Mama Africa: African Women in Concert in London

Maya Sona Jobarteh
Maya Sona Jobarteh
Mama Africa 2009 will offer an all too rare opportunity to enjoy world class UK based African female artists in full flow individually and together on March 20th, 2009 at the Inn on the Green. A sonorous and joyful evening ramjammed with excellent music with kora virtuoso Maya Sona Jobarteh (Gambia/UK) who enjoys a distinguished heritage – Toumani Diabate’s cousin; Vanya Reid & Delphina James – Pan Supremos of Engine Room Collective; Paulina Oduro – Mama Africa incarnate (Ghana); Bonolo (Humble) – 3 piece South African acapella; and Megumi Mesaku (Ska Cubano)– Saxophonist extraordinaire + a feisty African mash up from DJ Tjongz, DJ Debbie and other female selectors

Maya Sona Jobarteh celebrates her debut album Afro Acoustic Soul with its bittersweet beautifully crafted tales of live and love; The Engine Room Collective women play awesome energetic inspiring tenor pans; Paulina Oduro (AKA Princess Adwoa) has the finest voice honed travelling worldwide with her own and other’s bands, whilst Bonolo boast Ruby Serame, an original member of Shikisha and vocal harmonies to send shivers down the spine. Japanese Megumi Mesaku has to be seen to be believed – dubbed the world’s finest Ska saxophonist, she brings new verve and style to the African stage – baritone sax played behind your back anyone?

All alongside Ray Carless’ (Formerly Jazz Warriors/Incognito) impossibly tight Club Skaaville band who Lively Up the African vibes in all styles. The women perform their own material and then everything explodes into a glorious jam.

March 20th 2009
Inn on the Green
3-5 Thorpe Close
Ladbroke Grove
London W10 5XL
Stair lift, covered smoking balcony, food, women friendly welcoming venue, taxis easily secured
Bus 7, 15, 23,52,295, Ladbroke Grove tube
8pm – late £5.00

Wom @ tt (World of Music at The Tabernacle) is determined to put UK based African and Caribbean artists on the map. All too often these fine musicians are overlooked infavour of (albeit excellent) visiting acts.

Wom @ tt is presenting a series of concerts at the newly refurbished Tabernacle, Powis Square from its relaunch in May as well as at Inn on the Green. New partners in other London and wider locations will shortly be added. Wom @ TT runs a mentoring and training scheme for young people in stagecraft, artist touring and promotion and has a strong educational wing, sending artists into the formal and informal education sector.

Wom @ tt in association with Limpopo Club, Club Skaaville and Outerglobe

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Author: World Music Central News Department

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