Thursday, 08 September 2011
Joyful Noise boss Biyi has been promoting African music in some of London’s prestigious venues for 21 years. If you want to catch up with the 9th London African Music Festival (LAMF), check out: www.joyfulnoise.co.uk/lamf.html.
We’re offering three pairs of tickets at the Bloomsbury Theatre and Stratford Circus sessions, read below:
Bloomsbury Theatre Sessions Tickets: 020 7388 8822, www.thebloomsbury.com
Sona Jabarteh (Gambia/UK) + Bumi Thomas (Nigeria/UK)
Monday 12 September, 7.30pm.
Sona Jobarteh is the first female kora virtuoso from the prestigious West African Jobarteh griot family. She is the granddaughter of the master griot Amadu Bansang Jobarteh and cousin to the celebrated kora maestro Toumani Diabaté.
She’s an accomplished composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist.
Tonight Sona Jobarteh plays her biggest solo concert to date and she is supported by her hand-picked 7-piece band, as she features music from her new album ‘Fasiya’ (West African Guild Records). Audiences will be captivated by her beautiful warm silky voice, strong West African rhythms and infectious melodies.
Bumi Thomas, a singer and acoustic guitar player, a new name on the UK underground black music scene, opens the show with her infectious rhythms and uplifting songs.
To be in with a chance of winning one of the 3 pairs of tickets, correctly answer this question: Which African country does Sona Jobarteh draw her musical lineage? Add Sona in subject heading.
Ola Onabule (Nigeria/UK) + Really Sharp (UK)
Tuesday 13 September, 7.30pm. £20.00/£17.50 (cons)
Ola Onabule is one of Britain 's finest soul singer/songwriters. On stage he reveals vocal and musical talent that harks back to the golden era of soul music, and is ably supported by a fine band of musicians. Tonight he plays from his 7th studio album Seven Shades Of Darker' (Rugged Ram Records).
Really Sharp, a three-piece Afro rock band consisting of guitarist Kola Ojedapo, bassist Niyi Ojedapo and drummer Jolomi Whyte. open the concert with their hard edge grooves driven by sharp guitar riffs.
To be in with a chance of winning one of the 3 pairs of tickets, correctly answer this question: What’s the name of the label on which Ola releases his albums? Add Ola in subject heading.
Stratford Circus Sessions Tickets: 0844 357 2625, www.stratford-circus.com
Grupo Lokito (Congo/Cuba)
Wednesday 14 September, 7.30pm
Grupo Lokito fuse Congolese rumba and Latin music to create explosive dance music that is layered with the swinging soukous guitar sound of Kinshasa and the roots rhythms of Havana, topping it all off with honeyed vocal harmonies and spoonfuls of hot salsa piano. At the heart of this music are the glorious voices of Eugene Makuta, Iddo and Manora, the guitar riffs of Limousine and Burkina Faso and the punching rhythms of bassist Elpidio Caicedo, conguero Dave Pattman and drummer Felix Ngindu. Holding the whole thing together is the dazzling keyboard work of salsa pianist Sara McGuinness. Tonight Grupo Lokito play from their new album ‘Esengo Ya Ko Bina’ (Malecon Records) which in Lingala means ‘The Joy Of Dancing’. Plus visual artists Your Mum.
To be in with a chance of winning one of the 3 pairs of tickets, correctly answer this question: What’s the Congolese language used in Grupo Lokito’s latest album? Add Grupo in subject heading.
Naija Groove 2 feat. Bukky Leo, Ayinke Martins, Diya Ojo And Kunle Olasoju’s Naija Rhythm Orchestra
Thursday 15 September, 7.30pm
. £12.50/£10.00 (cons)
One of the successes of the 2010 LAMF was the Naija Groove Session, which blew the roof off Stratford Circus! For this year’s festival, Naija Groove sees the Naija Rhythms Orchestra, led by guitarist Kunle Olasoju, joining forces with tenor saxophonist Bukky Leo, Afro-soul singer Ayinke Martins and roots singer Diya Ojo, for a full Naija dance music workout! They combine Nigerian traditional rhythms with modern influences, like Afrobeat, juju, fuji, hi-life and funky rhythms, to create hypnotic dance grooves from Africa’s most populous nation.
To be in with a chance of winning one of the 3 pairs of tickets, correctly answer this question: Can you name one African genre that’s part of the Naija Groove musical blend? Add Naija in subject heading.