and Larry Willis + Zena Edwards, Royal Festival Hall, London,
Friday 15th November
A rare opportunity to experience the intimate side of
South African maestro Hugh Masekela, in a series of duets with
master pianist Larry Willis, revisiting a friendship stretching
back to their days together at college in New York in the 60s.
Their release Friends is a masterpiece of chamber jazz
combined with the sheer exuberance of the Masekela style.
Also, performance poet, writer and musician Zena Edwards premieres
a new work commissioned by the PRS For Music Foundation as part
of the EFG London Jazz Festival's 21 Commissions project.
Valdo, mac, Birmingham, Saturday 16th November
Muntu Valdo's music is rooted in the blues, mixing African
traditions with striking modernity and technical mastery. He brings
a mesmerising solo set mixing intricate African guitar lines with
loops and samples to create Sawa Blues.
Diabate, Royal Festival Hall, London, Friday 22nd November
The kora maestro Toumani Diabaté joins Trio Da
Kali, 3 outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern
Mali, who come from a long line of distinguished griots. The trio
features the pure vibrato voice of Hawa Kasse Mady, daughter of
the legendary singer Kasse Mady Diabate; the dazzling virtuoso
balafon playing of Lassana Diabaté; and Mamadou Kouyaté
(23 years old) providing brilliant bass lines on a large ngoni
in the tradition of his father, Bassekou Kouyaté.
Barbican, London, Tuesday 26th November
Manu Dibango, the ‘Lion of Africa’, has been at the
forefront of African music for more half a century. Expect an
evening of celebration of his 80th birthday from this world-class
entertainer and his special guests – music that is a mesmerising
mix of pop, afrofunk, soul, hip-hop, electro rock and jazz.
Terakaft, Cafe Oto, London, Thursday 28th November
Formed in 2001 Terakaft are a Tuareg desert rock band sculpted
by the rolling sands of the Sahara: weathered, dusty, relentless,
endless. Through droning guitars, pulsating rhythms, and powerful,
mournful vocals, Terakaft – ‘Caravan’ in their
mother tongue – tell tales of a nomadic people, of families
displaced, of violence, loss, sadness and defiance.