Djembass: Live African Music Festival

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Focus Organization, Broadcite and Ticketweb present:

DJEMBASS - All Day African Drum & Dance Festival

T-Roy Bush Meat Offical Album Launch

On Saturday 20 August, Focus Organization, in partnership with Broadcite and Ticket Web, is hosting the bimonthly Djembass African Festival at the CLF Art Café in South London, in support of The Black & Ethnic Minority Arts (BEMA) Network - an organisation that believes artists working in partnership can change the world for the better. Not only is this the official album launch for one of the freshest Afro-Tech Dj’s around, T-Roy, with a live set featuring Bumi Thomas, but there will also be crowd-rocking performances from Kasai Masai (Congo), Benin City (UK Hiphop), Rough Science (UK Ska/Rock) and Dj’s Bogossy (Playvybz Radio & Choice FM), Eric Soul (Afrogroov), KMT and Oya Bun (Focus).

T-Roy’s cross-continental influences gave birth to his new concept album Bush Meat. It encapsulates a new generation of sounds inspired by African rhythmic beats and unleashes elements of Afro-beats, nu jazz, broken beats and electronica. T-Roy connects with an awesome selection of artists on this project – such as Wunmi, Kuku, Aero Manyelo, Wanlov Kubalor, Voice, Heidi Vogel, Bumi Thomas, Local Instruments – and this eclectic mesh of sounds invites you to experience the experimental edge of today’s African music, inspired from South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia. With wide-ranging international DJ support, the Bush Meat album connects the dots between the evolving African music scene and contemporary Britain.

Bumi Thomas, who features on the Bush Meat LP, will be performing live with T-Roy at the CLF. Her dynamic African jazz/neo-soul style is inspired by her multicultural identity. Born to a Brazilian Lagosian Father and Igbo mother her reality was always punctuated with the tribal sounds of her eclectic heritage.

Kasai Masai

After appearances at Womad 2006, Sarawak Rainforest Festival Malaysia 2008 and El Poble Espanyol Barcelona 2009, London based Kasai Masai have become renowned party rockers. Blending traditional Congolese sounds with a modern twist, their energetic and upbeat live sets are well renowned. KM is composed of musicians who have played with some of the best African artists, like Madiata, Defao, Langa Langa All Stars, Franco & TP OK Jazz and Wenge Musica. Nickens has also played with Quartier Latin of Koffi Olomide, recorded with Papa Wemba, Kanda Bongoman, Zaiko Lang Langa and many more. Overall, they put on an astounding total of 600 shows across Africa and Europe, playing in venues like the Zenith Olimpia in France. Their 5 piece band consists of the djembe, guitar, saxophone, bass and drums. Come and see before their big show at Royal Albert Hall in August.

Benin City

Hailing from the same exploding scene as Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and Pillers of the Community, Benin City are influenced by Outkast, Gnarls Barkley and The Roots. Fronted by Joshua Idehen, they are described by The Times as "London's hottest new spoken word talent". This five-piece outfit –featuring a superb quartet on drums, sax, trombone and Bass – have also played storming live sessions at the BBC Radio Theatre and Xfm.

Rough Science

Rough Science are the proud new winners of the Sound of Excellence Music Award - for their contribution to the unsigned music scene. Having rocked audiences at venues like Cargo and the Jazz Cafe’, Rough Science's infectious ska/rock beats will get you up on the dance floor in no time.

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Contacts:

Atta Kouassi, Founder Focus Organization,

Email [email protected] Mobile: 07932 527121 Web: www.focusorganization.com

Broadcite Productions - Email Tasha [email protected] www.broadcite.com

Ticket Web - www.ticketweb.co.uk

BEMA - Email [email protected] Web: www.bemanetwork.org.uk

CLF Art Cafe – The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST

Notes to Editors:

Established in 2010, FOCUS ORGANIZATION is a group of dynamic London-based music promoters who aim to bring together international musicians – ska, hiphop, reggae and world music artists – to create a series of unforgettable and culturally enriching events.Troy Bush Meat - Kudos Distribution. All tracks Produced / Recorded / Arranged and mixed @ the Lab by T-Roy [Tempo] Broadcite productions 2010 (p) (c) Broadcite musicBEMA is an informal alliance of arts organisations, individual artists, promoters and producers who have an interest in developing cultural activity as a means of promoting tolerance, equality and education.CLF Art Cafe is an eclectic centre for multimedia art, music and performances. The 5-storey space is based in the 120 year Old 'Bussey Building' Warehouse in SE15 http://www.clfartcafe.org/DJEMBASS is a monthly celebration of culture, music, dance and drums taking place @ the CLF Art Cafe & Warehouse Lounge.Rough Science
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0URTJrWMBLkKasai
Masai
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iukxm6bgix8Benin
CityUbuntu Soul Session is a series of nomadic DJ-led event gathering uber-cool AFRO brands under one GROOV. Inspired by the African ethic or humanist philosophy, the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnection. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality - Ubuntu - you are known for your generosity.Eric Soul/Afrogroov: Self-contained music movement bridging traditional and cutting-edge culture. www.youtube.com/user/afrogroovKMT (Freedom Teacher) uses the culture of Hip-Hop for social cohesion and to raise awareness of social issues. KMT specialises in UK black/urban music fusing Hip-Hop, R’n’B, Dance Hall, Neo Soul, Soul, Broken Beats, World, Grime and Pop. www.nu-kmt.com

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