Traoré, Rich Mix, London, Thursday 21st May; Norfolk and
Norwich Festival, Friday 22nd May
Popularly and affectionately known as Kar Kar, Boubacar
Traoré is Mali's legendary blues guitarist.
Bath Festivals, Third Floor, Abbey Chambers, Bath, Monday 25th
May; Barbican, London, Monday 8th June; Love Supreme Jazz Festival,
Glynde Place, Sunday 5th July
The great South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is considered
to be one of the world’s all-time greatest horn players.
Songhoy Blues, Village Underground, London, Thursday 28th
Songhoy Blues are a 4-piece band who formed having fled
a hard-line Islamist coup in the north of the country and cut
their teeth in Bamako’s club scene.
and Kasai Masai, Passing Clouds, London, Friday 29th May
In 'The Best from Africa' series: Zimbabwe meets Congo
for a night of pure afro grooving. Harare (Chimurenga) and Kasai
Masai (Soukous) will perform live with their latest releases.
Diawara and Roberto Fonseca, Barbican, London, Saturday 30th May
Malian soul singer Fatoumata Diawara and Cuban jazz pianist Roberto
Fonseca join in a unique collaborative performance. They experiment
with the links between Cuban and Malian music in a live setting,
and explore their shared passions.
Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra, Shapes, Hackney, London, Saturday
Dele Sosimi's new album launch. Dele’s keys player &
musical director in Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80. His pulsating
live shows demonstrate his vision of Afrobeat - it is faithful
to the original blueprint, but also clearly bears his own mark,
expanding the horizons of the genre.
Souad Massi + Le Trio Joubran, Barbican, London, Sunday
A double bill that brings together Souad Massi's music of North
Africa and Le Trio Joubran from the Middle East. Souad will present
material from her new album Al-Mutakallimûn, mixing Arabic
instruments such as the oud with rock and folk alongside Portugese
Fado and African soul.
Live, Jazz Cafe, London, Sunday 31st May
The UK's biggest live music event for Afrobeats artists &
entertainers. Headlined by JJC SKILLZ and featuring Timbo, SK,
Tyroon Da Prince, Mikes Comedy, Selecta Aff, Komo, Matto, Double
Bangs, Debrah Rose and Temple, all backed by Empire Sounds Live
Daby Touré, Rich Mix, London, Friday 12th June
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Daby Touré hails
originally from Mauritania with roots in Senegal. While his father
and uncles formed the pioneering band Touré Kunda,
Touré followed his own musical path, with influences ranging
from folk melodies and desert blues, to jazz, pop, reggae, funk
Walthamstow Garden Party, Lloyd Park, London, Saturday
18th-Sunday 19th July
music programme will feature local talent alongside international
musicians including, from Africa: Kasai All Stars, a 16-piece
band from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Femi Kuti & The
Positive Force fronted by son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and
Ebo Taylor, mixing powerful rhythms and African soul.