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Yaram Arts and Strings on Fire present
Jally Kebba Susso Album Launch
Friday 24 February
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member
In a nutshell
Banjul-London album launch party - a night of captivating, uplifting traditional Gambian kora music, jazz, rock, blues and Afro-funk.
If there is one name this year to look out for in African music scene it is undoubtedly Jally Kebba Susso as he rolls out his collection of cross-cultural original compositions titled Banjul-London. The album is the result of ten years expanding the boundaries of the griot kora tradition of the 21st century with his band Manding Sabu.
His concoction of jazz, funk and heady take on traditional styles is immediately accessible and uplifting, and yet filled with nuances and intoxicating rhythmical layers that give the music depth and intrigue.
With ease and confidence, this band connects. Precision, speed and a merciless energy characterise their performance style. Songs, sung in Mandinka, are of praise and love and call for togetherness and solidarity, palpable to everyone listening amid a guaranteed positive dance-floor filling atmosphere fit for a joyous evening of true celebration.
Jally is supported by the captivating Nelson & Friends collective, an Afro-fusion project blending Mozambique music with jazz and funk. After, party till late with DJ sets from Open the Gate & Volta 45.
What to Expect
Forging a new trajectory of sound from the 21-string West African harp, Jally plays from a background of 74 generations of musical heritage. He succinctly meets the demand of the modern generation of new comers from the diaspora, infusing the kora sound with drums, bass, guitar and sax. If you enjoy afrobeat or funk and need a good dance session, you’ll find yourself in good company - experiencing the kora as you’ve never seen it before. Expect a celebratory night of exceptional live music, dancing and the chance to pick up a signed copy of the new release. Support provided by Nelson & friends plus DJ sets from Volta 45 and Open The Gate.
Promoting the culture and heritage of Africa through live music and collaboration with Strings on Fire, London’s kora-meets-the-world music night.
Why does Rich Mix matter?
Only venue of its kind bringing such diverse backgrounds and ages together. Valuable platform for more niche, non-mainstream music and art. Ready to take risks - giving fresh artists a chance to build audiences. Keeping London vibrant and positive.
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Things you should know
This event is suitable for ages 16+
This event is wheelchair accessible.