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Kadialy Kouyate & band - St Ethelburga's Fri June 21st

PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:41 pm
by wallee Mc Donnell
For my very first gig at St Ethelburga's in Oct 2005, I booked Kadialy Kouyate & Kike Pedersen, a handful of people turned up and the music gigs at St Ethelburga's kicked off.
Now I'm approaching the final few gigs after 8 yrs of putting on gigs at St Ethelburga's, it's great to invite Kadialy back on Fri June 21st, with a completely different line up - all Senegalese musicians.
Kadialy Kouyate: Kora & vocals
Abdoulaye Samb: guitar & vocals
Mamadou Sarr: percussion & vocals
Amadou Ndir: bass.

Performing original music inspired by the West African griot repertoire, Kadialy was born into the great line of Kouyate griots in Southern Senegal. He is one of the best kora players in UK now, his mesmerising playing and singing style have been welcomed in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles, including the Royal Festival Hall, O2 Arena, Union Chapel and WOMAD.

http://www.kadialykouyate.com/

Kadialy’s critically acclaimed debut album Londo - selected for the fRoots November 2010 compilation CD – blends the kora with cello, double bass and percussion.

He has also done numerous radio appearances : BBC Radio 3 ‘World Routes’, Charlie Gillett’s ‘World of Music’, BBC World Service, European tours and International tours.

"Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyate showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerising instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice, to create a Toumani Diabate-meets-Youssou N'Dour sound". – Time Out.

Doors open 6.45 pm Music 7.30pm

Admission £10 advance; Admission £12 door
Bookings on line: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/219071
email: music@stethelburgas.org
Tel: 07776136609
Food and bar available

Re: Kadialy Kouyate & band - St Ethelburga's Fri June 21st

PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:39 pm
by will vine
wallee Mc Donnell wrote:Now I'm approaching the final few gigs after 8 yrs of putting on gigs at St Ethelburga's,


Oh No! Can this be true? Lack of support or moving on?

I am guilty in not getting up there more than a few times.....Life eh?

Re: Kadialy Kouyate & band - St Ethelburga's Fri June 21st

PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:10 pm
by wallee Mc Donnell
Hi Will,

Moving on. It's been great but time to move. No probs about not getting up to see some gigs so much. As you say, life.

Re: Kadialy Kouyate & band - St Ethelburga's Fri June 21st

PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:11 pm
by will vine
Still not clear....is the music finishing?

Re: Kadialy Kouyate & band - St Ethelburga's Fri June 21st

PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:52 pm
by EleanorT
will vine wrote:Still not clear....is the music finishing?


I do hope not!!! This is my regular destination of a Friday night (though unlikely to get there tonight), where I'm always guaranteed to either enhance or improve on the week that's just gone by, and it always helps me to keep sane, as seeing bands I love or discovering new ones is good for the soul. Firstly I hope the music is not coming to a halt, and secondly even if not stopping, Wallee your presence and programming will be much missed. My daughter, now two months old, would also be disappointed not to have this lovely venue to come back to and be made to feel welcome, despite her young age!

Re: Kadialy Kouyate & band - St Ethelburga's Fri June 21st

PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:54 pm
by wallee Mc Donnell
Hi Will and Eleanor.

The music will continue but so far nothing has been organised to replace me. St Ethelburga's is not really a music venue, I just kept at it with a passion and some great people around me (we still miss you Ted). I had to call time on this situation, it's not been easy but it has been great fun.
Thanks for your kind words Eleanor, I like having kids and young people at the concerts, at St Ethelburga's that can happen. An opportunity for kids to hear some exciting, different new sounds they won't find easily on the radio or TV in London.
So! yes the concerts will continue in St Ethelburga's in the autumn quite likely a later start to next season while things are sorted out.

Re: Kadialy Kouyate & band - St Ethelburga's Fri June 21st

PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:34 pm
by will vine
Wallee,
In the words of an obscure Swedish combo - Thank You For The Music (even if I didn't get to much of it - great to know you were there). Good luck as you move on, and we all get to say "Where's Wallee?"

Re: Kadialy Kouyate & band - St Ethelburga's Fri June 21st

PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:00 pm
by Ted
I've been listening to some old desk recordings of St. Eths gigs over the last few days and reminding myself of some of the wonderful moments - indeed whole wonderful gigs - that have happened there under Wallee's stewardship. I don't think many people realise a) Just how much work went into keeping the thing happening over the years, and b) (and I hope I'm not giving any secrets away here) how old Wallee is. Someone said to me once that the thing they loved about St. Eths was that it was "so NOT rock'n'roll". Hushed, contemplative music works best there. The closeness of audience to performer allows absorption and interaction and ruthlessly exposes fakeness. Technically quite ordinary performers can give astonishing shows, monster egos and bombastic tech-out (you know who I'm talking about don't you Wal?) just look a bit silly. My best gig? A sunday afternoon performance by Unni Lovlid to an audience who were outnumbered by the crew. Or maybe one of Adriano Adewale's joyous percussion-led bands (the venue builds lasting relationships with artists). Maybe Carmen Souza. Or an Andrew Cronshaw/Tigran Alexsayan gig lit in full-on alien abduction mode. A Horacio Fumero bass solo during a Marta Topferova set.

Good work Wallee. Be proud.

Re: Kadialy Kouyate & band - St Ethelburga's Fri June 21st

PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:55 pm
by EleanorT
I'm looking forward to Saturday night's festivities.

Re: Kadialy Kouyate & band - St Ethelburga's Fri June 21st

PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:56 pm
by wallee Mc Donnell
Thanks for the comps, Ted.

It's been a amazing ride.
Other memorable gigs i remember are Asere doing an unplugged gig with audience right up close. Fredy Masamba and his band, in front of about about dozen people but still gave a brilliant show. All She 'Koyokh's gig were excellent. Gasandji, met her after her set on BBC stage at WOMAD, she was class. Siska Sukru, gamelon group, beautiful. Diable Cissokho & Ramon Goose and followed by Diable Cissokho and his band on following night, Rafiki Jazz, Luzmira Zerpa & Family Atlantica, Aziza Brahim, Amaraterra, Kadialy Kouyate every time. Daby Balde, Chango Spasiuk and more. That's enough.

Unfortunately I wasn't in charge of programming for last Sat, gala event. Was great night but not up to standard. I'll have to organise Gala 2

Re: Kadialy Kouyate & band - St Ethelburga's Fri June 21st

PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:44 pm
by EleanorT
Well we had a great evening (we missed the first part) and weren't in any way disappointed. Hope we can get to the last gigs of yours. You will definitely be missed.

Re: Kadialy Kouyate & band - St Ethelburga's Fri June 21st

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:10 pm
by wallee Mc Donnell
Happy to read that, Eleanor.

Yes it was a great night, it's true.