Mady Diabaté, Purcell Room, London, Sunday
of EFG London Jazz Festival. Kassé Mady sings in Bambara,
transcribing nuances of the human soul into song and delivering
the powerful messages of the Manding Empire that have travelled
through the centuries. He'll be accompanied by Ballaké
Sissoko on kora, Lansiné Kouyaté on balafon and
Makan Tounkara on ngoni.
Prâna followed by Mvula Mandondo, Rich Mix, London,
Sunday 30th November
Prâna is the journey of the drum, an original work
by drummer-percussionist Siemy Di who brings together music and
theatre to tell an inspiring story. Founded by percussionist Saidi
Kanda, who first made his name with Remmy Ongala’s Orchestra
Super Matimila, Mvula Mandondo presents a mix of Tanzanian village
roots, urban rumba and Afro-Caribbean influences.
from Africa, Rich Mix, London, Friday 5th December
A night featuring Yaye Dib Sabar, a West African drum
and dance company and Minnjiaraby, a band founded by Senegalese
guitarist-singer-composer Abdulaye Samb. His original music is
inspired by Fula and Mandinka cultures.
Lokito, Upstairs at The Ritzy, London, Saturday 6th December
Lokito layer the swinging soukous guitar sound of Kinshasa over
the roots rhythms of Havana and top it off with honeyed vocal
harmonies and hot salsa piano. Their live shows always bring an
amazing tropical party vibe.