Garance & The Mitochondries
Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Garance & The Mitochondries

Garance & The Mitochondries

The London Jukebox presents..

Garance and the Mitochondries (alternative experimental post musette folk)

London’s French extrovert Garance Louis has pulled out all the stops with her second album Balance L’Aurore, working with Portico Quartet producer Sonny Johns on a musical odyssey that showcases everything good in London’s live music scene. Her second album sees Garance come of age as an arranger and producer alongside her distinctive songwriting style.

Growing up in the independent 'Cinémaginaire' in the South of France, Garance ’s childhood was filled with the sights and sounds of the movies - transporting her around the world without leaving Perpignan. The sense of adventure and creativity is plain to hear on every track, referencing a joyful array of experiences from the last 2 years. Having busked her way across the world, through New Orleans, Brazil, Portugal, and Italy, she documented these adventures in songs about absurd abstraction, procrastination, star-crossed open relationships; intoxicating love and subsequent break-ups, and rebirth in the Amazonian forest.

With the backing of her avid support which helped her crowdfund over £5000 towards the album, Garance drew together some of London’s finest instrumentalists to make this record. The album features horn section masterminded by jazz legend Ewan Bleach, string arrangements by Fred Thomas, heavy synths by Dave Maric, tremolo guitar and full rhythm section. Every track has a rich and distinct orchestration, making the album a celebration of musical daring.

The album launch is on the 3rd May 2018 at the Total Refreshment Centre with East London promoter Woodburner - Garance will create an immersive, one-off show involving 15 musicians from the new record which is bound to be full of color.


Discographie:

EP : Tu crois que je crois 2013

LP: un puit qui fuit 2014

LP: Balance l’aurore 2018


Tickets: £5.00 (+Fee)

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Jyotsna Srikanth
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Jyotsna Srikanth

Jyotsna Srikanth

Hailing from Bangalore and now based in London, Jyotsna is Europe’s foremost Indian violinist. Her music illuminates Carnatic musical tradition in kaleidoscope colour. Approaching every musical interaction with a forward-thinking outlook and elastic expressivity, Jyotsna is just as likely be found reveling in raga rotations or jamming in free jazz, often marrying the two.

Jyotsna’s musical tutelage began at home guided by her mother, Ratna Srikantiah, a Carnatic vocalist and teacher. Dedicated from a young age, as a girl Jyotsna would practice for six hours daily and attend concerts in the evenings. At the age of six she saw violin legend Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan perform and was inspired to take up the string instrument, not looking back since. She trained under musical greats including R.R. Keshavamurthy and V.S. Narasimhan, making her professional debut at the age of nine.

Jyotsna went on to begin a successful career lending her talent to the film industry, playing on over two hundred South Indian cinematic soundtracks. Upon moving to London her work expanded to include television and festival engagements including work for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, WOMAD, BBC Proms and the Red Violin Festival. She also lectures in music, having delivered her discourse at the University of Cambridge and Liverpool University.


Currently Jyotsna enjoys a demanding career as an eminent solo musician. Her 2013 album Call of Bangalore (Riverboat Records) cemented her position as a ‘major instrumentalist of vision and imagination’ (fRoots) and ‘an extraordinary and versatile violinist’ (The Guardian).

2014 sees the release of Bangalore Dreams (United Sound). Bangalore Dreams is Jyotsna’s meditation on a theme of encounters; east meets west, ornamentation meets groove, India meets jazz. Her violin sings out vivid melodies and redolent ragas of her beloved Bangalore, twisted through with a strong jazz flavour.

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LIVE MUSIC BRUNCH (The Sages 竹林七贤)
Jan
26
11:00 AM11:00

LIVE MUSIC BRUNCH (The Sages 竹林七贤)

Feast your ears on our first ever live music brunch, featuring our brand new Indian breakfast menu, BOTTOMLESS CHAI and some of London's most scintillating global talent. 

For our first weekend we are joined by THE SAGES 竹林七贤


Tickets just £5!

The Sages (⽵竹林林七贤) are a new world music fusion band project based in London that draws inspirations from different music elements throughout time and history. With the main focus on traditional East Asian music, the band mainly consists of young students currently studying at SOAS, University of London, as well as members of the SOAS Chinese Silk and Bamboo Ensemble. As a diverse cosmopolitan generation growing up under an age of globalisation and other social changes, the band aims to explore the concepts between “East” and “West”, cultural identity and musical “genres” through both original composition and adaption of traditional folk music. 

Since the formation of the band in November 2017, The Sages have played at numerous venues and events such as the Oxford 2018 Chinese New Year Gala, Rich Mix main stage, Sounds of the World concert series in Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre, The Curious Arts Festival 2018 in Southampton, SOAS Graduation 2018, The Golden Hinde, and were recently featured on an episode of BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ presented by Katie Derham as well as ‘A World in London’ with DJ Ritu. 

