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THE 13th LONDON AFRICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL, FRIDAY 18 to SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2015

September 17, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - September 27, 2015 @ 11:00 PM

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Yearly on the same date until September 27, 2015
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The 13th London African Music Festival presents

 “The London African Music Festival is an impressively eclectic affair” – Robin Denselow, The Guardian

For The 13th London African Music Festival we have living legends in EBO TAYLOR (Ghana), LUCKY RANKU (South Africa), MOSE FAN FAN (Congo), PAUL LUNGA (Zimbabwe) and ED BENTLEY (UK). 

 We have London debuts for three new divas in SUZANNA LUBRANO (Cape Verde), OUM (Morocco)  and YINKA DAVIES (Nigeria). Suzanna Lubrano creates a musical world that is between zouk and R&B. Oum performances show a singer who knows her musical history and add something new to it. Yinka Davies’s position as a judge on Nigeria Idol gives her a weekly exposure to Nigerian homes. Her music is pure Afrobeat with soul styles thrown in.

SANDRA NKAKE is the most explosive of the new singers coming from West Africa with roots in African popular cultures and urban sharpness of her roots in France. 

 

Furthermore we are proud to present SEUN KUTI (Nigeria), HANISHA SOLOMON (Ethiopia), MIKE AREMU (Nigeria) as well  JOE DRISCOLL and SEKOU KOUYATE (USA/Gambia) and The heavenly voices of the REAPERS CHOIR, the 2014 finalist of the BBC Choir of the Year, will be heard in all their soulfulness.

 

Biyi Adepegba, Director
Friday 18th September, 7.00pm

SUZANNA LUBRANO (Cape Verde)

The Tabernacle

35 Powis Square, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AY

www.tabernacleW11.com

Tickets: £20.00/£17.50

 

Suzanna Lubrano, has become one of Cape Verde’s most brilliant singers. After the release of her first album in 1997 , her fame has risen steadily to become very popular in Cape Verde, Angola and Mozambique, as well as the Portuguese speaking diaspora.

Suzanna Lubrano has released several albums that have gone Gold and Platinum as well as winning major international music awards including the prestigious KORA All African Music Award for both Best West African Female and Best African Female. 

 

She performs mostly in Portuguese speaking Africa and in the diaspora and we are very proud to present at the London African Music Festival. Suzanna’s music can be best described as a mix of Zouk and R&B.

 

Tonight she makes her London debut with her full band and plays from her 2015’s CD “VICTORIA”.

 

Suzanna Lubrano https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta6iaett6i4
Friday 18th September, 7.00pm

SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 (Nigeria)

Union Chapel

Compton Avenue, London, N1 2XD

www.unionchapel.org.uk

Tickets: £25.00/£22.50

 “The word from Lagos” reports the Observer, is that “Seun Kuti is the real deal, and recent live shows confirmed he’s a natural, with all the sexy charisma you might have hoped for”.

Seun Kuti, the son of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Nigeria’s wildly inventive musical visionary and creator of  Afrobeat, is an unstoppable force in Nigerian music.  Singer, saxophonist and electrifying performer, Seun is an embodiment of his father’s defiant spirit; his charisma, magnetic onstage presence, dance, voice, politics and of course the music; an electrifying fusion of traditional African rhythms with the big horn sounds of funk and jazz.  Seun however, updates his father’s style giving it a contemporary edge, yet never lets tradition down.

Seun Kuti has been at the helm of his  father’s legendary band, Egypt 80 for over twenty years (he first played with them at the age of eight), and it is with this band he performs this show in the beautiful Union Chapel.

 

SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkWwEY-se4o
Friday 18th September, 7.00pm

GORDON MASIALA (Congo)

Canada Water Culture Space,

21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk

Tickets: £15.00 / £12.50 (cons)

Congolese singer GORDON MASIALA and his band NK MUSICA play upbeat and high tempo Soukous, Rumba, Salsa and Afro-Cuban music.

