African world trance band JuJu will be touring the UK during May-July 2012. Juju is Justin Adams (electric guitar, bendir, backing vocals), Juldeh Camara (lead vocals, ritti, talking drum), Billy Fuller (bass) and Dave Smith (drums, percussion). Their latest album ‘In Trance‘ (Real World Records) was recorded live to capture the spirit of JuJu’s electric performances on stage – incorporating trance rhythms from traditional Africa, jazz and the wilder end of rock.
JuJu have been busy performing in new territories with their live shows (including Reunion Islands, Benelux and Spain), while Justin Adams has also been producing new albums by Terakaft and Rachid Taha this year. Juju new live UK dates include a performance at The Borderline in London on 17 May, the BT River of Music event and the WOMAD Charlton park festival.
JuJu live in the UK – May/ June/ July 2012
(all dates are dates with JuJu’s 4 piece line-up unless otherwise indicated)
Saturday, 12 May, 7.30pm
Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Spiegel Tent, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich NR1 3BF
Box office: 01603 766 400 1930
(JuJu with John Blease on drums)
Thursday, 17 May, 7pm
The Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette Street, London W1D 4JB
Box office: 0843 221 0100 1900
Saturday, 19 May, 7.30pm
Pontardawe Arts Centre, 54 Herbert Street, Pontardawe, Neath Port Talbot SA8 4ED
Box office: 01639 686868
Friday, 8 June, 10pm
Hay on Wye Festival, Cymru Stage, Dairy Meadows, Hay HR3 5PJ
Box office: 01497 822 629 2200
Saturday, 9 June
Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham GL50 4SH
Box office: 01993 772580
Other acts include James, Hawkwind, Sharon Shannon etc.
Saturday, 23 June
Rosita Trust Midsummer Festival, Mount Harry House, Offham, Lewes BN7 3QW
(JuJu with Kham Meslien on bass)
Friday, 13 July, 8pm
Frome Festival, Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE
Box office: 01373 455420 2000
Saturday, 14 July
Rhythms of the World Festival, Hitchin Priory, Tilehouse Street, Hitchin SG5 2DL
Other acts include The Damned, Young Knives etc.
Saturday, 21 July
BT River of Music Festival, London Pleasure Gardens, Royal Victoria Docks, London E16 2BS
Sunday, 29 July
WOMAD Charlton Park, Malmesbury SN16 9DG
The Sensational Space Shifters (Robert Plant, Patty Griffin and JuJu)
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.