Members:

Yijia Tu - Vocals, guitar, Mongolian throat singing 

Peadar Connolly-Davey - Autoharp, ocarina, hulusi, bawu, tin whistle, Tuvan throat singing 

Gregor Bauer - Chinese percussion, pipa.

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Sura Susso Live Music Brunch
Jan
27
11:00 AM11:00

Sura Susso Live Music Brunch

Sura Susso Live Music Brunch

The London Jukebox presents...

Sura Susso for a Live Music Brunch

Originally from the Gambia, Surahata "Sura" Susso was born into a griot family, a tradition that originates from West Africa and refers to cultural figures that carry knowledge and the regional identity of their communities through song, music and poetry. Sura is the son of Mamudou Susso, one of the finest living kora players, and Fatou Binta Cissokho, who was a gifted singer and percussionis. It is no surprise that this young man has talent. Sura fuses his traditional influences with new genres in order to promote his cultural roots and heritage, creating a truly unique and innovative sound. 

Sura came to the UK at the age of seventeen to tour as the percussionist in his brother’s band, The Seckou Keita Quintet. Tours with the quintet took them all around the world and provided an invaluable experience for Sura to be the professional musician he is today. He honours the role that his elder brother has played in supporting his musical journey. He stepped out in 2012 with the release of his debut album, Sila Kang. 

As a soloist, Sura has performed extensively around the world – In March 2012, he was honoured to be invited to play for her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, as part of the opening ceremony for the Central Manchester City hospitals. As well as performing solo, Sura has been involved in number of collaborations with other artists. He has taken part in more than five hundred shows in over thirty different countries spanning over every continent.


Tickets £9.00 (+Fee)

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Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba
Jan
27
6:00 PM18:00

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba

Bassekou Kouyate

is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa, and he has collaborated with many musicians in and outside of Mali, such as Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate, Taj Mahal, Damon Alban, Joachim Kühn…).

He rejoices in an unusual band formation, which includes three players of the n’goni, manifested in its differing tonal sizes and 2 percussionists (talking drum, Yabara, Calebasse). Completed by the fantastic singer Amy Sacko, the band performed already at major festival around the globe (e.g. Glastonbury, Roskilde, Fuji Rock Festival, North Sea jazz Festival, WOMAD). In 2013 the BBC chose Bassekou as “best African artist of the year”

“...we were swept along on a wave of urgent rhythms and improvisation” (London Jazz News)

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Ask An American
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Ask An American

Ask An American

The London Jukebox presents..

Be transported to New Orleans with this fiery musical troupe stomping out Country Blues from the Deep South on the cobbled streets of London.

Graham plays National Resophonic Guitar influenced by old Delta Blues players and Rebekah holds down the groove on Double Bass. Accompanied by swinging beats and a blaring horn section, this bold and bluesy six-piece breathe new life into old tunes.

Band Members

Graham Farnworth
Rebekah Robertson


£7.00 (+Fee)

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Gypsy Flamenco: King Cassady
Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

Gypsy Flamenco: King Cassady

King Cassady

King Cassady, a rag tag band of Jazz Gypsies, are an up-and-coming, bartab-running, come-rain-or-come-sunning trio of buskers, bringing you their own blend of furious flamenco, jumping’ gypsy jazz and bopping’ beats.

Having cut their teeth on the streets of Camden, King Cassady capture what gets toes tapping and hips shaking. Now carving their way through London’s live circuit, this fiesta of foot stomping will kick off your Saturday night in style.

Whether it's mixing clubhouse classics with fervent Flamenco or jiving Gypsy jazz with thumpin' beats, their high octane Flamenco rhythms and pounding percussion will have you dancing like a maenad and drinking like Dionysus! Opa!

Youtube:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MQkYwaaHuI4https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6JOpYbvQt1ASoundcloud:https://m.soundcloud.com/search?q=king%20cassadyFacebook:https://m.facebook.com/kingcassadyInstagram:@kingcassadyband

Tickets £7.00 (+Fee)

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Live Music Brunch: Kadialy Kouyate
Feb
3
11:00 AM11:00

Live Music Brunch: Kadialy Kouyate

Live Music Brunch: Kadialy Kouyate

Feast your ears on our live music brunch, featuring our brand new Indian breakfast menu, BOTTOMLESS masala chai and some of London's most scintillating global talent.

On the 3rd of February we are joined by KADIALY KOUYATE.

Kadialy Kouyate is a musician, a singer-songwriter inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerizing kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles.Since his arrival in the UK Kadialy has played a significant part in enriching the London musical scene with his griot legacy.

He has been teaching the Kora at the Soas university of London for the last decade and he has also been involved in countless musical projects both as a collaborator and a session musician.With his Sound Archive, Kadialy Kouyate draws on his heritage and its traditional songs to create his own mesmerizing compositions, leading his fantastic band into the West African groove.“Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyaté showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerizing instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice.” -Time Out London.

