The London African Music Festival
“The London African Music Festival is an impressively eclectic affair”
Robin Denselow, the Guardian
2013 line-up: the 11th London African Music Festival takes place in 11 venues across London. Majority of the artists are performing in London for the first time and making their festival debut. The line up includes Congolese soul singer Fredy Massamba (The Flyover), Ugandan singer Jaqee + Congolese Kasai Masai (Cargo), Senegalese rapper Sister FA (The Flyover) and Ethiopian singer Hanisha Solomon. Also hailing from Senegal is Modou Touré (Hackney Attic) + DJ Fenomeno.
Making their festival debut are rapper M3NSA (New Empowering Church), Eritrean singer Miryam Solomon (The Forge), Somalian poet Elmi Ali, Pan-African-British band The Venus Bushfires, Cuban band Son Yambu (New Empowering Church), percussionist Guy Schalom’s acclaimed project with Egyptian master musicians The Baladi Blues Ensemble (Rich Mix) and UK’s premier jazz vocalist Cleveland Watkiss leading an all star band The Heads and Feet House Band, Afro-Latin group Family Atlantica (Brixton Ritzy), jazz singer Adjoa (Vortex Jazz Club), soul singer Namvula (Brixton Ritzy) and afrobeat specialists The Fontanelles + DJ Jamie Renton (Upstairs at the Ritzy) and Fofoulah + Minn Jiarabi (Hackney Attic).
Two legendary figures of Nigerian music present unique projects. Saxophonist and composer Orlando Julius (Rich Mix) joins forces with the British group The Heliocentrics for a night of afrocentric grooves and Nigeria's greatest female singer Queen Salawa Abeni meets The Yoruba Women Choir (Queen Elizabeth Hall) for the first time. We also welcome Malick Pathe Sowé and Bao Sissoko from Senegal and Niran Obasa (Vortex Jazz Club) solo pianist.
This is a meeting of Muslim and Christian soul. Making a welcome visit are the legendary Osibisa (The Hideaway), Algerian violinist Akim El Sikameya (Jazz Café), percussionist Lekan Babalola (Vortex Jazz Club), guitarist Muntu Valdo (The Flyover), jazz and afro funk saxophonists Tony Kofi’s Future Passed Trio (Vortex Jazz Club) and Tunday Akintan (The Hideaway). Further highlights include Mulele Matondo Afrika and Congo Dia Ntotila (The Forge) bringing acoustic roots music.
Film and Literature at the London African Music Festival
15 Sept: LAMF in association with Hackney Picturehouse host Filmphonics – an African film screening featuring a live score from DAT and Atongo Zimba. Film announced shortly.
19 Sept: LAMF joins forces with Book Slam to tell some of the freshest stories from Africa and beyond, at The Flyover. Guests include Noo Saro-Wiwa, and Bumi Thomas. Poetry comes from Trinidadian maestro Roger Robinson, reading from his new collection, ‘The Butterfly Hotel’, and gifted newcomer, Belinda Zhawi. Stitching it all together is our host, Inua Ellams – poet, playwright and Ms Afropolitan.
This year’s festival venues:
The Hideaway | Rich Mix | The Vortex Jazz Club | Upstairs at the Ritzy | Hackney Attic/Hackney Picturehouse | New Empowering Church | Jazz Café | The Forge | Cargo | Queen Elizabeth Hall | The Flyover Portobello
This year’s festival producers:
One Tree Productions | Focus Organisation | Open The Gate | Afri-Kokoa | Feferity | Global Fusion Music and Arts | MAPZ | Laura Mills Productions | Book Slam | Joyful Noise | Yaram Arts and Chanya Culture Promotions
The 11th London African Music Festival
Dates: 13 – 22 September 2013
Venue: Various venues across London – check www.joyfulnoise.co.uk for full listings information
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