Saturday, 8 August 2009

Event: London African Music Festival

Since 2003 the London African Music Festival has been at the forefront of new African music and this year is no exception, with the festival featuring true legends – Oliver Mtukudzi, Lord Eric Sugumugu, the leader of the mighty Master Drummers of Africa, who premiers his new acoustic group, and maverick jazz organist Ed Bentley who leads his new high energy group that fuses hi-life with funk and jazz solos. As always it features women leaders with this year’s stars including The Yoruba Women Choir, Uganda’s diva Rachel Magoola, contemporary jazz saxophonist YolanDa Brown and Hilary Mwelwa leads her remarkable group, Hil St Soul.

The Future Sounds of Africa
ft, TY, Sean Allen, Xantone Blaque, Eska,
Femi Temowo, Zem Audu, Nathan Allen, Michael Olatuja, Jenny Adejayan and Jonathan Idiagbonya

For the first time ever in London the new stars of African music come together to celebrate the incredible richness of African music in all its glories in the year of Barack Obama. This amazing project stars hip-hop MC super star TY, grime MC Sean Allen, vocalist Xantone Blaque and afro-soul singer Eska alongside jazz stars: curator and guitarist Femi Temowo, saxophonist Zem Audu, drummer Nathan Allen, bassist Michael Olatuja, cellist Jenny Adejayan, keyboardist Jonathan Idiagbonya. Together they bring the rhythms of the motherland and urban grooves of London and New York to create an exhilarating new sound that brings African music bang up to date.

Saturday 12 September 2009, 10pm, Tickets

YolanDa Brown

Saxophonist YolanDa Brown has won a string of awards including Best Jazz category at the MOBO Awards 2008 and a UMA award nominee for Best Jazz. Her stunning mix of contemporary jazz saxophone and urban grooves has made her one of UK's finest contemporary musicians in any genre of music. Her fresh approach to jazz has made her music accessible and compelling, rich in complex harmonies and steely mysticism. She performs with her nine-piece group.

Saturday 12 September 2009, 5.30pm, Tickets

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