Kadialy has played: The Royal Festival Hall, The O2 Arena, Queen Elizabeth Hall, National Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, House of Parliament during the bi-centenary of the slave trade, Art Centers, Theatres and Festivals, Woodstock with Afro Celt Sound System (to an audience of 750,000), European tours, Australia, North America. Radio and TV appearances: BBC Radio 3 ‘World Routes’; Charlie Gillett’s ‘World of Music; BBC World Service (Radio and Television) amongst others
REVIEWS OF NEW ALBUM NA KITABO“....ADMIRABLE SKILL AND PRECISION.

” – SONGLINES #125 –“SUCCESSFUL PIECE OF WEST AFRICAN AFRO-POP WITH A MESSAGE.” – TROPICALIDAD.BE
“Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyaté showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerizing instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice.” -Time Out London.

Tickets £7.00 (+Fee)

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Sunday Night Jazz: The Cosimo Matassa Project
Feb
3
6:00 PM18:00

Sunday Night Jazz: The Cosimo Matassa Project

The Cosimo Matassa Project

Our first Sunday night jazz of the year with The Cosimo Matassa Project.

Transport yourself 60 years back in time and 3000 miles westwards with the sound of The Cosimo Matassa Project.

The Cosimo Matassa Project are a collective of musicians in London, UK, working to conjure up the unique rhythm ‘n’ blues flavours that emerged from New Orleans in the late 1940s and early 1950s. At the core of the band are pianist and arranger Al Dunn (Loudon Wainwright / Richard Thompson), singer and double bassist Dai Price (Dai & The Ramblers) and drummer Roy Pfeffer (The Big Smoke Family). They’re often joined by guest musicians from London’s rhythm ‘n’ blues scene, and members of our collective have played with the likes of Allen Toussaint, James Hunter and Van Morrison. Over the last couple of years the band have become a staple on the R’n’B circuit, gigging around London clubs and bars such as Nightjar in Old Street, Brasserie Zedel in Mayfair and Ronnie Scott’s in Soho.

The entire project is born out of respect for the artists who passed through Cosimo Matassa’s studios, a real love for the music and a desire to summon up the sheer joy that pervades all of Cosimo’s recordings. Playing tunes by well-known artists from that era such as Fats Domino and Big Joe Turner, the band also like to unearth lesser-known gems by the likes of Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, Dave Bartholomew and Tami Lynn, as well as throwing in a few of their original songs.

Expect stylish horn licks, soulful vocals and classic tunes that are guaranteed to get the dancefloor heaving."

Like James Hunter before him, frontman Dai Price is a man to watch." Phil Alexander (Mojo magazine)

Tickets £7 (+Fee)

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The Jukebox Picks : Joro Afrobeat
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

The Jukebox Picks : Joro Afrobeat

Joro Afrobeat

JUKEBOX PICKS: Our new regular Thursday night featuring an eclectic selection of our favourite up-and-coming world artists.

Tickets just £5!

JORO are a 10-piece high-energy afrobeat band from London who formed in early 2016. Comprised of a group of experienced musicians from different genres who share a love of afrobeat and afro-funk music. They mix the sounds of the legendary Fela Kuti with their own originals and modern afrobeat to produce music you can't help but dance to.

In August 2016 their version of the Fela Kuti classic Zombie was featured on US radio show, The Afrobeat Show with DJ Meredith.

JORO have played several shows in London in 2016, including playing at the sold-out launch party for Nelson & Friends latest album ‘Anandiangambo’ in December, and their own headline shows across the city.

Band Members:

Vocals - Fi HarveyTrumpet - Deanna WilhelmAlto Sax - Alex ShawTenor Sax - Nathan PigottBaritone Sax - Jason AlderKeys- David GyamfiGuitar - Will EarlBass - Gary HillPercussion - Dom ParrisDrums - Mike Perry

£5.00

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Awalé
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Awalé

Awalé

A truly magical and uplifting cross-cultural collaboration, bringing together Afro-latin, Funk and Soul elements with a Senegalese twist. 
Electrifying rhythmic explorations between drums and Senegalese sabar drums. The Horn section travels from Ethiojazz to Fania all stars seemlessly, while bright guitar lines interlock with catchy bass lines at the heart of the groove's fundation. A powerful combination to uplift everyone.
Awalé are back for 2018 after a year of writing and recording. They are eager to present a new musical flying object. Songs of peace and unity sung in Wollof by London based Senegalese Biram Seck.

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LIVE MUSIC BRUNCH (Fran & Flora)
Feb
9
12:00 PM12:00

LIVE MUSIC BRUNCH (Fran & Flora)

Feast your ears on our live music brunch, featuring our brand new Indian breakfast menu, BOTTOMLESS CHAI and some of London's most scintillating global talent. 

For our second weekend we are joined by FRAN & FLORA

Tickets just £5!