 

A true showman, the peroxide haired Gordon Masiala has added tighter rhythms and grooves to make his sound sharper and more infectious. The trademark of chiming guitar riffs and deep bass lines are present and correct.

 

Gordon Masiala has been in music for over 20 years and  as Band leader and lead vocalist with his band NK Musica performing worldwide for over a decade.

 

They are recognised as one of the best African bands in the world and with Gordon’s distinctive sense of style, they have also become one of the most memorable.

GORDON MASIALA and his band NK MUSICA on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCuEbUifWZ4

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saturday 19th September, 7.00pm

YINKA DAVIES (Nigeria)

Canada Water Culture Space

21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk

Tickets: £15.00/£12.50

 

Yinka Davies is arguably the finest contemporary singer in Nigeria. Her remarkable career she has seen her singing with Ayinde Barrister, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Shina Peters  and Lagbaja.

 

Her musical odyssey was seen to take a positive turn  when she pitched her tent with Lagbaja with whom she made some remarkable records.  

 

She was also the featured singer on the great Tony Allen’s  “Lagos No Shaking” album which she also performed with him at The Cave in London and  toured in Europe in 2005.

She became a massive star in Nigeria when she became a Judge on Nigerian Idol  in 2010 where she continues to give her honest opinion on artists competing in the show.

 

This is her first London show and she will play with an all star band performing songs from her own solo albums “Emi n’lo” and “Black Chiffon” and recently recorded songs.

 

Yinka Davies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwvnQW0tMms


Sunday 20th September, 7.00pm 

OUM (Morocco)

The Tabernacle 

35 Powis Square, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AY

www.tabernacleW11.com

Tickets: £20.00/£17.50

 

For a long time already, singer Oum has captured the hearts of the people in her country and is worshiped like a diva.

 

Now, she sets out to make career in the rest of the world. After the successful release of two albums in Morocco, “Soul of Morocco” is her first international album, which is said to open up many doors for her.

 

To Moroccan Gnawa rhythms she adds well dosed sounds of Jazz, a bit of Pop, Rhythm and Blues as well as some Soul and Funk. She brings the different elements of her genre mix in a stable balance on which her impressive and expressive voice can sumptuously unfold.

 

Oum’s “Soul of Morocco” has got everything to ingratiate the ear canals. We are convinced that this charismatic singer is going to gain many hearts with her live-performance – the insider tip of this year’s festival.

 

Photo credit © Lamia Lahbabi

 

OUM on YouTube

 


Sunday 20th September, 7.00pm 

ABDOULAYE SAMB and MINNJIARABY

HOOTANANNY BRIXTON

95 Effra Road, London SW2 1DF

www.hootanannybrixton.co.uk

 

Senegalese guitarist and vocalist ABDOULAYE SAMB and his band MINNJIARABY (translates literally ‘Love of cultural mixing’ from Wolof) draw elements from the rich Fula tradition interwoven with Rumba, Mbalax, Afro-Latin and deep blues to create something new in the grand tradition of Senegalese music – an original music blending Mbalax, Senegalese Blues and Afro acoustic, deeply rooted in Fula and Mandinka cultures music driven by mbalax rhythms.

 

In his travel ABDOULAYE SAMB has played with many artists and groups such as Assane Mboup, Abdou Diop, Salam Diallo, Daby Balde, Abou Thiouballo, Baaba Maal.

 

The music has grown from Abdoulaye’s travels, collaborations and encounters in Africa and Europe.

 

ABDOULAYE SAMB on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKVn5Ju96qQ
Monday 21st September, 7.00pm

INESS MEZEL (France/Algeria)

THE TABERNACLE

35 Powis Square, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AY

www.tabernacleW11.com

Tickets: £20.00/£17.50

 

Iness Mezel of Berber (Kabyle) origin,  has been developing a musical identity, firmly rooted in her dual culture ever since she started performing in 1995.

