Senny Camara, vocalist, kora and guitar player, spent her childhood in a village in Senegal lulled by the traditional West African music that feeds her soul today. The authenticity and timelessness of her voice convey a captivatingly soulful note to her songs. Now living in Paris, she joins Ramon Goose, undoubtedly one of the most exciting and ground-breaking contemporary blues artists whose old-school guitar rhythms collide and meld with hypnotic grooves and melodies from the Sahara.
Having grown up in her grandparents’ neighbourhood, Senny Camara moved to the coast, driven by her passion for music. Playing music in the hotels in the area was an incredibly informative time for her, and the sensibility and emotive timbre of her voice did not go unnoticed by professional musicians who soon were seeking her out as an important component of their performances. With them she developed great versatility and enjoyed experimenting in different vocal pitches. It was then that she also began to work on her own project, in which the influences of such greats as Nina Simone, Ali Farka Touré, Wazize Diop, became evident. It wasn’t until several years later that she eventually moved to Paris. Music is for her the finest means with which to communicate: when standing on stage, her energy is palpable and transports her audience to another space and time. The guitar and the kora are her instruments of choice, and with them she unveils her roots, and invites her audience on a journey to discover her kaleidoscopic music-making.
Born in England, from an early age Ramon Goose was passionate about the music of the American South, especially pre-war Delta blues which influenced and continues to influence his guitar style. He has drawn inspiration from artists such as Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, Robert Johnson and Ry Cooder. Constantly looking to extend and expand his musical horizons, in 2010 he set out to discover the roots of the Blues. The journey took him to West Africa and he spent time in Dakar, Senegal playing with griot and other musicians. He co-wrote, performed on and produced the album “Mansana Blues” with Kora star Diabel Cissokho. It was released to critical acclaim in 2010 ( Downbeat Magazine poll winner). Tracks of Ramon have been featured on Putamayo’s 2013 release “African Blues” and also the forthcoming African Blues compilation by World Music Network (April 2014). The West African Blues Project was Ramon’s next project (a collaboration with Senegalese singer Modou Toure) and in 2015 they released a much lauded album together (and performed for us at Sands Films in 2016). Over the years Ramon has worked with Eric Bibb, Pee Wee Ellis, Chris Thomas King, Diabel Cissokho (Senegal), Daby Toure (Mauritania), Atongo Zimba (Ghana), Noumoucounda Cissoko, Najma Akhtar, Justin Adams & Julian Joseph to name a few. Ramon came full circle with his 2017 album ‘Long Road To Tiznit’ (World Music Network/Riverboat Records), music of vibrant, earthy and bluesy nature, imbued with world rhythms.
Doors will open at 7pm. A cash bar will serve drinks. The beautiful early 18th century church is a 3 minute walk from Rotherhithe Overground Station, and 381 and C10 buses.