A multicultural musical showcase in the heart of London!
The line-up includes:
Femi and The InRhythms with Femi Sofela
7-piece band from Lagos and London, who mix the cerebral musicality of afrobeat with the visceral grooves of funk underpinned 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 scene.
The West African Highlife Collective (formerly known as Ikenga)
A multi-ethnic, multi-racial group with roots in the urban sounds of West Africa. The Collective always promise high-energy performances that showcase the West African Highlife story from its rustic origins in the musty creeks of West Africa, through the classic Big band format, on to its present day off-shoots i.e the neo-highlife heroics of Hip-life, Funky Highlife and Afrobeat.
This Irishman has layers of flavour, with roots in DJing for Hip-Hop/Breakin’ (break-dance/house-dance) events from an early age as part of Belfast City Breakers in the early to late 90’s. A regular party starter and cultural cultivator in London town since 2000. A frequent DJ at club and dance events across east and west Africa since 2010, including residencies at many of Kampala/Uganda’s underground clubs.
DJ Soulprovyder (aka Ian Milne)
DJ Soulprovyder has played venues across London including Ronnie Scotts, Jazz Café, Koko, Sketch, Momo’s, East Village, Plan-B, Trapeze and POW, to name a few, as well as big festivals such as the Isle of Wight and V Festival for the award winning Barcardi B-Bar. In 2013 he had the honour of being asked to DJ at the legendary Southport Weekender (SPW) afterparty in the SunCeBeat Dome arena.
Plus Koroleko Moussa Dembele – Free drum & balafon workshop
Dembele comes from a traditional Bwa Bwa griots family of musicians and craftsmen from Burkina Faso and Mali who have been making and playing musical instruments for generations. He has gone on to become a professional musician and teacher as well as a master craftsman of West African instruments. Dembele has toured extensively throughout Africa, Europe and Israel as a freelance multi-instrumentalist and band leader. He spent many years based in Ghana where he played balafon for the renowned Pan-African Orchestra.
The free workshop runs from from 5pm – 6.30pm. To book your free place, please send names to email@example.com.
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