Tuesday 18 September 2012

The Independent Music Festival Of The Week



                                 Music festival of the week: 
                                 London African Music Festival, 
                                 various venues, London
Press notice from Saturday 21st September! Tim Cumming in The Independent


In its 10th year, this laudable festival spreads across venues in Brixton, Hackney, Camden and Soho. At the Vortex you'll find Nigerian saxman Bukky Leo with his sprawling Black Egypt band (today), African Jazz Allstars guitarist Lucky Ranku with Jamaican bassist Gary Crosby and Cuba's Omar Puente (Mon), and the wonderful kora of Senegal's Diabel Cissokho (Tue).
The 10-nation, 10-man Master Drummers of Africa detonate the air at Stratford Circus (Wed), as will Mad Professor with his Dub Me Crazy Africa Band (Fri). That night, the Sudanese singer Amira Kheir with Senegalese band Minn Diarabi at the Ritzy, while next week will see Soundspecies with Gnawa musician Simo Lagnawi as Electric Jalaba at Hackney Attic; the Yoruba Women's Choir at Stratford Circus; and Afrobeat veteran Dele Sosimi bringing the festival to a joyous close at Hackney's New Empowering Church.
(020 7328 9613; joyfulnoise.co.uk/london-african-music-festival) today to 29 Sept

Outerglobe News Media in action!

Monday 17 September 2012


Outerglobe is a media partner for The 10th London African Music Festival which is in full swing and goes on til Saturday 29th September with a remarkable feast of brilliant UK African vibes with such amazing diversity and sheer calibre. Full details are via www.joyfulnoise.co.uk

Outerglobe is working to profile and build presence for TERRYAZOOME's XANA CD Launch on Saturday 13th OCTOBER at THE FORGE, CAMDEN TOWN and for MOSI CONDE's upcoming dates - 14th OCTOBER - LILLIAN ALLEN (Canadian dub poet extraordinaire) CD LAUNCH at CENTERPRISE, Hackney and RAH IGNITE on Friday 2nd NOVEMBER  and more.... 
YAABA FUNK are now off to the studio to develop their 2nd album having launched LAMF in style and JUWON OGUNGBE is currently in USA working on an amazing new piece currently under wraps!


Here is the full information for LAMF for the coming weeks:
THE 10th LONDON AFRICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 14th to SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2012
THE FULL PROGRAMME
 
the festival continues with 

Monday 17th September | 7.30pm

LUCKY RANKU,
GARY CROSBY and
OMAR PUENTE

VORTEX JAZZ CLUB
11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ
Tickets: £12.50/£10.00 (cons)
Box Office: 020 7254 4097
www.vortexjazz.co.uk
For the first time The African Jazz Allstars’ South African guitarist Lucky Ranku joins forces with Jazz Jamaica’s legendary bassist Gary Crosby and Cuban virtuoso violinist Omar Puente for a musical journey that connects the African diaspora. Lucky Ranku’s history includes being a member of Dudu Pukwana’s Zila, musical director of the ANC Choir and co-founder of the South African Gospel Singers and currently the leader of the African Jazz Allstars. Gary Crosby’s history includes being an original member of the Jazz Warriors, founder of Jazz Jamaica, co-founder of Dune Records and educationist with Nu Troop and Tomorrows Warriors, topping it all is his OBE awarded by The Queen. Omar Puente’s history includes performances with Chucho Valdez, Ruben Gonzalez, Agrupacion de Concierto, Nacional Symphony Orquestra de Cuba, Pablo Milanes, Raices Cubanas, Cubania, Courtney Pine, Denys Baptiste and the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra. In this concert they play new compositions from the three legendary figures.
Tuesday 18th September | 7.30pm 
DIABEL CISSOKHO
VORTEX JAZZ CLUB
11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ
Tickets: £12.50/£10.00 (cons)
Box Office: 020 7254 4097
www.vortexjazz.co.uk
Senegalese Diabel Cissokho’s musical pedigree is exceptional. International tours with his family’s band Bannaya led to a long stint as Baaba Maal’s kora player, tours with the likes of Kandia Kouyate, Pee Wee Ellis, Nuru Kane, Daby Balde, Omar Pene and Abdou Diop. Diabel’s virtuoso talent, his “resonant voice and rocking kora style” (Songlines), have been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD and Glastonbury to London’s Barbican. Diabel’s success with bluesman Ramon Goose cemented his reputation as a versatile musician, able to effortlessly cross cultures. Their album Mansana Blues was lauded as “a flavoursome mix of slide guitar, mellow kora and undulating Mandinka rhythms” (fRoots) which “delivers moments of steamy pleasure” (Songlines).
Diabel’s new CD ‘Kanabory Siyama’ (World Village) marks a return to his roots. Recorded in the UK and Dakar and featuring members of his own family, the album draws on Diabel’s rich musical heritage, blending beautiful Mandinkan melodies with an upbeat West African groove. Tonight he leads his cracking band as they play from this new CD.
Wednesday 19th September | 7.30pm 

