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London African Music Festival 2021

12 Septembre 2021 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #music, #festival, #2021, #joyfulnoise, #biyiadepegba, #highlifeorchestra, #africanjazzorchestra, #carosika, #afroculture, #afrocultureblog, #ENG

London African Music Festival 2021

This month, London African Music Festival will stage two Live Events at the RichMix, London.

FRIDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER - 7.30PM

London African Music Festival 2021

The High Life Orchestra, established by trombonist and vocalist Abdul Raheem, will be the first to perform for the Trombonist and singer Abdul Raheem is the man to breathe new life to Hi-Life music. His career has seen him playing and recording with host of West African legends like Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, Tony Allen, Orlando Julius, Osibisa and many more, as well as releasing great albums as a leader.

His 8-piece orchestra takes the magical sounds of hi-life and update it with modern grooves that drives you crazy with its infectious riffs and blazing horn lines. This is a re-birth of Hi-Life that continues to play important roles in shaping the future sounds of West Africa. Expect to hear classics from the hi-life’s incredible musical history.

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SATURDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER - 7.30PM

London African Music Festival 2021

The African Jazz Orchestra will be the second and final act performing at the Richmix and will  bring its irresistible music driven by the basslines of Serge Ngando-Mpondo, who has an impressive CV, playing bass for Manu Dibango, Miriam Makeba, Touré Kunda, Papa Wemba, Busi Mhlongo, Cheik Lô. He features on Lion of Africa and also produced Coco Mbassi’s CDs “JÓA” and “SEPIA”
The orchestra 
is packed with brilliant soloists and has one aim which is to rekindle people’s love affair with African jazz. Their brilliant music takes the listeners to the roots of all black music where hi-life meets afrobeat and then meeting jazz along the way. Bassist and leader Serge Ngando-Mpondo has spent the last few years writing for this orchestra with the aim of creating spectacular live shows with some of the best African jazz soloists in contemporary music.  Together they speak with one unique voice that creates music that has no boundaries. 

Click on link below to buy your ticket.

You'd like to get a feel of London African Music Festival.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Biyi Adepegba back in 2018. Click below to watch the video and get a feel of the festival.

Click below for more info on Biyi Adepegba and Joyful Noise

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LA NUIT DES GRIOTS 2019 du 28 au 31 mars à Marseille!! Festival organisé par Live Culturefestiv

11 Mars 2019 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #festival, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2019, #FR

LA  NUIT DES GRIOTS 2019 du 28 au 31 mars à Marseille!! Festival organisé par Live Culturefestiv

Programme inédit  : Prenez le temps de partir à la rencontre de l'autre Festival La nuit des Griots 
Dans un cadre chaleureux, convivial, et musical, l'association Live Culture vous transmet sa bonne humeur et vous fait découvrir la culture Africaine pendant leur festival.
 
Des concerts de musique traditionnelle mais aussi d’afro-rock, des contes, des stages de Djembé et Balafon : tout pour voyager au-delà de la méditerranée ! 
 
Partir à la rencontre de différentes cultures est source d'enrichissement et de connaissance de soi. Le festival la nuit des griots ouvre une porte aux échanges, et vous amène à une plus grande conscience de votre propre culture.
 
Le festival La nuit des Griots, est une opportunité de découvrir la musique, la danse et les contes Africains. C'est la possibilité de créer des ponts lorsque d'autres érigent des murs.

Contact : Issiaka KOUYATE / Président de Live Culture : 07 50 48 41 54

Victor DA: Chargé de communication de Live Culture : 06 67 55 68 00

Mail : live.culture@outlook.fr          Site : www.live-culture-france.fr   

Cliquez pour toutes infos supplémentaires et pour réserver vos places!

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THE AFRICAN SALSA ORCHESTRA

3 Octobre 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #carosika, #festival, #music, #artist, #afroculture, #2018, #ENG

The African Salsa Orchestra led by Michel Pinheiro

The African Salsa Orchestra led by Michel Pinheiro

On Monday 24th September, Graphik Vision and Afro Culture had the privilege to attend the 16th Edition of the *London African Music Festival to hear The African Salsa Orchestra led by Beninese trombonist and singer Michel Pinheiro and hjs orchestra composed by international musicians from France, Togo, Cameroon, Cuba and more. We had the pleasure to interview him and get his insight on the African Origins of the Salsa Music.

"Salsa is born from the Africans forced through the Atlantic and their encounter with the slave owners. The drums we played in our convents birthed what we call Afro Cuban music. If it wasn't for the transatlantic slave trade, perhaps it would have been birthed not in Cuba, but in Benin or elsewhere in Africa" Michel Pinheiro.

