London African Music Festival 2011 Celebrates 21 Years

Tiken Jah Fakoly
The 9th London African Music Festival is set to take place in several venues throughout London between September 9-18th. Highlights include Tiken Jah Fakoly, Sona Jobarteh, Terrakota, Etienne Mbappe, Hassan Erraji, and Ola Onabule.

The venues hosting events include The Jazz Cafe (Friday 9th-Sunday 11th), Bloomsbury Theatre (Mon 12th – Tues 13th), Stratford Circus (Wed 14th – Thurs 15th), South Bank (Fri 16th – Sun 18th) and the Ritzy Upstairs on Sunday 10th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th with a truly extra event at Richmix on the 25th October.

International visitors and world class UK based artists share great billing with an affordable range of tickets. The range of music is extraordinary, from pure tradition to blues, soul and funk and cross cultural expressions of totally original material from a wealth of African origins.

Jazz Cafe

Etienne Mbappe (Cameroon/France)
Friday 9 September | Jazz Café | 7.30pm | £17.50/£15.00 (cons)
Tickets: 0207 485 6834 | www.jazzcafe.co.uk

Meteoric bassist Etienne Mbappe leads a first class band

Terrakota (Angola/Portugal)
Saturday 10 September | Jazz Café | 7.30pm | £17.50/£15.00 (cons)
Tickets: 0207 485 6834 | www.jazzcafe.co.uk

Terrakota, led by Angolan-Portuguese singer Romi Anauel

Claude Deppa’s Horns Unlimited (South Africa/UK)

Sunday 11 September | Jazz Café | 7.30pm | £17.50/£15.00 (cons)

Tickets: 0207 485 6834 | www.jazzcafe.co.uk

Awesome music fired by the energy of one of the great improvisers on the scene.

The Bloomsbury Theatre

Sona Jobarteh ( Guinea ) + Bumi Thomas (UK/Nigeria)

Monday 12 September | The Bloomsbury Theatre | 7.30pm | £15.00/£12.50 (cons)

Tickets: 020 7388 8822 | www.thebloomsbury.com

Kora virtuoso plays from her new album “Fasiya” with a cracking 7-piece band.

Ola Onabule ( UK )

Tuesday 13 September | The Bloomsbury Theatre | 7.30pm | £20.00/£17.50 (cons)

Tickets: 020 7388 8822 | www.thebloomsbury.com

One of UK ’s finest soul singers mixes urban soul styles with African rhythms in a remarkable way

Stratford Circus

Grupo Lokito (Congo/Cuba)

Wednesday 14 September| Stratford Circus | 7.30pm | £12.50/£10.00 (cons)

Tickets: 0844 357 2625 | www.stratford-circus.com

An unique fusion of Congolese Rumba and Latin music resulting in an explosive dance music

Naija Groove 2

Bukky Leo, Ayinke Martins, Diya Ojo, Kunle Olasoju

and Naija Rhythm Orchestra

Thursday 15 September| Stratford Circus | 7.30pm | £12.50/£10.00 (cons)

Tickets: 0844 357 2625 | www.stratford-circus.com

Hypnotic dance grooves from Naija Rhythm Orchestra and their guests

The Southbank Centre

David O ( UK ) + Leo Mkanyia ( Tanzania )

Friday 16 September | RFH Foyer | 1.30pm | free

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Showcasing two new names from two genres of African music – afropop and afroblues

Nahini Doumbia and Les Espoirs Du Mali (Mali)

Friday 16 September | Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall | 5.00pm | Free

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Master drummer Nahini Doumbia of the Master Drummers of Africa leads his percussion group from Mali

Iness Mezel (Algeria/France)

Friday 16 September | Purcell Room | 7.30pm | £17.50/£15.00 (cons)

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Iness Mezel’s new cd “Beyond The Trance” is one of 2011’s best releases in any genre of music.

Tiken Jah Fakoly (Ivory Coast)

Friday 16 September | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 9.00pm | £20.00/£17.50 (cons)

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Africa’s reggae superstar star drops political lyrics driven by African rhythms and Jamaican grooves.

Kadialy Kouyate and Sound Archive

Saturday 17 September | Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall | 1.00pm | free

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Kora master and his African funk group

The Vocal Ensemble of Africa

Saturday 17 September | Purcell Room | 3.00pm | £15.00/£12.50 (cons)

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Six singers from six nations and their skin-tight band create music without boundaries.

Marcina Arnold (South Africa/UK)

Saturday 17 September | Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall | 5.30pm | Free

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Afrosoul singer mixes urban grooves with South African rhythms

Funmi Olawumi ( Nigeria )

Saturday 17 September | Purcell Room | 7.30pm | £17.50/£15.00 (cons)

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Infectious uplifting music from the unique fusion of juju, afrobeat, fuji and hi-life

Ray Lema Trio and Saka Saka Orchestra (Congo/France)

Saturday 17 September | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 9.00pm | £22.50/£20.00 (cons)

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Revered pianist leads his trio and 10-piece in jazz-soukous-rumba workout.

Ruby and The Vines (Congo/UK)

Sunday 18 September | Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall | 1.00pm

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Afro-pop from bassist and her group

Hassan Erraji ( Morocco )

Sunday 18 September | Purcell Room | 3.00pm | £15.00/£12.50 (cons)

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Erraji plays from “Awal Mara” ( World Village ) described as the best of his illustrious career.

The Rhythms

Sunday 18 September | Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall | 5.30pm | Free

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Afro-funk jazz group lead by bassist Femi Sofela

Dobet Gnahore ( Ivory Coast )

Sunday 18 September | Purcell Room | 7.30pm| £17.50/£15.00 (cons)

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Grammy winner Dobet Gnahore is a singer known for her dynamic stage show

Orchestre National De Barbès (Algeria/France)

Sunday 18 September | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 9.00pm | £22.50/£20.00 (cons)

Tickets: 0844 847 9910| www.southbankcentre.co.uk

One of the world’s music greatest groups creates music that burns with passion.

Festival Extras: Upstairs at The Ritzy
Diabel Cissokho (Senegal)
Saturday 10 September | Upstairs at the Ritzy | 8.30pm | £7/£6 (cons)/£5 Members
Tickets: 0871 9025739 | www.upstairsattheritzy.co.uk
A phenomenal singer and composer (kora) who has enough positive energy to power a small country

Thabani (ZIimbabwe)
Friday 16th September| Upstairs at the Ritzy | 8.30pm | £7/£6 (cons)/£5 Members
Tickets: 0871 9025739 | www.upstairsattheritzy.co.uk
His new CD “Child of Independence ” is a personal journey with surges of childhood memories.

Yaaba Funk (Various)
Saturday 17 September | Upstairs at the Ritzy | 8.30pm | £7/£6 (cons)/£5 Members
Tickets: 0871 9025739 |www.upstairsattheritzy.co.uk
The pride of Brixton – Yaaba Funk bring their explosive mix of Hi-Life and Afro-Funk to this festival session
RICHMIX

The Rhythms

Tuesday 25 October | RichMix, London |

Tickets: 020 7613 7498 | www.richmix.org.uk

Thrilling contemporary urban African music powered by afrobeat rhythms

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