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London African Music Festival 2014

PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:36 pm
by Jamie Renton
Check out this line-up (including Event 6)

DAY 1
EVENT 1

FRIDAY 19th SEPTEMBER
BOMBINO (Niger)
+ JALLY KEBBA SUSSO (Gambia)

UNION CHAPEL, Compton Avenue, London, N1 2XD
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £20.00 / £17.50 (cons) | Bookings: www.unionchapel.org.uk

Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar plays from his new album, Nomad, recorded with 2013 Grammy-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys for which he has collected rave reviews. BBC World Service which calls it 'utterly, utterly fantastic" and Rolling Stone rates Nomad "the most exciting blues album of the year" and "a perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero." His dazzling live performance and virtuosity on the guitar have earned him comparisons, amongst notable music critics, to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Neil Yong and Jerry Garcia.

Gambia’s kora master Jally Kebba Susso plays solo set to kick of the festival.


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EVENT 2
FRIDAY 19thSEPTEMBER
YAABA FUNK (UK/Ghana)
+ DJs Chief Commander Yaaba, + DJ Mr Brett + DJ the Outlaw Clive Wales

RICHMIX, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA.
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £12.50 / £10.00 (cons) | Bookings: www.richmix.org.uk

YAABA FUNK creates a floor-filling extravaganza combining the tightest rhythm section this side of Accra. Fat analogue bass lines, blazing horns, sparkling African guitar riffs and gritty rock guitar lines have made Yaaba Funk one of the finest afro-funk bands in the UK and the band with the most exuberant live shows. Tonight they play from their bass heavy new album “ “MY VOTE DEY COUNT” (Sterns Records).

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EVENT 3
Friday 19th September
KARAMA (Morocco)
+ M.O.O.K ENSEMBLE (various)

THE FLYOVER PORTOBELLO, 3-5 Thorpe Close, London, W10 5XL
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £12.50/£10.00 (cons) | Bookings: 07956 406 913 | www.theflyover.co.uk

A double bill of multi-cultural rhythms of London. KARAMA is led by Moroccan oud master SOUFIAN SAIHI whose compositions drive the band. With members from Venezuela, Spain, Japan, Morocco and the UK this is a truly border-crossing band.
Opening this double bill is M.OO.K ENSEMBLE, led by guitarist Giovanni Cacioppo, featuring six performers of musical cultures - Ethiopian singer of Coptic background; Dutch oboist; Spanish violist; English jazz double bassist and contemporary Danish percussionist. The Ethiopian female vocalist HAYMANOT TESFA whose Amharic language provides the soul of the band.

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EVENT 4
FRIDAY 19th SEPTEMBER
KAD ACHOURI (Algeria)

THE VORTEX JAZZ CLUB, 11 Gillett Square, N16 8AZ
Doors: 8.00pm | Tickets: £12.50 | Bookings: 020 7254 4097 | www.vortexjazz.co.uk

Pianist and vocalist Kad Achouri plays music located somewhere between funky mix of French chanson, Basque pop and world jazz, delivered with Kad's distinctively poetic and seductive vocals.

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EVENT 5
FRIDAY 19th SEPTEMBER
THE RHYTHMS + AFUNJA (Nigeria)

CHARLTON HOUSE, Charlton Road, London, SE7 8RE.
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £10.00 | Bookings: 020 8858 9497 | www.wegottickets.com

The Afro-funk night features two mighty bands born from the same hot furnace of Nigeria’s Afrobeat music scene. Both bands are lead by charismatic bassists with extraordinary power to take the music low. The Rhythms are 7-piece band from Lagos, Nigeria who mixes the cerebral musicality of afrobeat with the visceral grooves of funk and underpinned with Yoruba-English vocals styles. The 10-piece AFUNJA are led by bassist Afolabi Lipede. This is a contemporary African music at its best that takes the present into the future.