Described as ‘London’s best kept secret’ and ‘fiercely passionate’, (Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction), string duo Fran & Flora is one of the most innovative emerging ensembles in the UK. Their outstanding musicianship combined with compelling arrangements have led to their selection as BBC Music Introducing Artists 2018 and rave reviews. Violinist Flora Curzon and folk/experimental cellist Francesca Ter-Berg captivate their audiences with exquisite, soulful tunes from across Eastern Europe which they have learnt from many great masters of the Klezmer and Roma traditions. Delicately navigating the question of authenticity the duo have spent years developing a sound which is simultaneously reverent to the traditions they have been studying and deeply personal. Fran & Flora embarked on this musical journey together following many years collaborating with groundbreaking artists including Talvin Singh (Mercury Prize Winner), Sam Lee & Friends (BBC Folk Award winner), Hejira, Dunajska Kapelye, the London Klezmer Quartet, Cosmo Sheldrake and Frank London(Klezmatics, US).

- A string duo bound for glory' - Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

- 'Playing that has the kind of quality that you couldn’t fake ' Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

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Rum Buffalo
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Rum Buffalo

Rum Buffalo

The London Jukebox presents..

Rum Buffalo

forged from the streets of London, Rum Buffalo fuse authentic old-time swing with stomping hip-hop rhythms. Frantic and rich melodies, the most regal of renegades, this vaudevillian troop will put on a show you will never forget

With deep hip-hop rhythms coated in bass synths and infectious horns, Rum Buffalo have built an original sound through years of performing in the UK and around the world. Forged on the streets of London, the band kicked off on the city's underground scene, heavily influenced by theatrics and melody.


The band are back with their new single "Whisky On The Fire". this track is an example of Rum Buffalo's powerhouse sound and their punk blues vaudeville style. The band are now working on their debut album which is set to be released in September. Watch this space.


Genre

Swing / Surreal / Vaudeville /Experimental/hip-ho

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Mario Bakuna and Edmundo Carneiro
Feb
16
6:00 PM18:00

Mario Bakuna and Edmundo Carneiro

Mario Bakuna & Edmundo Carneiro

Where Rio meets Bahia. 

Where Bossa Nova meets Samba. 

Mario Bakuna is a London-based Brazilian composer, singer and guitar player, with over fifteen years of professional experience. 

Edmundo Carneiro is a Brazilian percussionist based in Paris for over 30 years, Edmundo Carneiro has toured over 66 countries and has worked with many accomplished international music figures.

Mario Bakuna and Edmundo Carneiro are delighted to release their new album 'Where Rio de Janeiro meets Bahia'. The album, recorded in Paris, is the culmination of the pair's anthropological exploration of Afro-Brazilian rhythms from 'Recôncavo baiano' teamed with the charm and subtlety of bossa nova. 

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RODA DE CHORO with Alvorada and friends
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

RODA DE CHORO with Alvorada and friends

RODA DE CHORO with Alvorada and friends

Alvorada and friends host a 'roda de choro'. Choro is a rich and uplifting style of instrumental music from Brazil, which emerged in the late 19th century from a mixture of European harmony with African rhythm. A 'roda de choro' is the choro equivalent of a folk 'session', an informal gathering where people gather to play and listen to choro. All choro musicians and students are welcome to participate. 

Alvorada are known as the UK's leading choro group. They explore choro influences from all over Brazil, and play a range of classics, contemporary tunes and their own original compositions. They have played extensively in London and the UK, and have just recorded their debut album, due for release in Spring 2019.

Links:
www.facebook.com/choroalvorada
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcfqmdOZKhoePwNRVO5Bh5ykJoZxC09yD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM4rSdbgNlI&list=PLcfqmdOZKhoe16MnkivWsQeooO0-8O7F1&index=5&t=0s

£7.00

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Sunday Jazz: Phoenician Blinds
Mar
10
7:00 PM19:00

Sunday Jazz: Phoenician Blinds

Phoenician Blinds

Sunday night jazz @ The London Jukebox: the perfect way to wind down the weekend.
Phoenician Blinds are a London-based, jazz-leaning instrumental quartet with blends of straight-ahead jazz, hip-hop, and cinematic soundscapes.

It's the classic jazz quartet in a slightly different light. We work in an unusually organic way both live and in the studio, even in jazz terms. The tunes are mostly written at the piano and then brought to the studio where no one is given any musical guidelines, let alone any written music. We just roll and see what happens which gives the tunes a fresh feel and a sense that everyone really is meeting at the center.'

Influenced by the likes of Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Robert Glasper, and Avishai Cohen, this is music sure to make you groove and contemplate the essence of soulful music.

Band Members

Piano, Fender Rhodes / Tom Sochas
Tenor Saxophone / Julian Knapp
Bass / Oli Cross
Drums, Percussion / Filippo Giangrande

Tickets £10.00 (+Fee)

Music: https://bit.ly/2GQR0fh


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Dele Sosimi Sextet + Mr Boogie (Soulsa/Shoreditch Radio) - NYE Party!
Dec
31
to Jan 1

Dele Sosimi Sextet + Mr Boogie (Soulsa/Shoreditch Radio) - NYE Party!

