17 May - 17 July
Funmi Olawumi - first UK solo tour

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Nigerian singer Funmi Olawumi, the founder of the Yoruba Women Choir, returns to the UK with her 12-piece big band featuring the four part harmonies of Naija Soul Sisters and a cracking 8-piece band. Together they mix afrobeat, juju, highlife and fuji to create a big sound that is faaji music. Faaji is a Yoruba word for having a good time and with the rich eloquence of the talking drums driving the music expect explosive rhythms from one the great names of Nigerian music.

In her first UK tour as a solo artists she plays from her new CD “Funmi Ti De” (JNR) "an upbeat album that even sounds better heard live” - Robin Denselow, The Guardian and “a pretty good album” - Simon Broughton, The Evening Standard.

Fri 17th May | YORK Theatre Royal
Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: 01904 623 568 | www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Sat 18th May | MANCHESTER Band On The Wall
Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: 0845 2500 500 | www.bandonthewall.org

Sun 19th May | DEVON Plough Arts Centre
Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: 01805 624 624 | www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Sat 8th June | BIRMINGHAM Midland Arts Centre
Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: 0121 446 3232 | www.macarts.co.uk

Fri 21st June | LONDON Jazz Café
Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: 0207 485 6834 | www.jazzcafe.co.uk

Saturday 6th July | NORWICH Arts Centre
Doors: 7.30pm | Tickets: 01603 660 352 | www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

Fri 17th July | COLCHESTER Arts Centre
Tickets: 01206 500900 | www.colchesterartscentre.com

Funmi Olawumi - trailer

Funmi Olawumi - Courtesy of YouTube.com

Funmi Olawumi, lead vocals
Joy Aigbekan, backing vocals
Nike Fagbuaro, backing vocals
Esther Mabadeje, backing vocals
Kehinde Talabi, backing vocals
Lekan Shobiyi, guitar
Gbenga Kolade, keyboards
Femi Sofela, bass
Abiodun Ojikutu, drums
Wole Aina, conga/percussion
Israel Ifedayo, alto saxophone
Saeed Gbadamosi, talking drum
Wale Ogungbe, talking drum

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