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EVENT 6
Friday 19th September
Harare (Zimbabwe)
+ London Zulu (South Africa/Fusion)
+ DJ Jamie Renton

HACKNEY ATTIC, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE
Doors: 8.00pm | Tickets: £6.00 | Box Office: 0871 902 5734 | wwww.hackneyattic.co.uk

The four -strong band Harare is fronted by the exuberance and charisma of Zimbabwean musician Kuda Matimba and features a groundbreaking line-up, mixing the buzzing acoustics of the Southern African marimba and mbira, lead and bass guitars and kit drum.
The first belongs to London Zulu, the project formerly fronted by the late, great South African singer and dancer Doreen Thobekile. Doreen’s daughter Ingrid Webster takes her place and backed by members of Transglobal Underground, she’ll be singing her heart out on a set of Township soul and West London funk.

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EVENT 7
FRIDAY 19th SEPTEMBER
DJ VOODOO FUNK
+ AFRIKOKOA DJs

THE FORGE, 3-7 Delancey Street, London, NW1 7NL
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £8.00/£10.00 (doors) | Bookings: 020 7383 7808 | www.forgevenue.org

DJ VOODOO FUNK is DJ Frank Gossner 'The archaeologist of African vinyl' (BBC News website). He is a collector of the rarest of African records from the 70s during his travels across Africa. Tonight he discusses his finding and plays some of these rare records with Afrikoko DJs

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DAY 2

EVENT 8
SATURDAY 20th SEPTEMBER
SAMY BISHAI (Egypt)

THE VORTEX JAZZ CLUB, 11 Gillett Square, N16 8AZ
Doors: 8.00pm | Tickets: £12.50.00 | Bookings: 020 7254 4097 | www.vortexjazz.co.uk

Celebrated Egyptian violinist and composer Samy Bishai fuses his Egyptian-ancestry with Western music to create a heady mix of unclassifiable music. Tonight he plays with his quartet exploring a wide range of themes, textures and syncopated grooves.

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EVENT 9
Saturday 20th September
SEEDS OF CREATION (Algeria)
SABBEY DRUMMERS (Ghana)
+ Afro-Palace DJs

UPSTAIRS AT THE RITZY, Brixton Oval, London, SW2 1JG
Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: £10.00 | Box Office: 0871 902 5739 | www.upstairsattheritzy.co.uk

JUJU! NIGHT at the Ritzy presents organic African sounds and rhythms with the legendary Mandolin player and songwriter from Algeria Seddik Zebiri and his group Seeds of Creation. Sabbey Drummers from Ghana, led by percussionist and vocalist Afla Sackey, take traditional rhythms, chants and dances to create explosive show.

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EVENT 10
SATURDAY 20th SEPTEMBER
ABDUL TEE-JAY (Sierra Leone)
SOLO PERFORMANCE

GREEN NOTE CLUB, 106 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN
Doors: 1.00pm Tickets: £7.00.00 | www.greennote.co.uk

Since arriving in the UK in the early 80s Freetown, Sierra Leone, guitarist, songwriter and singer ABDUL TEE-JAY has made an important contributions to British-African music through tours and releasing acclaimed albums like “Palm Wine A Go Go and E’Go Lef Pan You. He continues to push the boundary as he did when he formed his band “Rokoto” in 1988 and the band he still leads. In this festival appearance Abdul Tee-Jay plays solo as he looks back over his recording and featuring new versions and arrangements of palm wine classics that take the music.

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EVENT 11
SATURDAY 20th SEPTEMBER
IROKO FAMILY FUN DAY

Timber Lodge, North Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Honour Lea Avenue, London, E20 1DY
FREE ADMISSION

IROKO Family Fun Day provides a unique opportunity for families to sit, watch and listen or participate in a fun creative workshop exploring an African inspired music piece – drumming, songs, chants and movement. The FREE workshop led by IROKO Theatre Company and the renowned musician/composer, Juwon Ogungbe, will end in an interactive performance for the wider public at 4pm. Absolute fun for all the family and NO previous experience required!