As an African who had the privilege to be born on the continent, Michel Pinheiro is committed to build this bridge musically between Africa and latin-America as his great grandfather had returned from Brazil, their name Pinheiro being of Portuguese origins. This is an integral reason as to why Cuban musicians are part of the African Salsa Orchestra.

The group was launched in 2014 and their first album was produced in 2017. The musicians met in Paris and since have continued on this journey together touring internationally.

We recommmend to you to join their Facebook Fan page and make sure to see them in a concert near you soon.

 

 

*London African Music Festival, founded by Biyi Adepegba, Joyful Noise Productions Co-founder, promotes Black Diaspora Music. It started in 2002 to showcase artists they represented into festivals. They had notorious artists performing throughout the years such as Miriam Makeba, Papa Wemba, Koffi Olomide and more....

Watch our video below produced by Graphik Vision for full info.

Video work by Graphik Vision, presented by Caro Sika "The African Salsa Orchestra"

Caro Sika with Michel Pinheiro @Rich Mix London

Caro Sika with Michel Pinheiro @Rich Mix London

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CHANTAL LOIAL - DIFE KAKO AT BATUKE 2018

25 Août 2018 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #dance, #festival, #carosika, #music, #artist, #afroculture, #2018, #chantalloial, #awilolongomba, #ENG, #uk

Team Dife Kako @ Batuke 2018 LONDON

Team Dife Kako @ Batuke 2018 LONDON

Chantal Loial, founder and director of the dance company Dife Kako, has arrived in London today with 3 dancers who joined her this year from Strasbourg, Guadeloupe and Paris to attend Batuke Festival and Notting Hill Carnival 2018.

On Saturday 25th August, we had the pleasure to see her make a special appearance at the Music Soukous Festival with longtime friend AWILO LONGOMBA.

 

 

Chantal Loial performing with AWILO LONGOMBA at Music Soukous Festival, RichMix

For a full bio about Chantal Loial, check out the link below:

Chantal Loial will be teaching tomorrow, Sunday 26th August 2018, at 1.30pm at Rich Mix, running an Afro & Soukous Bootcamp. For more info and to book your pass, click link below:

Team Dife Kako with Caro Sika

Team Dife Kako with Caro Sika

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Boubacar Kafando et son groupe Zaama Nooma au festival Focus Africa 2018

6 Juin 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #carosika, #festival, #musique, #artiste, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2018, #focusafrica, #FR

Boubacar Kafando et Zaama Nooma au festival Focus Africa à Londres

Boubacar Kafando et Zaama Nooma au festival Focus Africa à Londres

Pendant que Boubacar Kafando, un virtuose du N'goni et de la Kora, artiste, compositeur, interprète et et le leader du groupe Zaama Nooma, est en train de terminer les balances pour le concert "Focus Africa" dans une heure de temps, je suis présentée à Joel Kabore, l'un des cinq principaux musiciens du groupe. Joel joue du djembé et Tama et est également du Burkina Faso comme l'est Boubacar. Son amitié et relation musicale avec Boubacar ne date pas d'hier; ils se connaissent depuis plus de 20 ans. Pour ce qui est du groupe Zaama Nooma, il est soigneusement constitué par Boubacar Kafando en 2010.

Joel Kabore me révèle que le nom du groupe signifie "unis nous sommes plus forts" dans la langue Mooré, qui est la langue dominante du Burkina Faso. Le Burkina Faso en Afrique de l'Ouest, qui signifie "Le pays des hommes intègres",  compte environ 70 langues différentes ce qui en fait un pays multiculturel, comme de nombreuses nations africaines. L'humanité de Boubacar Kafando et son groupe Zaama Nooma et leur recherche d'harmonie se traduisent dans leur amour pour la musique ; et l'expression de leur musique est d'encourager tout un chacun à vivre en harmonie avec son prochain. Ils adressent aussi le besoin de justice sociale et les inégalités ou injustices qu'ils voient autour d'eux. Naturellement, il est parfaitement logique que le dernier album de Boubacar Kafando, sorti en 2016, s'appelle "faut pas se diviser".


Pour plus d'info sur Zaama Nooma, Afrobeat band, cliquez le lien ci-dessous :

https://www.boubacarkafando.com/bio-eng

Continuez au bas de la page pour plus d'infos sur l'association Zaama Nooma et son centre culturel au Burkina Faso

Boubacar Kafando qui finit ses balances avant le concert

Boubacar Kafando qui finit ses balances avant le concert

Joel Kabore au Tama

Joel Kabore au Tama

Leur projet musical est, toutefois, bien au-delà de l'industrie de la musique seule. Zaama Nooma est aussi le nom de l'association que Boubacar Kafando a fondée en 2007 dans le but de transmettre l'héritage musical du Burkina Faso et de l'Afrique subsaharienne à sa jeunesse. Elle y veille, à travers différentes actions telles que des ateliers de musique (djembé, Kora), des concerts, des activités éducatives telles que la réparation et la fabrication d'instruments et la recherche et la préservation des instruments en voie de disparition.