Her voice has a rare and bewitching tone; singing a cappella, it becomes delicate and serene; then suddenly it lets itself go into pieces full of festivity, brightness, warmth and innovation.

This means broadening the traditional concept of Berber music by opening up onto a harmonic space, in which the melodies make child’s play of the major and minor modes, thus giving her music a touch of jazz or blues, unusual phrasing.

The music she composes are  like  sparks that fly on the impact of  her personal feelings of what it means to be Kabyle come into contact with the harmonies and rhythms she has gathered on her musical journey.

 

Tonight is the first international performance of Iness Mezel’s new CD  titled “STRONG” released by Wrasse Records.

 

INESS MEZEL on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARTmATYqWf0


Monday 21 September, 8.00pm

ED BENTLEY (Ghana/UK)

VORTEX JAZZ CLUB

11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ

www.vortexjazz.co.uk

Tickets: £12.50/£10.00

 

Ed Bentley is a fine pianist, organist and a vocalist , a multi-instrumentalist known principally for his work on Jazz Piano and Hammond Organ despite his early start with the double bass and electric bass at the age of 14 and acoustic and electric guitars at the age of 18. Ed arrived in England in 1971.

 

 

He has also worked with top artists including a World Tour with Deniece Williams, Irene Reed (Count Basie Band), Percy Sledge, Guitar Legend Al Casey, Bobby Watson, Michael Hashim and the late George Williams from the Tymes with whom he had a commercial hit, “Never Again” , which Ed had written and which stayed in the National Charts Top Twenty for ten weeks.  Apart from these artists in the U.S.A.  Ed has also worked with top artists in the UK, Europe, Australia, Far East and Africa.

 

A charismatic figure and amazing live performer who seeks out new directions that keep his music dazzlingly inventive, raw and original.

 

This is a contemporary African music unlike anyone else.

 

ED BENTLEY on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ1dvcqIIgo
Monday 21st September, 8.00pm

LONDON AFROBEAT COLLECTIVE (UK)

THE FORGE

3-7 Delancey Street, London, NW1 7NL

http://www.forgevenue.org/

Tickets: £12.50/£10.00 (cons)

 

If, as the great Fela Kuti once said, ‘music is the weapon’, then you’ll need to wear armour to withstand the full sonic force of London Afrobeat Collective (LAC).

 

LAC’s brand new album ‘Food Chain’ produced by Leon Brichard and to be released in May 2015 was made in London. This Big Funk from Africa keeps Afrobeat principles strong and leads the way to the future of the movement.

 

The album represents the pulse of London’s live music scene and designed to thrill audiences and inspire DJs to play fresh sounds from the heart of the city.

 

This equal and diverse 10 piece band adds funk and rock guitar to the bass, beats and brass in a session that includes Yoruba sung ‘Ijo Ina’ (Fire Dance) where compelling vocalist Funke Adeleke pierces the sound waves and leads us to the dance floor.

 

As one of the most unique and exciting bands in the UK today, their live performance is nothing short of awe inspiring.

 

LONDON AFROBEAT COLLECTIVE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LKNJR39f5c

 

Monday 21st September, 7.00pm

THE REAPERS CHOIR (UK)

CANADA WATER CULTURE SPACE

21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk

Tickets: £12.50/£10.00 (cons)

 

The Reapers Choir, directed by  Anu Omideyi, is a church choir from the Christ Apostolic Church (Bethel) UK.

 

This magnificent choir was a finalist in the BBC Gospel Choir of the Year 2014 competition.

 

The Reapers Choir creates the most uplifting music that warms your heart. Their close harmonies and  intricate vocal arrangements have made them one of UK’s finest choirs.

 

The choir has performed at many venues nationwide from the Hackney Empire, Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall to churches and prisons in the UK and internationally in Perugia, Italy and Accra, Ghana.