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DAY 3

EVENT 12
SUNDAY 21st SEPTEMBER
SOUSOU and MAHER CISSOKO (Sweden and Senegal)
+ EBENEZER OKE

THE FLYOVER PORTOBELLO, 3-5 Thorpe Close, London, W10 5XL
Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: £12.50.00 | Bookings: 07956 406 913 | www.theflyover.co.uk

LONDON DEBUT for the Swedish/Senegalese couple Sousou and Maher Cissoko creating music that combines a variety of styles, influences, and techniques taken from diverse backgrounds and travels. Tonight with their band they play from their new album, Stockholm-Dakar.
Guitarist Ebenezer Oke from The Rhythms and The Yoruba Women Choir opens the show with his 6-piece band.

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EVENT 13
Sunday 21st September
BEN AUDU (Nigeria)

HOOTANANNY BRIXTON, 95 Effra Road Brixton London SW2 1DF
Doors: 8.00pm | free admission
FESTIVAL SHOWCASE 2014

Nigerian funk/jazz alto saxophonist Ben Audu makes his festival debut at the head of a terrific 6-piece band. Ben Audu takes the Fela Kuti’s relentless African swing and Maceo Parker’s punchy groves and creates something new and uplifting.

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EVENT 14
MONDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER
APELLES OGAGA (Kenya)

CHARLTON HOUSE, Charlton Road, London, SE7 8RE.
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £10.00/£8.00 | Bookings: 020 8858 9497 | www.eventbrites.com

The Kenyan song bird Apelles Ogaga is one of the new voices of Africa. A brilliant singer and song writer and most popular Kenyan singers of recent years. Her songs feature dominantly on Kenya’s mainstream radios as well as in other East Africa countries. In her festival debut she leads a cracking 7-piece band as she plays from her recent recording “UNASTAHILI SIFA" meaning "YOU ARE WORTHY" produced by guitarist Ebenezer Oke.

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EVENT 15
MONDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER
FOCUS ORGANIZATION Present: ALIM KAMARA
(Sierra Leone)

GREEN NOTE CLUB, 106 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £8.00.00 (adv) / £10.00 (night) | www.greennote.co.uk

The award winning lyricist Alim Kamara, plays with a live band to bring energy and rhythms to his words in motion moving from hip-hop to ancient storytelling.

WWW.FOCUSORGANIZATION.COM

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EVENT 16
MONDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER
JOYCE MOHOLOAGAE AND SAFRICANTO (South Africa)

CANADA WATER CULTURE SPACE, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7AR
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £12.50.00 | Bookings: 020 8692 4446 | www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk

SAFRICANTO is led by director JOYCE MOHOLOAGAE who studied at London's Royal Academy of Music, soloist with the South African Gospel Singers and The Vocal Ensemble of Africa. It features 6 singers and 4 musicians from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and South Africa.

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EVENT 17
MONDAY 22rd SEPTEMBER
KYAZI BLUES (Tanzania) + MUDIBU (Burundi)
+ DJ AFRICATHY

UPSTAIRS AT THE RITZY
Brixton Oval, London, SW2 1JG
Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: £10.00
Box Office: 0871 902 5739 | www.upstairsattheritzy.co.uk

Afro-Acoustics session with two guitarists who found the sound of the acoustic guitar exhilarating.
Singer/songwriter Singer guitarist KYAZI LUGANGIRA was born Tanzania and sings Kihaya Beat Blues and Sweet Afro Soul. Naturally he names his band “Kyazi Blues” in tribute to his roots. His melodic words are soft and his music evokes a beautiful gracefulness that is purely African. This is a rare opportunity to hear Kyazi sings in the rarely heard Kihaya language of his motherland. A true gift! Self taught musician MUDIBU was born In Burundi Bujumbura. Since arriving in the UK in 2002 Mudibu has gigging around London with trusted acoustic guitar. His recordings show a passionate musician with is own voice.