Following his knockout performance with CUBAFROBEAT at the venue in November, Dele Sosimi is bringing some afrobeat funk back to the Jukebox dancefloor. 

Dele Sosimi, former keyboardist for Fela Kuti and now legendary UK afrobeat ambassador, plays an impeccable blend of Nigerian traditional music (including hi-life), African percussion, underpinning the jazz horns and solos from other instruments, garnished with rhythmic singing.

Mr Boogie (representative of Soulsa and Shoreditch radio) will be taking over after Dele's set and, true to his name, keeping us dancing into the early hours. 

Bring your moves, your grooves and your dancing shoes - we're bringing 2019 in with a beat. 

**Live music will kick off at 9:30pm**. 

Dinner service will go ahead as usual beforehand. If you'd like the full package, please make a table booking through: reservations@thelondonjukebox.com

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Olaf Keus Trio & DJ Çaravá
Dec
29
6:00 PM18:00

Olaf Keus Trio & DJ Çaravá

Drummer Olaf Keus comes to London with a Trio lineup accompanied by Brazilian musicians:  Mario Bakuna on guitar and Matheus Nova on electric bass.

The Trio brings in its repertoire composers such as: Toninho Horta, Wayne Shorter, Tom Jobim, Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Dorival Caymmi and Luiz Eça.


Olaf Keus is a master on the djembe, Cajon and a wide range of percussion instruments aside his fame on the the drumkit. Olaf has been playing on Dutch stages alongside Mario Bakuna for a number of years. Their Jukebox show will be their first together in England. 


Dj Çaravá - Brazilian based in Paris. Founder of the ‘Tropicaliente Party’, and also a well-known character in the Parisian night scene. Connected to poetry and rhythm, he proposes a journey that goes from Elis Regina's Samba Jazz tunes with turbocharged chords, to the ‘Samba Enredo’, to the Funk that has Tim Maia and Gerson King Kong as godfather, and the grooves of Brazilian and Latin music.

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Temperance - Carbone Tango Ensemble & Mariel Martínez
Dec
21
6:00 PM18:00

Temperance - Carbone Tango Ensemble & Mariel Martínez

Mariel Martínez is one of the finest performers in the current tango scene. Her highly expressive and passionate vocals have the perfect companion in the hands of the Fabián Carbone Sextet; Carbone is a leading Argentine bandoneon player. 

Templanza is the duo's latest, gracefully elegant album, and is an impeccable example of exceptional tango craftsmanship. Mariel and Fabián recovered the original handwritten arrangements of the groundbreaking orchestra of the Golden Decade of the Argentine tango: the ensemble led by acclaimed bandoneonist and composer Anibal “Pichuco” Troilo.

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Zantogola - Gùndo Fara EP Launch
Dec
17
6:00 PM18:00

Zantogola - Gùndo Fara EP Launch

Wahever Records in association with Alex Dayo Drumming School proudly presents Gùndo Fara, the debut EP by Zantogola

Inspired by the West African heritage of popular rhythms and songs, Zantogola are at the same time masters and explorers of the plenguedey music: a fusion between elements of mandingue, highlife and afrobeat with hip hop, reggae and jazz. 

The band mixes traditional African-percussions rhythms with brass, voices, guitars, balafons and ngonis to create contemporary, reflective, joyous and highly danceable songs. 

The Zantogola project was born in 2016 with the meeting of Alex Dayo and Matteo Boyero, and has grown up into a full scale band and human adventure. Among the members of the band there are musicians like Alai Sanfo, Hien Narcisse Moustique Piqué, Robert Goldsmith, David Kemp, Nick Onley, James MacPhail, Owain Arthur, Moussa Dembele and Shreya Rai. 

Alex Dayo is a drummer/percussionist from Burkina Faso, former musician of the Kouledafourou National Ballet and leader of Wountey, the band who initiated Plenguedey music. Alex moved to London in 2008 where he set up a drumming school. 
Shreya Rai is a 25 year old singer from Nepal. She is the main female singer for Zantogola, and also performs with other bands such as Namlo and Makindu (WAHEVER 004). She is a highly creative and dedicated artist, and a composer in her own right: look up her name for future releases. 
This EP also features some special guests: violinist John Garner, Rafael Anker on EVI (electro valve instrument), Togo Clément Palé on bass, Sophia Mogapi on snare/cymbals, Marta Badia Marin on background doundoun and Dabaiyah Fidel on backing vocal. 
Zantogola means “the greatest in everyone” and it’s the name of a character in Burkina Faso’s folklore. There are many tales of his extraordinary powers. He plays his percussion louder than anybody in the country, so loud that you could hear him from all the other villages. 

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Sunday Jazz: The Cosimo Matassa Project
Dec
16
6:00 PM18:00

Sunday Jazz: The Cosimo Matassa Project

The Cosimo Matassa Project

Cosimo Matassa (1926 - 2014) started J&M Recording Studio in 1945 in the back room of his parents' shop at the junction of Rampart Street and Dumaine in New Orleans. His studios would see legends of R&B pass through their doors such as Little Richard, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Big Joe Turner.