AYINKE MARTINS AND SARA MCGUINNESS
VORTEX JAZZ CLUB
11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ
Tickets: £12.50/£10.00 (cons)
Box Office: 020 7254 4097
www.vortexjazz.co.uk
Nigerian vocalist Ayinke Martins, a star soloist with The Yoruba Women Choir, met Sara MacGuinness British pianist and leader of Congolese and Cuban ensemble Grupo Lokito last year and they decided to create something new from their unique experiences that encompass many genres and styles of music.
Together they create music that has no barriers – one minute it is the soul of R&B, next a funk work out and then a Latin shuffle. Ayinke Martins and Sara McGuinness explore global sounds and rhythms with an international line-up of musicians Congolese guitarist Limozine Kabange, Nigerian bassist Femi Sofela, Cuban drummer Michel Castellanos, Colombian percussionist Emeris Solis and Nigerian percussionist Taiye Ajiboye.
Wednesday 19th September | 7.30pm 

THE MASTER DRUMMERS OF AFRICA
STRATFORD CIRCUS
Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX.
Tickets: £15.00/£12.50 (cons)
Box Office: 0844 357 2625
www.stratford-circus.com
The Master Drummers of Africa in full flow is one of the most thrilling and unforgettable spectacles in world music. Deep, mysterious, spiritual, celebratory and utterly compelling, the world’s greatest drum orchestra features 10 drummers from 10 African nations representing over 300 tribes of Africa. The Master Drummers of Africa draws from 3000 years of tribal rhythms to create an ecstatic and freewheeling music straight from the heart of African culture in a spectacular and dynamic 3-hour stage show. Using over 100 ethnic drums the orchestra creates uplifting and infectious rhythms from a cradle of civilization that continues to influence every style of music, from jazz to salsa to funk providing a living proof that rhythms of the world have their roots in ancient Africa. Tonight in their first London show in 2 years they perform a new suite “Thunder and Lighting” composed to celebrate 10 years of the Master Drummers of Africa.

Thursday 20th September | 7.30pm 

SKA CUBANO
+ DJ Chris Tofu

STRATFORD CIRCUS
Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX.
Tickets: £15.00/£12.50 (cons)
Box Office: 0844 357 2625
www.stratford-circus.com
Take classic rhythms from two of the world’s most musically influential islands, Jamaica and Cuba, mash them together like mint and sugar, add ample amounts of intoxicating melodies and a dash of jest; the result is a magical musical cocktail that has been setting dance floors ablaze from London to Tokyo. Skip into a parallel universe where the hottest musical development is Ska Cubano, the meshing of unstoppable Jamaican rhythms with crazy Cuban brass. Ska! The compulsively danceable sound that rocked the clubs of Jamaica in the late `50′s and early `60′s and opened the way for world domination by reggae. Cuba! – the most musical country on earth, the source of a large part of the great Latin music of the last century and of many of the world’s hottest popular musicians. Put them together and you get an exhilarating fusion: irresistible rhythms plus soaring flights of melodic imagination.

Thursday 20th September | 7.30pm 

KRAR COLLECTIVE
RICHMIX
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Tickets: £15.00/£12.50 (cons)
Box Office: 020 7613 7498
www.richmix.org.uk
The Krar is an Ethiopian six stringed harp. It is the lead instrument of the mesmerizing Krar Collective led by Temesegen Tareken, a former star pupil of veteran Ethiopian vibraphone player Mulatu Astatke. Krar Collective funk up their Ethiopian roots in a spectacular way with the soaring voice of Genet Assefa and hypnotic rhythms of drummer Amare. This is modern root music that takes on traditional music from Ethiopia as a starting point of global sounds from gentle ballads to high-energy dance tunes. The 6-stringed krar lyre is associated with the azmari minstrel tradition; in the hands of Zeleke it becomes a gritty and rock guitar.
Krar Collective creates a surprisingly big sound, leading one critic to name them ‘The Ethiopian White Stripes’. The band is accompanied on stage by an amazing group of Ethiopian dancers adding colour and sheer exuberance to the show.
“Krar Collective rock” (fRoots)
“Spine tingling stuff” (Fly Global Music)