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DAY 5

EVENT 18
TUESDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER
GHALIA BENALI (Tunisia)
+ YAZ FENTAZI TRIO (Algeria)

THE TABERNACLE, 35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £20.00 | Bookings: 0207 221 9700 | www.tabernaclew11.com

Tunisia’s Ghalia Benali is one of the musical greats of the Arab world. Her fluid voice and compositions absorb a full circle ofvaried influences from Arabic folk and jazz traditions to contemporary chill out and Indian Classical music.
The Yaz Fentazi Trio featuring Yaz Fentazi (oud), Zad Adda (bass) and Eric Ford (drums) open the show with theirbreathtakingly rootsy blend of Gnawa, Chaabi, Andalusian music, jazz and blues

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EVENT 19
TUESDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER
LORRAINE LIONHEART (Botswana)
GREEN NOTE CLUB, 106 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN
Doors: 7.00pm |Tickets: £8.00.00 (adv) / £10.00 (night) | Bookings: www.greennote.co.uk
Lorraine Lionheart is one of the new faces on the African music scene. Born and raised in the Kalahari Desert, in Botswana. Her unique blend of African rhythms and soul gives her music an uplifting energy and soulfulness that makes her music come alive in any setting.

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EVENT 20
TUESDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER
SONA JOBARTEH (Gambia)

CANADA WATER CULTURE SPACE, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7AR
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £12.50.00 | Bookings: 020 8692 4446 | www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk

Sona Jobarteh is in a league on her own. Not only she is a kora virtuoso, from family of griots she is also a brilliant composer and performer. Tonight Sona Jobarteh performs with her band as she features music from her current CD “FASIYA” (West African Guild Records).

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DAY 6

EVENT 21
WEDNESDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
FOCUS ORGANIZATION Present: DEBRA DEBS (Cameroon/UK)

CARGO, 83 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £10.00/£12.50 | Bookings: 0207 739 3440 | www.cargo-london.com

Singer and songwriter DEBRA DEBS is one of the new names in British-African music. The up and coming singer combines West African vocal styles with R&B to glorious effects. Her debut album 'LIFECYCLES' – shows a remarkable artist with a great ear for melodies and harmonies. Tonight she plays from this album which topped the charts and was "Album Of The Week" on Jazz FM.
watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJGba0A-DUU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSSmIF62ODM

WWW.FOCUSORGANIZATION.COM

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EVENT 22
WEDNESDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
MAMANI KEITA (Mali)

CANADA WATER CULTURE SPACE, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7AR
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £12.50.00 | Bookings: 020 8692 4446 | www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk

LONDON DEBUT for Paris-based Mamani Keita, a brilliant singer and musician from Mali who collaborated with Salif Keita, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Hank Jones, Eric Legnini, Tama, Check Titiane Seck and many others. Tonight she plays from her new album KANOU (World Village) ‘to love’ in her native Bambara - that showcases her glorious voice to a brilliant effect. Her band includes virtuoso ngoni of Moriba Koita and the guitar of Djeli Moussa Kouyaté of Bamako Rail Band fame.

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EVENT 23
WEDNESDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
Official UK Premiere:
COS OV MONI 2
live performance by
Wanlov + M3nsa (Ghana)

HACKNEY ATTIC, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE
Doors 8.00pm | Tickets: £10 (Film) | £5 (Performance & After-Party)
Box Office: 0871 902 5734 | www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/

Official UK Premiere of the film - Cos Ov Moni 2 (FOKN Revenge] is a follow up to Coz Ov Moni, a pidgin musical starring M3nsa and Wanlov the Kubolor. FOKN Revenge does exactly what it says on the tin – the Bois rap, sing and dance their way through the streets of Accra and Tema in an effort to seek revenge on the armed robbers who kwashayed (attacked) them in the final scenes of Coz Ov Moni. So book earlier. Their will be a live performance with full band by the stars of the film Wanlov and M3nsa. If you like the first film and the sound track this is a rare chance to experience both in one sitting.