In 2015, a group of musicians in London with a common love for early New Orleans R&B got together to pay homage to Cosimo Matassa and the music that came out of his studios. They thought it would be a lot of fun to transcribe some of the original arrangements from the era, then record the tracks using methods as close to Cosimo Matassa's working practices as they could manage.

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King Cassady
Dec
15
6:00 PM18:00

King Cassady

King Cassady, a rag tag band of Jazz Gypsies, are an up-and-coming, bartab-running, come-rain-or-come-sunning trio of buskers, bringing you their own blend of furious flamenco, jumping’ gypsy jazz and bopping’ beats.

Having cut their teeth on the streets of Camden, King Cassady capture what gets toes tapping and hips shaking. Now carving their way through London’s live circuit, this fiesta of foot stomping will kick off your Saturday night in style. Whether it's mixing clubhouse classics with fervent Flamenco or jiving Gypsy jazz with thumpin' beats, their high octane Flamenco rhythms and pounding percussion will have you dancing like a maenad and drinking like Dionysus! Opa!

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Boubacar Traoré
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Boubacar Traoré

Boubacar Traoré

Boubacar Traoré carries within him all the beauty of African blues. Only the voice of “Kar Kar” (a footballing nickname meaning “The Dribbler” given him by his friends, who also love the beautiful game) can blend Niger and Mississippi river alluvia with such moving authenticity. His unique, inimitable, self-taught guitar technique owes a great deal to his kora influences, but its shades and phrasing also suggest the great black bluesmen of the deep South: Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and others.

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Mojo Hand
Dec
9
6:00 PM18:00

Mojo Hand

Mojo Hand

A fiery musical troupe stomping out Country Blues from the Deep South on the cobbled streets of London.

Graham plays National Resophonic Guitar influenced by old Delta Blues players and Rebekah holds down the groove on Double Bass. Accompanied by swinging beats and a blaring horn section, this bold and bluesy six-piece breathe new life into old tunes.

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 Ajimal & Laura James (with Austel)
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Ajimal & Laura James (with Austel)

Two songwriters who present a distinguished, unique authenticity and warmth in their performances. Having both developed their expertise through years of touring, this show forms part of a joint UK tour. Expect to hear heartfelt, sensitive, and gentle yet powerful songs with elements of folk and pop music clear throughout. 

“Touches of Bon Iver and Jeff Buckley ring true, however AJIMAL sculpts an illimitable soundscape that is entirely his own.” (Crack in the Road).

“ Laura James has been long thought of as one of Cumbria's finest musical talents… She's turning heads and ears in the capital just as she always has done.” (Cumbria Today).

Support comes from Austel.

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Alvorada
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Alvorada

Alvorada

Celebrating 100 Years of Jacob do Bandolim (featuring Marco Ruviaro)

Alvorada are the UK’s leading performers of Choro, a rich and uplifting style of instrumental music from Brazil. Choro emerged in the late 19th century as a mixture of European harmony with African rhythm, and can be considered the jazz of Brazil. 

For a special evening at London Jukebox, Alvorada will be inviting Marco Ruviaro to the stage to commemorate the centenary of Jacob do Bandolim, one of the most important composers of Choro. Jacob do Bandolim revitalised the genre in the 1960s, adding the rhythmic drive of samba and spiced-up harmony of jazz.

London-based band Alvorada explore influences from all over Brazil, playing choro with the irresistible swing of samba from the South and baião from the Northeast.

As well as playing classics from the Choro genre, Alvorada play original works revisiting the genre with influences from the UK. Alvorada have just finished recording their debut album, which will be released in Spring 2019. 

Marco Ruviaro is a mandolin player, guitarist and composer based in Italy. He has several Choro projects in different countries: Duo Baguá (Spain), New York Choro Duo (United States), Regional de Paris (France), Circolo Odeòn, Trio Desvairada and Choro de Rua (Italy). In 2014 Marco released his sixth album, “Acabou osossego...“, exclusively dedicated to his own compositions. Guest of many international Choro festivals and events, Marco Ruviaro is considered a virtuoso exponent of the genre. www.marcoruviaro.com

Marco will be joining Alvorada in their second set in the true spirit of the ‘Roda’, a Choro jam session traditionally performed around the table. 

Rachel Hayter - flute

Andrew Woolf - clarinet

Alua Nascimento - pandeiro

Jeremy Shaverin - cavaquinho

Luiz Morais - 7 string guitar &

Marco Ruviaro - mandolin

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Noga Ritter Quintet
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Noga Ritter Quintet

Noga Ritter Quintet

Originally from Israel, Noga Ritter is a singer-songwriter and workshop leader. Singing in Hebrew and English, Noga Ritter‘s music melds Afro grooves and jazz together with her new full 9 piece band, bringing together a wealth of London’s finest musicians. Her sincere and forceful lyrics depict a vast range of subjects and themes from personal experiences to political messages.