 

Tonight The Reapers Choir and their 5-piece band will feature their first single, the uplifting Stand Still (Remix), original favourites including “Got to Move On” and “Nobody Knows” as heard on Gospel radio stations and they will release their brand new single, “Turn Away”.

 

You will also hear other well-known soul stirring gospel classics plus some additional African favourites. This is an opportunity to hear this magnificent choir up and close.

 

THE REAPERS CHOIR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytz8NZvsGI8

 

 

Tuesday 22nd September, 8.00pm

ORANGE BLOSSOM (France/Egypt)

RICHMIX

35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

www.richmix.org.uk

Tickets: £17.50/£15.00

 

Electric whirlpools, electronic storms, Oriental arabesques: insolent mixing which is not satisfied with half measures.

 

The music of Orange Blossom suggests a free world of doubts where East and West fraternize with ease. It’s an idea dreamed up by Carlos Robles Arenas (drummer, percussionist and composer) and Pierre Jean Chabot violinist, both of them passionate of world music.

 

During a residence in Cairo, both were caught up in the spells cast by the songs they heard. And thus was born the frame of a richly coloured musical world that culminates in their first album from 2005, which was succeeded in 2014, after a long maturation, Under The Shade of Violets. Valuable, innovative, undoubtedly one of the treasures of world music.

 

ORANGE BLOSSOM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9IUzvBuclw

 

 

 

 


Tuesday 22nd September, 8.00pm

LUCKY RANKU (South Africa)

VORTEX JAZZ CLUB

11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ

www.vortexjazz.co.uk

Tickets: £15.00/£12.50

 

The great South African guitarist Lucky Ranku has been at the heart of South African music for over 40 years, playing, recording and touring with the likes of Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Dudu Pukwana, Pinise Saul as well as British icon Mike Oldfield and leading his own bands The African Jazz Allstars, South African Gospel Singers and Township Express.

 

Lucky Ranku’s signature guitar sound changed African guitar forever. With The Malombo Jazz Group in the 60s and Julian Bahula’s Jabula in the 70s he laid the foundation for what became known as “the township beat”.

 

Tonight Lucky Ranku and his band celebrate the music of Dudu Pukwana whose passing 25 years ago this year left an unfilled gap in African jazz music.

 

LUCKY RANKU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iiv4Oivlu6U

 

 

 

 


Tuesday 22nd September, 7.30pm

AAR MAANTA (Somalia)

Canada Water Culture Space

21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk

Tickets: £15.00/£12.50

Considered the voice of the new generation Somalis in the UK, British Somali singer and songwriter Aar Maanta moved to the United Kingdom following Somalia’s civil war of the early 1990’s.

As a lone child in a new country, Maanta turned to music for comfort, absorbing many genres including pop, rock, hip hop, R&B and house. He started studying music at school and then later at university. However, he completed a degree in science and returned to singing.

 

Aar Maanta produces an eclectic mix of styles blended with traditional Somali music, including the classical oud-centred Qaraami (“love songs” in Arabic) style of the 1940s.

 

Aar Maanta is now the only Somali music artist in Europe that is successfully fusing traditional Somali music with a variety of contemporary influences. Recognizing this achievement in 2010, Star Africa Radio of Paris referred to Aar Maanta as a “a Somali culture shaper in London.” For his live show Aar Maanta set up a multinational band that reflects the diversity of his musical influences and his base city of London.

AAR MAANTA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXBXY4RzwGE


Wednesday 23rd  September, 8.00pm

MOSE ‘FAN FAN’ (Congo)

+ DJ Jay Bola No. 1

The Forge 

3-7 Delancey Street, London, NW1 7NL

http://www.forgevenue.org/

Tickets: £16.00/£13.00

 

Mose Se Sengo ‘Fan Fan’ (Mose Fan Fan) is one of Africa’s most prominent guitarists. Mose Fan Fan first shot to fame in the 60s and early 70s as the second lead guitarist of OK JAZZ (later renamed as TPOK Jazz) between 1967-74 with the legendary FRANCO (François Luambo Makiadi).

