Passing Clouds & Focus Organization Summer Showcase

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SATURDAY 2nd JULY 2011
Passing Clouds and Focus Organization Summer Showcase presents

An uplifting party featuring two of the biggest names in Afro and Afro-soul
KADIALLY KOUYATE & THE SOUND ARCHIVE and MIM SULEIMAN + Special guest : FAMILY ATLANTICA (live PA)

***KADIALLY KOUYATE & THE SOUND ARCHIVE***

Born into the great line of Kouyate griots in Southern Senegal, Kadialy draws on his West African heritage and its traditional songs to create his own mesmerising compositions. With his UK-based band 'Sound Archive' he blends melodious lines from the kora into a multi-layered tonal palette that is complimented by the unique combination of instruments and sounds from around the world creating one gorgeous package that is at once hauntingly beautiful yet highly danceable.

Now well-established in London, Kadialy's mesmerizing Kora playing and singing style have been welcomed in many prestigious venues: the Globe Theatre, Westminster Hall, the National Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall, the British Museum, O2 Arena, Union Chapel, WOMAD amongst others. He has given numerous BBC broadcasts - including performances on Radio 3's 'World Routes' and Charlie Gillett's 'World of Music'. In November 2008, Kadialy Kouyate represented the Kora for the first time at the "2do Festival Mundial Del Arpa" in Paraguay.

http://www.kksoundarchive.com/

*** MIM SULEIMAN****

"Think of Miriam Makeba meets Aretha Franklin. Mim's show-stopping performance is already the talk of the town" (Dave Jarvis.)

''Soulful, soaring, deep, and divine, Mim's presence and music is a blessing'' (mpenzi)

Mim is a recorded artist and has played from Asia to Europe. Her music ranges form soul, blues, funk, house, jazz, rock and dance tracks, to her African heritage. She sings and writes in English and Swahili (her native tongue) and is currently working on her new album, as well as a collaberation projects with Rafiki Jazz and Bare Knuckle Soul
She also runs workshops that include finding your voice, performing, singing, dancing, Harmonising and song writing and has conducted them at festivals, universities, and schools etc throughout the UK and abroad.

http://www.myspace.com/mimsuleiman

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