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King Cassady duo
Nov
25
12:00 AM00:00

King Cassady duo

King Cassady, a rag tag band of Jazz Gypsies, are an up-and-coming, bartab-running, come-rain-or-come-sunning trio of buskers, bringing you their own blend of furious flamenco, jumping’ gypsy jazz and bopping’ beats.

Having cut their teeth on the streets of Camden, King Cassady capture what gets toes tapping and hips shaking. Now carving their way through London’s live circuit, this fiesta of foot stomping will kick off your Saturday night in style. Whether it's mixing clubhouse classics with fervent Flamenco or jiving Gypsy jazz with thumpin' beats, their high octane Flamenco rhythms and pounding percussion will have you dancing like a maenad and drinking like Dionysus! Opa!


Instagram:
@kingcassadyband

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Don Kipper
Nov
24
12:00 AM00:00

Don Kipper

Don Kipper are a multi award-winning ensemble playing a wide range of traditional musical forms reflecting the cultural diversity of North East London, from Turkish and Greek Folk Musics to Romani music and Klezmer. While they attempt to root ourselves deeply in the traditions that surround them, they also like to bring these musical cultures together in innovative, exciting, and unusual ways that mirror London’s vibrant, cosmopolitan energy. 

"Together we'll make your brain think and your feet dance!”

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Cancelled- Tamikrest
Nov
17
12:00 AM00:00

Cancelled- Tamikrest

Tamikrest

Tamikrest means ‘crossing’ in the language of the Kel Tamashek, a traditionally nomadic Saharan people that are commonly referred to as the Tuareg. It is an apt name for a band that so successfully merges the values of their timeless culture with the sounds and visions they have encountered on a headlong journey to the concert stages and ipods of the world.

Echoes of dub, blues, psychedelia, funk and even art-rock are seamlessly weaved into Tamikrest’s increasingly individual take on the Tuareg musical tradition. Since the band has emerged onto the international scene in 2006 with their debut album ‘Adagh‘, they have been in constant motion, moving between the Sahara and Europe as though these places were next-door neighbours.

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Merope
Nov
15
to Nov 16

Merope

Merope

Merope plays minimalistic traditional Lithuanian melodies embraced by their own compositions, textures of sound, subtle harmonies and polyrhythm, improvisations melted with electronic soundscapes. Merope is inspired by nature and dreams, their songs are telling stories about the connection between humans and nature. Their first album "9 Days" (2012) was created solely with solar power and recorded in the open lands of southern Spain. With the second album ' Amaranthine' (2015) Merope dedicate the poetic textures and the sound of their inner journeys to the waters of the world. Their third album 'Naktės' (Nights) presents a world full of wonder, inspired by the precious mood of the night. 

Merope's atmosphere gives life to a new ritual music of our modern time.

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CUBAFROBEAT- LoKkhi TeRra meets Dele Sosimi
Nov
9
to Nov 10

CUBAFROBEAT- LoKkhi TeRra meets Dele Sosimi

LoKkhi TeRra + Dele Sosimi

Funkiwala Records presents the third in the series of “Lokkhi Terra meets”albums, with the London fusionistas creating another unique sound- clash, this time with ex-Fela Kuti keyboardist and legendary UK Afro-beat ambassador Dele Sosimi, and members of his critically acclaimed Afro-beat Orchestra.

This particular collaboration has been bubbling away for a few years now, teasing audience expectations with a handful of sold out shows each year in between both bands busy schedules

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Rafiki Jazz & Venue Launch
Oct
21
to Oct 22

Rafiki Jazz & Venue Launch

Rafiki Jazz

Rafiki Jazz are a nine piece band who blend native and migrant folk roots music and tell modern day stories while respecting their ancestors. Celebrating unity in diversity with their latest CD release, 'Har Dam Sahara' (Riverboat Records), Rafikian music is "a love-letter to this intricate world in all its beauty and complexity”. It features the compelling vocal quartet of Sufi Sarah Yaseen, Hebrew-Hindi singer-songwriter Avital Raz, Egyptian Coptic master-musician Mina Salama and Senegalese griot Kadialy Kouyate at its heart.

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Manu Dibango *Postponed*
Oct
21
12:00 AM00:00

Manu Dibango *Postponed*

Manu Dibango

60 years of music, 60 records released and a planetary hit covered by over 23 artists… These numbers merely hint at how massive Manu Dibango’s career was and continues to be. At the age of 80, the Cameroonian flame still shines bright. He who was coined the inventor of Disco tours and records extensively to the delight of both the young and the nostalgics.

Dibango came under the spotlight in 1972 when he released “Soul Makossa”. The song that was born an unheralded B-side went around the world in a blink, taking Manu for the ride of his life. Covered by Michael Jackson on “Thriller” (140 million copies sold) and Rihana in “Please don’t stop the music”, “Soul Makossa” is a tune each of us has danced to at least once.