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DAY 7
EVENT 24
THURSDAY 25th SEPTEMBER
KOKO KANYINDA
AND THE CONGO ALLSTARS (Congo)

THE FLYOVER PORTOBELLO, 3-5 Thorpe Close, London, W10 5XL
Doors: 8.00pm | Tickets: £12.50.00 | Bookings: 07956 406 913 | www.theflyover.co.uk

Koko Kanyinda is a legendary percussionist and vocalist from Democratic Republic of Congo the last surviving conga player from the first generation of Congolese soukous. Tonight he leads the Congo Allstars band with a rock solid Congolese rhythm section bringing soukous music right up to date with funk rumba beats and cutting edge dub reggae creating an irresistible mix.

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EVENT 25
THURSDAY 25th SEPTEMBER
AUBREI WOKI AND THE KALAHARI (Botswana)

CHARLTON HOUSE, Charlton Road, London, SE7 8RE.
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £10.00/£8.00 | Bookings: 020 8858 9497 | www.eventbrites.com

Botswana’s bassist and vocalist Aubrei Woki is one of the unsung heroes of African music. For 30 years he was a bassist of choice for the likes of Hugh Masekela, Dudu Pukwana, The South African Gospel Singers and Township Express. Tonight AUBREI WOKI AND THE KALAHARI play from their new CD “MONEY”.

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EVENT 26
THURSDAY 25th SEPTEMBER
YOMI BASHIRU AND NAIJA GROOVES (Nigeria)

THE FORGE, 3-7 Delancey Street, London, NW1 7NL
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £12.50.00 | Bookings: 020 7383 7808 | www.forgevenue.org

Legendary Nigerian drummer/percussionist Yomi Bashiru and his explosive 9-piece group Naija Grooves create infectious groves from the fusion of fuji, juju and afrobeat rhythms. Leading from the front on timbales, Yomi Bashiru has created a musical genre that allows him to fuse afrobeat, juju, fuji, highlife and urban grooves together. This is a raw Nigerian dance music from one of the creators of Fuji music.

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EVENT 27
THURSDAY 25th SEPTEMBER
UNITED VIBRATIONS

HACKNEY ATTIC
270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE
Doors: 8.00pm Tickets: £10.00

Box Office: 020 7326 2615 | www.upstairsattheritzy.co.uk
WORMFOOD presents United Vibrations which plays a unique 12-tone dance music that draws on the rhythms of the world to form a highly infectious sound that knows no boundaries. They are an energetic musical force who deliver an inspirational live show. Theirs is a a multi-synthesis of rock, Afro-beat, punk, funk, hip-hop, drum and bass, jazz and more. They have created an identity that reflects 21st-century, multicultural London. The band have built up their following by regularly performing on the streets of London, gaining a reputation for turning pavements into parties. This raw street energy flows through their music.

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DAY 8

EVENT 28
FRIDAY 26th SEPTEMBER
NIRAN OBASA (Nigeria)

THE VORTEX JAZZ CLUB, 11 Gillett Square, N16 8AZ
Doors: 8.00pm Tickets: £12.50.00 | Bookings: 020 7254 4097 | www.vortexjazz.co.uk

Nigerian pianist Niran Obasa, keyboardist with The Yoruba Women Choir and The Rhythms. Lately he focuses on his compositions that bring together his secular and non-secular styles to create improvisational music that is totally unique. The first set of this concert premiers his solo suite “CHILDREN OF CHIBOK – dedicated to the kidnapped children of Chibok, Nigeria. In the second set he leads his 7-piece band that combine afrobeat, hi-life, urban grooves and jazz solos.

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EVENT 29
FRIDAY 26th SEPTEMBER
FOCUS ORGANIZATION Present: NATIVE SUN
(UK/ Mozambique)

PASSING CLOUDS, 1 Richmond Road, London E8 4AA
Doors: 8.00pm | Tickets: £8.00 (advance) | £10.50 (door) | Booking: www.passingclouds.org

Native Sun, duo with bilingual rapper Mohammed Yahya born in Mozambique and singer-song writer Sarina Leah born in London with Caribbean roots. Native Sun's sweet melodies, Hip Hop undertones, conscious bilingual lyrics and catchy hooks are combined perfectly to create an inspiring live experience.

Watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hfNf85ptlg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0K1UfUb_Yk

WWW.FOCUSORGANIZATION.COM

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EVENT 30
FRIDAY 26th SEPTEMBER
KING AYISOBA (Ghana)

CAFÉ OTO, 18 - 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
Doors: 8.00pm | Tickets: £8 (advance) | Booking: www.cafeoto.co.uk

King Ayisoba sings in Frafra, Twi and in English. A big star in Ghana he combines his traditional kologo music from the Upper East Region of Ghana with the energy and flavour of the twenty first century. There is a whole new scene now starting after King Ayisoba introduced the super catchy kologo beats to the bigger audiences in Ghana and abroad. The kologo is a two string guitar with a calabash gourd resonator, it is rhythmic and melodic at the same time. Traditionally kologo performances occur at local pito bars, weddings, funerals, festivals or spontaneous jams on the street.

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EVENT 31
FRIDAY 26th SEPTEMBER
ACOUSTIC AFRICA WITH
SEPREWA (Ghana)
+ MOSI CONDE (Guinea)

CHARLTON HOUSE, Charlton Road, London, SE7 8RE.
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £10.00 | Bookings: 020 8858 9497 | www.eventsbrite.com

A stunning acoustic double bill with no hint of electronic instruments in the glorious space that is Charlton House from three individual masters playing African folk music. The roots of African music start with its folk music played on acoustic instruments like kora, balafon and adungu. SEPREWA features a duo of guitarist ALFRED KARI BANNERMAN and seprewa player JOJO YATES.
Kora player MOSI CONDE is a young master immensely skilled and talented, from Guinea Conakry's leading griot family whose members are key to most of west Africa's vital traditional and contemporary related music scene.

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EVENT 32
FRIDAY 26th SEPTEMBER
CASBAH BLUES (Algeria)
+ SIMO LAGNAWI (Morocco)

HACKNEY ATTIC, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE
Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: £7 ADV | £9 DOOR
Box Office: 0871 902 5734 | www.hackneyattic.co.uk

Casbah Blues, led by Algerian singer and guitarist Nazim Ziryab, will hit you with the Arabic, African Blues and reggae Fusion sounds to get you dancing. The sound churned out by this six-piece band, is irresistibly danceable with an urban edge deeply steeped in North African traditional vibes. An excellent blend of traditional Berber music fused with Afro-Blues, reggae, Jazz and raw psychedelic sounds that will transport you from the East-end of London deep into the heart of the Sahara.
Morocco’s SIMO LAGNAWI is of one of the leading Guembri players and Gnawa masters. His released his debut solo album 'Gnawa London' in September 2013. The album showcases Simo’s mixes of Morocco’s sacred trance music with funk and jazz.

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DAY 9

EVENT 33
SATURDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
RISE KAGONA (Malawi)

THE VORTEX JAZZ CLUB, 11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ
Doors: 8.00pm | Tickets: £12.50 | Bookings: 020 7254 4097 | www.vortexjazz.co.uk

Rise Kagona is a true African music legend. Born in Malawi, Rise Kagona is the founder, lead guitarist and sole remaining founder member of Zimbabwean rock band Bhundu Boys. The Bhundu Boys were the ambassadors of African music and one of the first African groups to tour the world in the 1980s. Rise Kagona along with the original Bhundu Boys, mixed Zimbabwean styles with rumba, influences from the Congo and labelled their fast paced music ‘Jit Jive’. Tonight Rise Kagona plays with his band – THE JIT JIVE BAND - and features songs from his legendary career.

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EVENT 34
SATURDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
VAUDOU GAME (Togo)

RICHMIX, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA.
Tickets: £8.00 (adv) / Doors open: 8.00pm | Bookings: www.richmix.org.uk

Togolese Afro-Funk Group ‘VAUDOU GAME’, headed by Peter Solo, singer and composer, born in Aneho-Glidji, come to London to play from their amazing infectious funky psychedelic debut album ‘Apiafo’ on Hot Casa Records released on the 27th September at this very event. Their music is the rawest afro-funk similar to the famous 70s west African bands L’Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou and El Rego. Togo is the birthplace of the Voodoo Culture and the sounds and rhythms of Vaudou Game are the reflections of this scene.

