Event Date and time: Friday – 07
Venue details: Riverside Terrace Café, Level 2,| Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Organisers: Southbank Centre| email@example.com
Event website: Friday Tonic – Emmanuela Yogolelo
A natural singer-songwriter from the age of five, Emmanuela Yogolelo was born in the Eastern mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she was exposed to the traditional music of local tribes, such as the Shi and Mbuti pygmies, as well as more contemporary African musical genres, such as the Congolese Rumba and Seben.
As well as covering powerful songs from well-known African musicians, such as Lokua Kanza and Papa Wemba, Emmanuela uses her evocative voice to deliver her own compositions, sourced both from her own every day experiences and from the wisdom passed down to her from African elders.
Her music is built on strong African foundations: incorporating genres such as Agwaya, Rumba and Soukous; but with a surface embroidery of Jazz, Pop, Blues and Gospel influences.
In 2012 Emmanuela was featured in a programme produced by the BBC World Service Songs of Healing from Congo.