Moringa Music Launch With Aj Holmes & The Hackney Empire, The Very Best And Soundway Records


Moringa Music proudly presents its debut label release 'Wedding' by afro party sensations AJ Holmes & The Hackney Empire. Set to be a special night of Palm Wine inspired melodies and the best of fresh beats and rhythms from across the globe.


Delicious West African food (think croaker fish, served up with hot pepper sauce and jollof rice) will served up in-house beforehand and of course strictly limited copies of the album can also be grabbed.



£6 advance

More on the door


Doors open at 8pm.



'Wedding' is the electrifying new release from a band who have been causing musical mayhem wherever they go. Based in the East End, and drawing inspiration from the cultural melting pot that is London, AJ Holmes and The Hackney Empire is a potent brew of one part Afro-pop, one part soukous, a dash of calypso flair, topped off with a soupçon of Pearly Queen. This eclectic mix has produced a fresh, innovative and raucous sound that bursts out of the speakers and wraps itself around your body. Resistance is futile: when AJ Holmes and The Hackney Empire unleash the madness, you will dance with abandon and shake your ass until it can't take no more.


Hot on the heels of a summer spent smashing it at the likes of Secret Garden Party, The Pleasure Garden, The Olympic Park and BT London Live, you'd think that AJ Holmes and The Hackney Empire would be content to release just one album, but there's no rest for the wicked, and AJ has put together a red hot mix-tape for Wedding; think of it as an amuse bouche to whet your appetite


Ten years ago, while taking a break from his telesales job and traveling through Ghana, Miles Cleret heard a local DJ spinning some obscure African funk, soul and blues records. After having his mind blown by the tracks, which were in danger of fading into obscurity and never reaching ears further afield, he decided to start Soundway Records and release rare world music compilations. After a handful of trips to Ghana, Miles had enough material for his first compilation.. When it notched up 5,000 sales he decided to release a second collection and Soundway has since put out over 25 records ranging from scratchy calypso and cumbia from Panama through to psychedelic Afrobeat from Nigeria



By all accounts, the far-flung variables that comprise The Very Best shouldn't coincide – but then again, how many bands can say they met in an East London (Hackney) junk shop? The chance introduction over the purchase of a bicycle in 2008 led production duo Radioclit to invite Esau Mwamwaya into their studio to collaborate on the mixtape that would launch their career. Containing an infectious cross-pollination of samples and rhythms anchored by Esau's soaring vocals, the mixtape quickly went viral (with approx. 850,000 downloads to date). Pitchfork offered them a slot at their festival for their U.S. debut, and worldwide tour dates for their infamous live shows followed.


The resident DJs and promoters behind the infamous tropical night Secousse London bring the heat with a mixture of afro styles old and new


London producer/dj Moroka has seen his travels take him to South Africa as a boy and return to the UK via the US, after escaping the 'resort DJ' industry he returned to his African connections with a passion for his boyhood love of kwaito. Minus the boiler suit and bucket hat he is making his own blend of dancefloor killers that bring the syncopated sounds of the southern hemisphere together with a unique London city touch.


Since first hearing the bass-heavy sounds of local producers during extended trips through Latin America in 2004, Vamanos has been captivated by the progressive urban dance music of the southern hemisphere. Returning to his native London, he began writing Ghetto Bassquake which quickly became a critically acclaimed online destination for the hottest underground sounds from around the world, focussed especially on Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean.

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