Rootmaster: Awale


Awalé is a reflection of London's multiculturalism. With members from Tunisia, Cuba, France, Slovakia and England, their music takes influences from Afrobeat, Balkan music, North African Amarzigh music, Ethiopian Funk and Latin Jazz, blended in a unique synthesis.

The name Awalé, meaning "love each other", comes from an ancient African game declined in hundreds of versions scattered around the world.

Like the game, the music is played in turns and cycles of various length which echo themselves. Sometimes very intricately and sometimes in unison. Heavily horn based, with the colour and excitement of 70′s funk and with Balkan inspired odd time signatures. this dance music moves it's audience from their seats and on to the dance floor.

"Bringing a distinctive eastern take on afrobeat" – Lopa Kothari, World on 3, BBC3.; "Begs repeated listening." – Jane Cornwell, Songlines.; "Awalé's tunes rock." – Rita Ray (DJ, Broadcaster); "Awalé are doing something different with afrobeat and I do like it." – The late Charlie Gillett (Radio DJ, Broadcaster).

Other Events By This Artist

Date Event name City/Town Venue
05 Jul Original Roots ft Awalé London Ninety One

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