La Grande Féte – The Best From Africa: Krar Collective+muntu Valdo+kasai Masai+afrik Bawantu

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On Friday 30th November, Focus presents a killer Autumn line-up of African artists at Passing Clouds, bringing you the very best sounds from this magical continent.

 

KRAR COLLECTIVE (Ethiopia)
MUNTU VALDO (Cameroon)
KASAI MASAI (Congo)
AFRIK BAWANTU (Ghana)

 

Upstairs
The Afro Palace Dj's
-Chief Commander Yaaba (Alomo, Yaaba Funk)
-Volta 45 (Juju)
Downstairs
-Eddie Boi (Mzanzi Grooves)

 

£7 before 10pm then £10 after
£7 advance tickets valid all night available only online here

 

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KRAR COLLECTIVE (Ethiopia)

'One of the most rousing, reliable new African bands of the year' The Guardian

 

Led by Temesgen Zeleke, a former pupil of Ethiopian vibraphone legend Mulatu Astatke, Krar Collective perform a rootsy yet contemporary take on traditional music from Ethiopia, based on other-worldly modes and driven by hypnotic rhythms. Krar Collective create a surprisingly full band sound, leading one critic to name them 'The Ethiopian White Stripes'. With gentle ballads and high-energy dance tunes, Krar Collective always surprise and delight.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7O5NG4ADSI&feature=plcp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIXbHi07o7s&feature=plcp

 

MUNTU VALDO (Cameroon)

'Muntu Valdo is a literal one-man band, providing all the singing and playing every instrument from guitar to harmonica, like a Cameroonian Phil Collins' The Financial Times

Muntu Valdo is internationally recognised as one of the most talented musicians and composers from Cameroon. He delivers his unique 'Sawa Blues' solo, with guitar & harmonica, using live technology to underpin his powerful melodies. He mixes multi-layered loops and mysterious sound textures with an armada of pedals at his feet. A totally mesmerising experience.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5vA0GAfOeU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7evhWdHEZEc&feature=relmfu

 

KASAI MASAI (Congo)

Seasoned performers and delightful to watch, Kasai Masai are Soukous kings. After appearances at WOMAD, Sarawak Rainforest Festival Malaysia and El Poble Espanyol, Kasai Masai's energetic and upbeat live sets are well-known. Individually they have each played with a whole host of African legends - Madiata, Defao, Langa Langa All Stars, Franco & TP OK Jazz and Wenge Musica – and Nickens has also played with Quartier Latin of Koffi Olomide, Papa Wemba, Kanda Bongoman and Zaiko Lang Langa.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iukxm6bgix8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IKRd_YMMDc

 

AFRIK BAWANTU (Ghana)

Afla Sackey's newly born 8 piece orchestra, Afrik Bawantu, blend vibrant African percussions with a funky horn section to create a rhythmically tight and entrancing fusion of sounds from the Motherland. With recent shows around the country, including Back2Black and Field View festivals, Afrik Bawantu are a band to watch out for.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc_Mt4Z-gi4&feature=relmfu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l_tt0bGT2k

 

Upstairs
The Afro Palace Dj's
-Chief Commander Yaaba (Alomo, Yaaba Funk)
-Volta 45 (Juju)
Downstairs
-Eddie Boi (Mzanzi Grooves)

 

£7 before 10pm then £10 after
£7 advance tickets valid all night available only online here

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