15th London African Music Festival
18-30 Sept 2017
Across various London venues

BUSI MHLANGA, London African Music Festival 2017 produced by Joyful Noise BUSI MHLANGA, London African Music Festival 2017 produced by Joyful Noise

Welcome to the 15th edition of the London African Music Festival, a unique annual event that features legendary artists such as TONY ALLEN and PAT THOMAS and emerging artists like FEMI AND THE INRHYTHMS and YOLANDA EYAMA AND THE AFRO WORLD GROOVES. New band KOKOROKO makes their festival debut with new sounds of Afrobeat . The festival continues to push the boundaries of what is known as African music. Artists like Grammy winner percussionist LEKAN BABALOLA, virtuoso Cuban violinist OMAR PUENTE, kora master JALLY KEBBA SUSSO AND HIS TRIO, singer BUSI MHLANGA from South Africa, singer MIM SULEIMAN from Zanzibar, HAYMANOT TESFA from Ethiopia present original music that cannot be put into a genre basket. Closing the festival with a workshop and concert is GINO SITSON whose incredible music blurs the boundaries between vocal improvisation and jazz.


MONDAY 18th SEPTE
THE CAMDEN ASSEMBLY, 49 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN

YOLANDA EYAMA AND THE AFRO WORLD GROOVES (Equatorial Guinea)
Yolanda Eyama and her band Afro World Grooves featuring musicians from Argentina, Venezuela, Germany, Italy, Wales, and Cameroon. They fuse Afrobeat, funk, jazz and soul. She performs in African languages, Spanish, English and French. They play from their album is 'Welcome To Malabo' which was recorded in Madrid (AWG). Book tickets

BUSI MHLANGA, London African Music Festival 2017 produced by Joyful Noise BUSI MHLANGA

TUESDAY 19th SEPTEMBER - 8.00pm - £12.50/£10.00 (cons)
CANADA WATER CULTURE SPACE, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

BUSI MHLANGA AND SHOSHOLOZA (South Africa)
South African singer Busi Mhlanga is the writer of the classic songs Wedding Song and Xenophobia and an international performer who has performed at major festivals like WOMAD and Glastonbury and appeared on many TV shows. Tonight she leads her band for an exclusive show in London this year. Book tickets


WEDNESDAY 20th SEPTEMBER - 8.00pm - £15.00/£12.50 (cons)
THE CLF ART CAFÉ, BLOCK A, BUSSEY BUILDING, 133 RYE LANE, LONDON, SE15 4ST

The Afrocentrics Book tickets

KOKOROKO group KOKOROKO group

THURSDAY 21st SEPTEMBER - 7.00pm - £12.50/£10.00 (cons)
CANADA WATER CULTURE SPACE, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

KOKOROKO (UK)
KOKOROKO (meaning 'be strong' in Urhobo) are a collective of musicians brought together by their love for Afrobeat. They specialise in a soul shaking, horn fuelled sound with West African roots and Inner London grooves. With an all female explosive horn section KOKOROKO features SHEILA MAURICE-GREY (trumpet), CASSIE KINOSHI (saxophone), RICHIE SEIVWRIGHT (trombone), OSCAR JEROME (guitar), MUTALE CHASHI (Bass), ONOME IGHAMRE (percussion) and some serious friends. Book tickets


OMAR PUENTE OMAR PUENTE

FRIDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER – 8.00pm - £15.00/£12.50 (cons)
RICHMIX, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

OMAR PUENTE (CUBA)
Virtuoso violinist Omar Puente and his band play from his new CD “BEST FOOT FORWARD”. Their mixture of Afro Cuban Latin jazz and urban grooves make the CD a joy to listen to. Its mixture of complex and infectious rhythms and original melodies, performed by a multinational sextet, make for an explosive night of music. Book tickets


OMAR PUENTE OMAR PUENTE

FRIDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER – 7.00pm - £20.00
JAZZ CAFE, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7P
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TONY ALLEN (NIGERIA)
There can be no disputing the fact that Tony Allen is a legend not just of afrobeat but in 20th century live music. Tonight we present the album launch show of his new record on Blue Note, a set of originals inspired by his hero, Art Blakey who recorded several albums that were heavily influenced by African music including Orgy in Rhythm (1957), Holiday for Skins (1958), and The African Beat (1962), which featured the Nigerian drummer and percussionist Solomon Ilori. Tonight Tony Allen celebrates Art Blakey. Book tickets


JALLY KEBAB SUSSO JALLY KEBAB SUSSO

SATURDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER - 7.00pm - £12.50/£10.00 (cons)
CANADA WATER CULTURE SPACE, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

JALLY KEBAB SUSSO (GUINEA)
Gambian kora player JALLY KEBBA SUSSO is expanding the boundaries of kora traditions while keeping its heart and soul intact. Jally Kebab Susso and his trio featuring percussionist MAMADOU SARR and bassist MATTEO GRASSI blend traditional West African music with upbeat funk and jazz into a new nuanced and rooted sound in West African tradition. Book tickets