 

Together with Franco, Mose Fan Fan was instrumental in developing the unique Congolese rumba sound, called soukous (a fusion of traditional Congolese African music with Caribbean (especially Afro-Cuban, Haitian music) and South American sounds.

 

In 1985 he quickly established himself as a central figure in the burgeoning area of ‘world music’ in the UK and it is with great pride that the welcomes him to the festival for the first time in 2015.

 

If you have never seen Mose Fan Fan live the festival is proud to provide this opportunity. If you have then you know this is going to be one of the African gigs of the year.

 

MOSE ‘FAN FAN’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwzFZNKPvoE


Wednesday 23rd  September, 7.00pm

HANISHA SOLOMON (Ethiopia)

CANADA WATER CULTURE SPACE

21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk

Tickets: £15.00/£12.50

 

Ethiopian singer Hanisha Solomon is the new name in Ethiopian music. A brilliant and powerful singer whose epic songs “Ayyoo” (Mother), “Amma” and “Africa Unite” announced the arrival of a new singing star.

 

Hanisha Solomon was brought up in the Ethiopian church where she learnt how to sing from the heart.

 

Singing in Amharic, Oromiffa & Arabic languages she combines Amharic musical scales with urban grooves from Africa and America to create something powerful and beautiful.

 

Tonight she performs with her full band from Addis Ababa.

 

HANISHA SOLOMON  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chDfaymi388

 

 


Wednesday 23rd  September, 8.00pm

PAUL LUNGA (Zimbabwe)

VORTEX JAZZ CLUB

11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ

www.vortexjazz.co.uk

Tickets: £12.50/£10.00

 

Trumpeter Paul Lunga hails from Zimbabwe, an alumni of Goldsmith’s College, London and now lecturer at the Impact Music Academy.

 

His roots are in Bulawayo where the melting pot of cultures, emanating from the mass migration of rural communities developed a unique style of Zimbabwean Township Jazz.

 

An international trumpet player who has collaborated with the likes of Hugh Masekela, Dorothy Masuka, Abdullah Ibrahim and Basil Coetzee.

 

Tonight Paul Lunga and his band Jazz Impacto play a set of original music by Paul Lunga.

 

PAUL LUNGA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtvr41bcnHM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday 23rd  September, 8.00pm

SADIO CISSOKHO (Senegal)

STRONGROOM BAR & KITCHEN

120-124 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3SQ.

www.strongroombar.com

 

This is Casamance Rock, 700 years of griot history plugged into an amplifier.

 

Celebrated Senegalese composer and praise singer SADIO CISSOKHO who presents his own personal blend of Afro Mandingue music with blistering Kora runs that even upon being seen still defy belief.

 

Unlike many West African acts which feature a dominant kora supported by background musicians, Sadio Cissokho’s group provides a whole band groove.

 

Sadio takes the wheel with the driving force of a true Kora master, but it’s the powerful mandinka bass and drum kit brotherhood with fierce sabar percussion that forms the beating heart of the band. Together they work as one to produce a performance which seamlessly integrates all the elements into a cutting-edge Senegalese sound.

 

Join us at the Strongman Bar to enjoy this concert and merry at the amazing bar.

 

SADIO CISSOKHO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA2DD0eIKdA


Thursday 24th September, 7.00pm

MIKE AREMU (Nigeria)

Canada Water Culture Space

21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk

Tickets: £15.00/£12.50

 

Nigeria’s leading saxophonist Mike Aremu creates music that strands the line between powerful secular jazz funk workout and the spirituality of the non-secular gospel music.

A household name in Nigeria and whose fame is such that Midnight Crew (a popular African group) sang “Mike Aremu plays jazz” .

Mike Aremu continues to shape Nigerian music with his sophisticated melodies of contemporary jazz with the infectious rhythms of his Nigerian cultures.