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EVENT 35
SATURDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
WITH STICKS & THINGS
Hosted by Davide De Rose & DJ Katsaris
with special live guests

UPSTAIRS AT THE RITZY, Brixton Oval, London, SW2 1JG
Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: £5 adv | £7 Door | Box Office: 020 7326 2615 | www.upstairsattheritzy.co.uk

WITH STICKS & THINGS is the name of the project by Rebecca Katsaris (DJ KATSARIS) and Dave De Rose which allows them to continue their quest to present unannounced musical wonders for the exclusive taste and joy of highbrow music lovers. For this African Music Festival special, they will be delivering some of the most obscure audio palates that the red earth continent has to offer, with a fully scheduled line-up of sonic treats, committed to the mostly unheard sounds of African music. Starting with a documentary screening at 8pm, the night follows with some truly unique live performances alongside trance inducing, beautifully mesmerising DJ sets from Katsaris and De Rose, and some crafty guest slots.

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EVENT 36
SATURDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
JUWON OGUNGBE
SOLO PERFORMANCE

GREEN NOTE CLUB, 106 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN
Doors: 1.00pm | Tickets: £7.00.00 | www.greennote.co.uk

Pianist and vocalist Juwon Ogungbe has been one of the mainstay of UK African music for the last 30 years performing in a wide range of settings. This afternoon session sees him playing solo on piano as it allows him to find new twists and turns to these songs on his current CD “LIFE FORCE MUSIC”.

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DAY 10
EVENT 37
SUNDAY 28th SEPTEMBER
COCO MBASSI (Cameroon)

THE VORTEX JAZZ CLUB, 11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ
Doors open 8.00pm | Tickets: £12.50 | Bookings: 020 7254 4097 | www.vortexjazz.co.uk

Cameroon’s Coco Mbassi’s music is a subtle blend of African roots, classical music, jazz and gospel, along with the modern feeling of acoustic soul music. Coco Mbassi made her name as a vocalist with the likes of Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Touré Kunda, Manu Dibango and Ray Lema and performances all over the world with her band. , Tonight she plays from her new album which she wrote and produced with her husband, bassist Serge Ngando Mpondo.

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EVENT 38
SUNDAY 28th SEPTEMBER
SEKOUBA BAMBINO (Guinea)

ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL, Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 2UD
Doors: 7.00pm | Tickets: £20.00/£15.00 (cons) | Booking: www.eventbrite.com

SEKOUBA BAMBINO DIABATÉ is the Golden Voice of Guinea. At the tender age of 12, Sekouba was discovered by Guinean President, Sekou Touré and at the President’s urging he became the frontman for the state-sponsored group Bembeya Jazz National. Joining the group earned him the name “Bambino” due to his young age and led him to be called "The National Treasure of Guinea". Bambino has recorded 9 successful solo albums and collaborated on several others with Bembeya Jazz and Africando. He has been featured on compilations such as: The Rough Guide to Mali & Guinea and World 2003 by EMI. In his first solo show in London in 10 years he brings his full band from Guinea to town.

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EVENT 39
SUNDAY 28th SEPTEMBER
KANDA BONGO MAN (Congo)

THE FORGE, 3-7 Delancey Street, London, NW1 7NL
Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: £15.00/£12.50 (cons) | Bookings: 020 7383 7808 | www.forgevenue.org

Kanda Bongo Man is one of Africa’s greatest singers, the man who gave the world the infectious Kwasa Kwasa dance and one of the first pioneers of he African Soukous music. His exhilarating performances are fast moving and exciting combinations of dance music and dance moves rooted deep in the Congolese tradition. As the famous saying goes – “If Kanda Bongo Man doesn’t make you want to dance, call an ambulance. You’re dead.” Kanda Bongo Man comes to London from his new base of South Africa to tour with his incredible 6-piece band. This is the ultimate in ‘feel-good’ dance music and a highlight to this year’s programme.

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