Friday 21st September | 7.30pm 

MAD PROFESSOR
and Dub Me Crazy Africa Band

STRATFORD CIRCUS
Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX.
Tickets: £15.00/£12.50 (cons)
Box Office: 0844 357 2625
www.stratford-circus.com
Sonic dub genius Mad Professor has turned the mixing board into an instrument of on-stage manipulation of samplers, mixers and effects processors that creates a dense, shifting collage of sounds and rhythms. Mad Professor’s own label Ariwa Records has released over 100 albums since 1981. For years Mad Professor has been visiting Africa with his Dub Me Crazy Africa project and tonight we have the chance to hear this project featuring Senegalese kora master Diabel Cissokho and Nigerian talking drummer extraordinary Wale Ogungbe for the first time in the UK. With the Dub Me Crazy Africa Band Mad Professor takes dub into Africa in exploration of African rhythms of the Mandinka and Yoruba cultures where it is given a harder edge influence by the sonic heatwave of African night club.

Friday 21st September | 7.00pm 

CARMEN SOUZA
JAZZ CAFÉ
5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG
Tickets: £17.50 / £15.00 (cons)
Box Office: 0207 485 6834
www.jazzcafe.co.uk
Lisbon born Cape Verdean songstress Carmen Souza has it all: excellent repertoire, a nimble and versatile voice that glides effortlessly through a huge range of registers and a totally relaxed stage presence. Whether she is singing the plaintive morna (the Cape Verdean variation of the blues) or an exuberant batuco Souza is always convincing owing to her swing jazzy sense of timing and uncanny ability to bring several shades of nuance to even the highest and lowest notes she sings. After a stint in her teens singing professionally in a Lusophone Gospel Choir, and a period dabbling in musical genres as diverse as Funk, Soul, and Jazz, she finally found her own voice. Singing in her ancestors’ Creole language and mixing traditional African and Cape Verde rhythms like Batuku, Morna, Kola San Djon with contemporary jazz influences to create an unique sound all of her own. She features music from her three CDs Ess ê nha Cabo Verde (2005); Verdade (Truth) (2007) and Protegid (2010).

Friday 21st September | 7.30pm 

AMIRA KHEIR
+ MINN DIARABI

UPSTAIRS AT THE RITZY
Brixton Oval, Brixton, SW2 1JG
Tickets: £10.00
Tickets: 020 7326 2615www.upstairsattheritzy.co.uk
Sudanese-Italian singer/songwriter Amira Kheir is creating a sound that is inspired by traditional Sudanese singing and instrumentation, blended with elements of Jazz, Soul, African as well as Middle Eastern music. The unique result gives a taste of Sudan’s rich cultural heritage in the context of our ever-merging world.
Her music is evocative of Northern Sudan’s desert landscape, celebrating its ancient culture and multitude realities, while rooted in a compelling call to come together to share our single human journey. Amira Kheir plays from her new CD ”View From Somewhere” which showcases her Sudanese roots and global rhythms.
Minn Diarabi, a truly remarkable Senegalese blues outfit, draws elements from the rich Fula tradition interwoven with Rumba, Mbalax, Afro-Latin and deep blues. Led by Senegalese Abdoulaye Samb, MINN DIARABI (translates literally ‘Mixed Love’) is definitely one of the best hidden gems on the African music scene.

Saturday 22nd September | 7.00pm 

THE CONGO ALLSTARS
JAZZ CAFÉ
5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG
Tickets: £17.50 / £15.00 (cons)
Box Office: 0207 485 6834
www.jazzcafe.co.uk
The Congo Allstars create undiluted Congolese rumba with its four singers, 1 rapper, two guitarists and a rock solid rhythm section. This is modern soukous driven by chiming guitar lines, anchored by deep bass lines and powered by the infectious rhythms of leader and legendary conga player Koko Kanyinda. The four singers lead from the front with afro-soul intensity that has made the Congo Allstars one of Africa’s greatest live bands.
The Congo Allstars features Koko Kanyinda (congas/vocals); Makuta Egene (vocals); Udo Luvunge (vocals); Emain Bongongo (vocals); Claudia Lukasa (vocals); Shamo Maracas (raps); Limozine Kabange (lead guitar); Ladi Mbala (rhythm guitar); Chocola Zasamba (bass guitar); Babwaku Biasonama (kit drum); Zola Kalonji (keyboards) and Stoni Loketo (dancer).