Tonight he leads his band as they play from his current CD “Coat of Many Colours” (Vision Band). Expect an explosive show from one of the great names of Nigerian music.

 

MIKE AREMU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b3IljRlpVE

 


Thursday 24th September, 8.00pm

SANDRA NKAKE (Cameroon/France)

RICHMIX

35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

www.richmix.org.uk

Tickets: £17.50/£15.00

 

Cameroonian-French singer/songwriter Sandra Nkaké’s childhood was between two continents, cultures and climates. This has created an extraordinary, multi-faceted performer of unparalleled stage craft. She has appeared in numerous stage, film and TV shows as a actor/comedienne and won best new jazz artist at the 2012 French Music Awards.

 

She has worked with China Moses, L’Orchestre National de Jazz, Booster and Nana Vasconcelos. Her musical influences are many, but include: Folk, Soul, Jazz, and Hip hop but also Bulgarian voices and Flamenco.

 

Sandra Nkake has released two albums Mansaadi (2008) and Nothing For Granted (2012).

 

Tonight she brings her “Nothing For Granted” band to the festival featuring Sandra Nkake (Lead singer), Ji Dru (flute),

Matthieu Ouaki (guitar), Kenny Ruby (bass), Thibault Brandalise (drums), Armel Dupas (keyboards), Alan Ledem, (sound) and Julien Dufour (light)

 

SANDRA NKAKE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFuaifXJDvI

 


Friday 25th September, 7.00pm

DABY TOURÉ  (Mauritania)

Canada Water Culture Space

21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk

Tickets: £15.00/£12.50

 

Based in Paris, Daby Touré hails from Mauritania with family roots in Senegal. While his father and uncles formed the pioneering Afropop band Toure Kunda, Touré has always followed his own musical path, with influences ranging from African folk melodies and desert blues, to jazz, pop, reggae, funk and soul.

 

Blessed with an open mind and an explorer’s spirit, Daby Touré never fails to astound audiences with his ethereal voice, masterful guitar work and catchy original songs.

 

He illuminates the darkest of concert halls with his joyful performances and infectious love of music. After releasing three albums with the British Real World label and one with Universal Music, Touré revives his independent spirit with an upcoming album to be released in 2015 on respected international music label Cumbancha.

 

Touré’s latest album Amonafi (Cumbancha) promises to bring his appealing songs, virtuoso musicianship and endearing personality to ever-wider audiences.

 

DABY TOURÉ  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XkM59OsnXo
Friday 24th September, 9.00pm

THE INRHYTHMS

+ KADIALY KOUYATE

PASSING CLOUDS

1 Richmond Road, London, E8 4AA 

www.passingclouds.org

Tickets: £10.00/£7.00

 

THE INRHYTHMS, a 7-piece band from Lagos and London, mixes the cerebral musicality of afrobeat with the visceral grooves of funk and underpinned then with Yoruba-English vocals styles to create an eclectic futuristic world dance music making them one of the key bands from the contemporary African music.

 

KADIALY KOUYATE and his five piece band open the evening with their cracking funky vibes and upbeat West African grooves. With Kadialy Kouyate’s 21 string kora on top of the grooves.

 

THE INRHYTHMS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58lqOPTRjng

 

KADIALY KOUYATE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUfD5WGL3hw
Saturday 26th September, 7.00pm

EBO TAYLOR (Ghana)

UNION CHAPEL

Compton Avenue, London, N1 2XD

www.unionchapel.org.uk

Tickets: £25.00/£22.50

 

Ebo Taylor has been a vital figure on the Ghanaian music scene for over six decades.

 

In the late ’50s he was active in the influential highlife bands the Stargazers and the Broadway Dance Band, and in 1962 he took his own group, the Black Star Highlife Band, to London, which led to collaborations with Fela Kuti and other African musicians in Britain at the time.

Returning to Ghana, he worked as a producer, crafting recordings for Pat Thomas, C.K. Mann, and others, as well as exploring his own projects, combining traditional Ghanaian material with Afro-beat, jazz, and funk rhythms to create his own recognizable sound in the ’70s.

