Preview: Balimaya Project @ Woolwich Works (London; Saturday 16th October 2021)

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Of course you are going to be blown away by the Balimaya Project… How could a 16-member-rich band possibly sound flat and dull?

But that’s not the (only) reason why we love them. The larger-than-life London-based collective has plenty of other qualities, just like their far-reaching music.

Led by percussionist Yahael Camara Onono and counting on musicians from Kokoroko and SEED Ensemble, Balimaya Project is a good and proper all-star band bringing forward a Pan-African cultural mission.

In their music, they present, blend and rework West African diasporic influences. They do that in their very own way, starting from each band member’s roots and background, from Senegal to Jamaica and Ethiopia to Cuba, and adding up jazzy and soulful arrangements.

They do that in such a cohesive and hearty fashion that their performances are a hard-to-forget uplifting music journey. 

There’s arguably no better way to celebrate Black History Month than experiencing a Balimaya Project show. Join them (and us) on Friday 16th of October at Woolwich Works, to re-discover African music in its most London shape.



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