HAYMANOT TESFA HAYMANOT TESFA

SUNDAY 24th SEPTEMBER - 7.00pm - £12.50/£10.00 (cons)
VORTEX JAZZ CLUB, 11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ

HAYMANOT TESFA (ETHIOPIA)
Ethiopia’s amharic singer and traditional krar player Haymanot Tesfa’s range is extraordinary. At times deep and powerful and at times magical. Her music is inspired by deep reflection on the dramatic ancient landscapes and meditative social and religious music of her Ethiopian roots, the sound of Haymanot's voice is the true song of a free spirit, fearless and intensely experimental. Tonight she performs with her band. Book tickets


FEMI AND THE INRHYTHMS FEMI AND THE INRHYTHMS

MONDAY 25th SEPTEMBER – 7.00pm - £12.50/£10.00
THE CAMDEN ASSEMBLY, 49 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN

FEMI AND THE INRHYTHMS (NIGERIA)
FEMI SOFELA (bass/vocals), ESTHER MABADEJE (vocals), EBENEZER OKE (guitar), NIRAN OBASA (synths), GBENGA KOLADE (keyboards), TOPE OREKOYA (percussion) and TOSIN DAGUNDURO (kit drums) Femi and The InRhythms mixes the cerebral musicality of afrobeat with the visceral grooves of funk and underpinned them 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. Book tickets


ALSARAH ALSARAH

WEDNESDAY 27th SEPTEMBER - 8.00pm - £15.00/£12.50 (cons)
THE CLF ART CAFÉ, BLOCK A, BUSSEY BUILDING, 133 RYE LANE, LONDON, SE15 4ST

ALSARAH and THE NUBATONES (SUDAN)
Alsarah’s mesmerising blend of ancient tradition and East African pop has since entranced audiences wherever they’ve played. The Sudanese singer Alsarah was a child when her family were forced to flee the country following a coup. She was eventually given political asylum in America where, after taking a degree in ethnomusicology she formed the Nubatones in 2010 with percussionist Rami el Aasser. With a line-up that includes her sister Nahid on backing vocals, bassist Mawuena Kodjovi and oud player Haig Manoukian, the ensemble released their debut album Silt in 2014. Book tickets

LEKAN BABALOLA LEKAN BABALOLA

THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER - 7.30pm - £12.50/£10.00 (cons)
VORTEX JAZZ CLUB, 11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ

LEKAN BABALOLA’S SACRED FUNK (NIGERIA)
Twice Grammy award winning Nigerian percussionist, Lekan Babalola, is well known for his innovative musical style, using his native Yoruba tongue infused with traditional music, Afrobeat and funky dance overtones. The Sacred Funk Project brings you Sacred music with funky dance beats. Book tickets


PAT THOMAS PAT THOMAS

FRIDAY 29th SEPTEMBER – 8.00pm - £20.00/£18.50 (cons)
RICHMIX, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

PAT THOMAS AND THE KWASHIBU AREA BAND (GHANA)
The great Ghanaian Hi-life singer
Few genres of music can bring a smile to a listener’s face more quickly than highlife, and few highlife singers have a voice as uniquely powerful and resonant, yet silky sweet as the “Golden Voice Of Africa” and Ghana’s “first rock star”, the legendary Pat Thomas. He’ll be performing with the Kwashibu Area Band led by multi-instumentalist Kwame Yeboah (Cat Stevens, Patrice) and saxophonist Ben Abarbanel-Wolff (Ebo Taylor, Poets of Rhythm). Book tickets


MIM SULEIMAN MIM SULEIMAN

FRIDAY 29th SEPTEMBER – 7.30pm - £12.50/£10.00 (cons)
VORTEX JAZZ CLUB, 11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ

MIM SULEIMAN (ZANZIBAR)
Zanzibar born singer and songwriter Mim Suleiman is a globally renowned artist. She has been described as a fiery, electric, charismatic and vibrant performer. From traditional to electronic - Afro- disco- house, no matter what style she swings her rhythms in, her audiences are promised to be indulged. Her songs carry very catchy melodies and powerful messages which she sings in her native tongue Swahili. Book tickets


GINO SITSON GINO SITSON

SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 3 – 11.00pm / £15.00/£12.50 (cons)
VORTEX JAZZ CLUB, 11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ

GINO SITSON (CAMEROON)
Workshop – 3pm / concert – 7.30pm
Award-winning, New York-based vocal virtuoso Gino Sitson is a French-American originally from the Bamileke region of Cameroon, Central Africa. Mr. Sitson forged an eloquent vocabulary capable of communicating far beyond any limits of language or custom. Through his vocal wizardry, he stunningly creates an endless range of sounds and atmospheres. Today he appears in the workshop at 3.00pm and concert at 7.30pm with cellist JODY REDHAGE-FERBER. Book tickets



Info: The 15th London African Music Festival is programmed by Biyi Adepegba and produced by Joyful Noise / visit the Joyful Noise website / Like the London African Music Festival on Facebook / Follow the London African Music Festival on Twitter





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