He then took a 30-year break from the business, returning in 2010 with the album Love and Death, followed two years later by Appia Kwa Bridge.

 

EBO TAYLOR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGWoXWzwm0I

 


Sunday 27 September, 7.00pm

JOE DRISCOLL and SEKOU KOUYATE (USA/Guinea)

The Tabernacle 

35 Powis Square, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AY

www.tabernacleW11.com

Tickets: £20.00/£17.50

Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate – a New York beatboxing folk-rapper and Guinean Kora virtuoso – create boundary-trampling live show that imaginatively fuses Afro-beat, hip-hop & folk.

 

Driscoll contributes the rapping, looping, beatboxing and song writing talents he developed growing up in Syracuse, New York and during his own successful recording career.

 

Kouyate, already a phenomenon in African music circles, has blown minds and ears with his hypersonic electrified riffs on the kora, bringing the exalted West African harp into the 21stCentury with use of distortion peddles, effects and previously-unimagined technical prowess.

 

Together, Driscoll and Kouyate blend hip-hop, spoken word, funk, and soulful, accessible rock with Afrobeat, reggae and irrepressible African grooves.

 

JOE DRISCOLL AND SEKOU KOUYATE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-Uhlt_-3o4

 


Sunday 27 September, 9.00pm

DESOLA (Nigeria)

HOOTANANNY BRIXTON

95 Effra Road, London, SW2 1DF

www.hootanannybrixton.co.uk

 

HEAR A NEW VOICE

 

Desola is a British-Nigerian singer/songwriter and soul artist.

 

Desola began singing at a young age, and despite singing in churches and with numerous choirs during this time

 

Her natural ability to connect with the listener and is presented in a creative and melodious way, transporting the listener on a journey.

 

Desola’s eclectic musical tastes – from neo –soul and jazz to RnB and  traditional soul music are reflected in her songs and her writing is poignant and heartfelt. Her music will simply be nutritious to the soul.

 

Tonight she is backed by a five-piece band as she sings from her debut CD “REST”.

 

DESOLA on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtZpM0UPPvM

Details

Start:
September 17, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
End:
September 27, 2015 @ 11:00 PM
Cost:
£17.50
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The Tabernacle
35 Powis Square
London, W11 2AY
Phone:
02073289613
Website:
www.joyfulnoise.co.uk

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Joyful Noise
Phone:
02073289613
Email:
joyfulnoise@talk21.com
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www.joyfulnoise.co.uk

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Event Excerpt
The 13th London African Music Festival presents “The London African Music Festival is an impressively eclectic affair” – Robin Denselow, The Guardian For The 13th London African Music Festival we have living legends in EBO TAYLOR (Ghana), LUCKY RANKU (South Africa), MOSE FAN FAN (Congo), PAUL LUNGA (Zimbabwe) and ED BENTLEY (UK). We have London debuts for three new divas in SUZANNA LUBRANO (Cape Verde), OUM (Morocco) and YINKA DAVIES (Nigeria). Suzanna Lubrano creates a musical world that is between zouk and R&B. Oum performances show a singer who knows her musical history and add something new to it. Yinka Davies’s position as a judge on Nigeria Idol gives her a weekly exposure to Nigerian homes. Her music is pure Afrobeat with soul styles thrown in. SANDRA NKAKE is the most explosive of the new singers coming from West Africa with roots in African popular cultures and urban sharpness of her roots in France. Furthermore we are proud to present SEUN KUTI (Nigeria), HANISHA SOLOMON (Ethiopia), MIKE AREMU (Nigeria) as well JOE DRISCOLL and SEKOU KOUYATE (USA/Gambia) and The heavenly voices of the REAPERS CHOIR, the 2014 finalist of the BBC Choir of the Year, will be heard in all their soulfulness. Biyi Adepegba, Director