Saturday 22nd September | 7.30pm 

ELECTRIC JALABA
HACKNEY ATTIC
270 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HE
Tickets: £10.00
Box Office: 0871 902 5734
www.hackneyattic.co.uk
ELECTRIC JALABA are Simo Lagnawi, Dave De Rose, Henry Keen, Olly Keen, Nathaniel Keen and Barnaby Keen
Gnawa Folklore meets London Quirk as eclectic groove adventurers Sound Species join forces with Moroccan Gnawa master musician Simo Lagnawi to create some deep Psychedelic Gnawa Funk in the form of ELECTRIC JALABA.
Ancient songs from the Gnawa tradition about mysterious women, men that divide oceans and armies of soul conquerors weave themselves among enormous infectious grooves, analogue effects and warped guitars. The sound of the camel skin Guembri and Lagnawi’s impressive vocals will transport you to another world as the band boil relentlessly through a range of beautifully unearthly grooves. Expect inexhaustible energy, moments of soulful calm and pinnacles of ecstatic mayhem, plus some dance moves, you’ve definitely never seen before.

Sunday 23rd September | 7.30pm  
 
FUNMI OLAWUMI
RONNIE SCOTT’S CLUB
47 Frith Street, London W1V 4HT
Tickets: £25.00 – £40.00
Box Office: 020 7439 0747
www.ronniescotts.co.uk
Traditional and contemporary Yoruba music combine in the soulful voice of Funmi Olawumi, the founder of the Yoruba Women Choir, who creates Faaji music from a refreshing mix of influences, from juju, highlife and afrobeat to fuji. Faaji is a Nigerian-Yoruba word for having a good time and Funmi Olawumi and her 12-piece band create hypnotic dance music that galvanizes and uplifts in a remarkable way. Tonight she performs with her big band featuring The Naija Soul Sisters (Joy Aigbekan, Nike Fagbuaro, Esther Mabadeje and Kehinde Talabi), guitarist Lekan Shobiyi, keyboardist Gbenga Kolade, bassist Femi Sofela, drummer John Bello, percussionist Wole Aina, alto saxophonist Israel Ifedayo and talking drummers Saeed Gbadamosi and Wale Ogungbe

Tuesday 25 September | 7.00pm 

Modeste
JAZZ CAFÉ
5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG
Tickets: £12.00
Box Office: 0207 485 6834 www.jazzcafe.co.uk
“Hugues is a pleasingly smoky-toned singer and a fine guitarist, able to play rhythm and lead all at once. He’s so effective in this musical sleight of hand that audience members scan the stage in search of a (non-existant) second guitar player.” Jamie Renton, The Independent. Modeste is an award winning Malagasy singer songwriter and guitarist whose music is rooted in his hometown of Betroka in the Central Southern region of Madagascar. His music is a unique blend of traditional Malagasy sounds influenced by softer South African dance rhythms, creating beautiful melodies & rhythms with hypnotic guitar playing and vocals.
Modeste has performed to audiences in their thousands at many venues and festivals across the UK and abroad, including the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall, the Brighton Dome, the London Jazz Festival, The Big Chill and WOMAD in the UK and abroad. He has toured with Cesaria Evora for the UK stretch of her tour and has been featured and has played live on countless BBC radio programmes including Janice Long’s Radio 2 show, the World Service and a live broadcast and performance at Union Chapel with BBC Radio 3. This gig at the Jazz Cafe will be the launch of Modeste’s third album ‘Handeha Hody / Going Home’ and the new CD will be on sale for the first time this night. Modeste will be playing songs from all of his albums including favourites like ‘Agapi Mou’ and ‘Mifona’.
Presented by Mean Fiddler in association with Westway Music
www.modeste.co.uk
www.soundcloud.com/modestemusic
 Wednesday 26th September | 7.30pm
THE YORUBA WOMEN CHOIR
+ BUMI THOMAS

STRATFORD CIRCUS
Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX.
Tickets: £15.00/£12.50 (cons)
Box Office: 0844 357 2625
www.stratford-circus.com
Gospel is the biggest music in Africa and one of the biggest choirs of them all is the mighty Yoruba Women Choir founded by singer Funmi Olawumi in 2006 and featuring 10 female soloists and six piece band to present a show that is bursting with intense soulful passion. This is the music that inspires the mind and uplifts the soul. The choir have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native Nigerian musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape. The Yoruba Women Choir are Ayinke Martins, Joy Aigbekan, Nike Fagbuaro, Biola Dosumu, Dupe Lawnson, Mary Oguntade, Tinu Adewoye, Biola Ojugbele, Esther Mabadeje, Comfort Oyelumade and Funmi Olawumi. The band members are Taiye Agbaye (guitar), Kayode Adeniran (bass), John Bello (drums), Wole Aina (percussion) and Wale Ogungbe (talking drum) Soulful vocalist Bumi Thomas opens the show with her full band featuring guitarist Jon Speedy, bassist Matteo Grassi, drummer Juilian Weishaupt and keyboardist Paul Silver.