Plus tard, en parlant à Boubacar Kafando, il m'est évident que sa passion et son engagement pour la musique et son patrimoine est une partie intégrale de sa mission et de sa vie; il tourne à travers le monde et collecte des fonds pour faire vivre son association. Il travaille aussi activement à promouvoir son groupe Zaama Nooma afin qu'ils puissent également vivre de leur art. C'est une des raisons pour lesquelles Boubacar Kafando aime se produire à Londres, qu'il considère être une ville multiculturelle, très ouverte à la culture africaine et à sa musique.


Pour ma part, j'ai adoré voir Boubacar Kafando et Zaama Nooma Live. Leur énergie, la fusion de rock et la rythmique traditionnelle de la Kora et autres instruments traditionnels, leurs états d'esprit, en font un groupe totalement à part et unique.

Je vous encourage vivement à les découvrir et à assister à leurs prochains concerts.

Pour toutes les dates à venir, https://www.boubacarkafando.com/

Boubacar Kafando & Zaama Nooma et Caro Sika

Boubacar Kafando & Zaama Nooma et Caro Sika

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Boubacar Kafando and the Zaama Nooma at Focus Africa 2018

5 Juin 2018 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #festival, #music, #artist, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2018, #focusafrica, #ENG, #uk

Boubacar Kafando and the Zaama Nooma Band at Focus Africa 2018, RichMix London

Boubacar Kafando and the Zaama Nooma Band at Focus Africa 2018, RichMix London

See Boubacar Kafando the Zaamam Nooma band playing Live

As Boubacar Kafando, a virtuose of the N'goni and the Kora, singer, songwriter, composer and the leader of the great Zaama Nooma band, is finishing off the balance for the concert "Focus Africa" starting in a hour time, I am introduced to Joel Kabore, one of the five main musicians of the band. Joel plays Djembe and Tama and is also from Burkina Faso as is Boubacar. His friendship and musical relationship with Boubacar goes back a long way, over 20 years. The actual band came together in 2010. Joel Kabore tells me that the meaning of the band's name is "united we are stronger" in the Mossi Language, which is the dominant language of Burkina Faso, which counts approximately 70 languages and makes it a multicultural country, as many African nations. Boubacar Kafando and the band's love for people and unity really translate in their love for music; and the expression of their music is to call people to leave in harmony and love each other. They equally address the need for social justice and inequalities or injustice they see around them. It naturally makes perfect sense that the latest album of Boubacar Kafando, released in 2016, is called "faut pas se diviser", we must not be divided.

For more info about Zaama Nooma, Afrobeat band, check the link below:

https://www.boubacarkafando.com/bio-eng

Continue to read below for info on their charitable work

Boubacar Kafando finishing off the balance prior to the concert

Boubacar Kafando finishing off the balance prior to the concert

Joel Kabore playing the Tama

Joel Kabore playing the Tama

Their musical project is, however, far beyond the music industry alone. Zaama Nooma is also the name of the charitable organisation Boubacar Kafando founded in 2007 with the aim to pass on the musical heritage of Burkina Faso and sub-Saharan Africa to the youth. It accomplishes its goal through different actions such as musical workshops (Djembe, Kora), concerts, educational activities such as the repair and manufacture of instruments and research and preservation of endangered instruments. A cultural centre "le centre culturel Zounoogo" also opened its doors in 2009 in the town of Saponé, Burkina Faso.

For more info, https://www.boubacarkafando.com/association-zaama-nooma

Later on, speaking to Boubacar Kafando, it is evident that his passion and commitment for music is integral, touring throughout the world and raising funds for the work of his charity and he is actively working at promoting the band so that they can comfortably make a living from the art and their craft. That is one of the reason Boubacar Kafando loves performing in London which he considers to be a multicultural city, very open to African Culture and music.

For my part, I have loved seeing Boubacar Kafando and the Zaama Nooma band perform. I loved the energy, the fusion of rock and the traditional rhythmic of the Kora and other traditional instruments.

For Boubacar Kafando's and the Zaama Nooma's Band next concerts, find all the dates on https://www.boubacarkafando.com/

Boubacar Kafando & The Zaama Nooma band with Caro Sika at RichMix, London

Boubacar Kafando & The Zaama Nooma band with Caro Sika at RichMix, London

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