Thursday 27th September | 7.30pm 

TONY DUDU and THE GUMBE JAZZ
UPSTAIRS AT THE RITZY
Brixton Oval, Brixton, SW2 1JG
Tickets: £10.00
Box Office: 020 7326 2615
www.upstairsattheritzy.co.uk
Tony Dudu, who was born in Bambadinca, Guinea Bissau, West-Africa, is one of the towering figures of ‘palop’ sound which comes from a fusion of West-African and South African rhythms and Jazz driven by Latin grooves. At the age of twelve Tony Dudu joined “Os Lacaraes”, Guinea-Bissau’s first infants musical band. Two years later he was invited to play with the famous group “Africa Livre”, where he met Manecas Costa and “Justino Delgado”. In 1988 while in Portugal Tony Dudu joined “Os Issabary” from Guinea Bissau. He also made a name for himself as an in demand session appearing on over 100 records with different artists from diverse parts of Africa like: Guinea Bissau, Angola, Mozambique, Sao Tome, Cape Verde and Brazil. He was lead guitar for Valdemar Bastos, Manecas Costa, Justino Delgado, Eneida Marta, Tabanka Djazz, Don Kikas, Bonga, Juca and many more. In 2007 he joined the Matimba’s band, from Zimbabwe, played with Moses Conde from Guinea Conakry, Africa Bauantu from Ghana, Kamba Semba from Angola, Zimbabwean saxophonist Paul Lunga. It was in 2009 that Tony formed his new band “Gumbe Jazz” and tonight the band will play special set to mark their festival debut. Expect frenetic dance grooves from all these funky people.

Friday 28th September | 7.30pm 

RISE KAGONA
THE AFRICA CENTRE
38 King Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8JT
Tickets: £12.50/£10.00 (cons)
Box Office: 020 7836 1973
www.africacentre.org.uk
Rise Kagona is a true African music legend. Born in Malawi, Rise Kagona is the founder, lead guitarist and sole remaining 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 rhumba, influences from the Congo and labelled their fast paced music ‘Jit Jive’. They were a ground-breaking force in African music, paving the way for more artists to be successful in Europe and the US. They enjoyed fantastic success – with international hits and stadium tours – and personal tragedy in equal measure. Their story is as compelling as their accomplishments are great and their music infectious unlike any other African groups. Tonight Rise Kagona plays with his band – The Jit Jive Band – and features songs from his legendary career and new songs from his forthcoming album.

Saturday 29th September | 7.00pm 

THE AFRICAN JAZZ STARS
JAZZ CAFÉ
5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG
Tickets: £17.50 / £15.00 (cons)
Box Office: 0207 485 6834
www.jazzcafe.co.uk
Africa’s finest jazz orchestra returns with their blistering big band funk, imaginative jazz solos and irresistible African rhythms. At the helm is Africa’s finest jazz guitarist Lucky Ranku, who leads the hard as nail rhythm section featuring inventive pianist Adam Glasser, power house drummer Babwaku Biasonama, percussionist Siemy Di and deep end bassist Femi Sofela. The stellar cast horn section features high note trumpeter Claude Deppa, bad bone trombonist Trevor Edwards, creative alto saxophonist Tony Kofi, soulful tenor saxophonist Bukky Leo and deep end baritone saxophonist Greg Bonnie. Vocalist Pinise Saul adds her class quality as the featured songstress. Expect an exhilarating and rousing show
THE AFRICAN JAZZ ALLSTARS
Lucky Ranku, guitar; Claude Deppa, trumpet; Trevor Edwards, trombone; Bukky Leo, tenor saxophone; Tony Kofi, alto saxophone; Greg Bonnie, baritone saxophone; Adam Glasser, piano; Femi Sofela, bass; Babwaku Biasonama, drums; Siemy Di, percussion and Pinise Saul, vocals.

Saturday 29th September | 10pm 

DELE SOSIMI and his AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA
+ DJ Koichi

NEW EMPOWERING CHURCH
1a Westgate Street, Hackney, E8 3RL
CLOSING PARTY
Take a trip to the heart of Hackney to experience Africa’s finest live afrobeat session with pianist Dele Sosimi as he leads his powerful Afrobeat Orchestra with DJ Koichi dropping heavy weight Afrobeat, afro funk and tropical rhythms on the desk. Dele Sosimi is one of the brightest lights in Afrobeat and funk today. His pedigree is unquestionable: he cut his teeth as the keyboard player, musical director and instructor in Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80. He continued with Fela’s son Femi in Positive Force, combining complex funk grooves, traditional Nigerian music, hi-life, African percussion and jazz.