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Vieux Farka Touré
Oct
20
12:00 AM00:00

Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré

Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father dissaproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed. Vieux was initially a drummer / calabash player at Mali’s Institut National des Arts, but secretly began playing guitar in 2001. Ali Farka Touré was weakened with cancer when Vieux announced that he was going to record an album. Ali recorded a couple of tracks with him, and these recordings, which can be heard on Vieux’s debut CD, were amongst his final ones. It has been said that the senior Touré played rough mixes of these songs when people visited him in his final days, at peace with, and proud of, his son’s talent as a musician.

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SHOW POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (Gnawa Night: Maalem Hamid El Kasri & Friends)
Jul
26
12:00 AM00:00

SHOW POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (Gnawa Night: Maalem Hamid El Kasri & Friends)

Maalem Hamid El Kasri

Show supported by www.muchmorocco.com

Maalem Hamid El Kasri is a Gnaoua Master from Morocco. He is the champion of Gnaoua Culture, praised for rejuvenating the genre while keeping its authenticity alive.
He is to the Guembri what Jimmy Page is to the Guitar.

Born in 1961 in Ksar El Kebir, Hamid El Kasri is not a Son of Maalem (Master) himself but he grew up in the middle of the Gnaoua Culture. He was looking up at his grandmother’s husband who was an ancient slave from Soudanese origins, and who taught him a lot about the magical instrument which only Maalems (Masters) are allowed to touch, the Guembri.

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Novalima
Jul
20
12:00 AM00:00

Novalima

Novalima

For the 15th Anniversary Tour, Novalima has prepared a highly energetic live show event that takes the audience on a journey thru all albums from Afro to Planetario. The tunes have been re-arranged from the original studio versions, to keep their audience’s attention from beginning to end by gradually ascending it ́s intensity to take the crowd along their hypnotic journey thru time and history, non-stop dancing

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Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
Jun
18
12:00 AM00:00

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is one of the world’s greatest internationally acclaimed flautist from India and the greatest living master of the north Indian bamboo flute (bansuri), acclaimed both at home and abroad.

Pandit Chaurasia has been performing nationally and internationally winning acclaim from varied audiences and from fellow musicians like Yehudi Menuhin, Jean-Pierre Rampal, among others. Pandit Chaurasia tours regularly in the US and Europe and is a featured artiste in almost all major music festivals around the globe. 
 

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Roberto Fonseca (2nd night)
May
24
12:00 AM00:00

Roberto Fonseca (2nd night)

Roberto Fonseca

“Roberto Fonseca is one of the world’s great pianists and one of the finest of Cuba’s new generation of musicians ” ****Evening Standard

The dazzling musician The New York Times called “a charismatic spark plug of a pianist from Cuba” made his debut at the Havana International Jazz Festival in 1990 when he was 15.

Ten years and several solo albums later, the rousing young jazz pianist joined the internationally acclaimed orchestra of charismatic sonero Ibrahim Ferrer, touring the world and recording and producing his late release “Mi sueño. A bolero Songbook“. Fonseca also played with Buena Vista Social Club™ and recorded and toured with another of its solo stars Omara Portuondo.

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Roberto Fonseca (1st night)
May
23
12:00 AM00:00

Roberto Fonseca (1st night)

Roberto Fonseca

“Roberto Fonseca is one of the world’s great pianists and one of the finest of Cuba’s new generation of musicians ” ****Evening Standard

The dazzling musician The New York Times called “a charismatic spark plug of a pianist from Cuba” made his debut at the Havana International Jazz Festival in 1990 when he was 15.

Ten years and several solo albums later, the rousing young jazz pianist joined the internationally acclaimed orchestra of charismatic sonero Ibrahim Ferrer, touring the world and recording and producing his late release “Mi sueño. A bolero Songbook“. Fonseca also played with Buena Vista Social Club™ and recorded and toured with another of its solo stars Omara Portuondo.

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Susana Baca
May
20
12:00 AM00:00

Susana Baca

Susana Baca

Twice winner of the coveted Latin American Grammy Award, for the Best Folk Album for Lamento Negro in 2002 and again for her participation in the Latin-American super group Los Super Seven which included Mexican stars from Los Lobos and the Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso, Susana Baca is the singer who has introduced Afro-Peruvian music to the world.

The musical legacy of the Africans who created communities along the Peruvian coast is her passion. Her whole life has been dedicated to celebrating her African heritage keeping the irresistible rhythms of her ancestors alive.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo (2nd night)
May
18
12:00 AM00:00

Ladysmith Black Mambazo (2nd night)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo are one of the world’s greatest and most distinctive groups. For over fifty years the legendary a cappella male choir have invoked the soul of South Africa with their intricate rhythms and harmonies and powerful, uplifting songs.

They shot to global stardom after featuring on Paul Simon’s Graceland album, and have been touring the world ever since. Their Grammy-nominated 2016 album Walking in the Footsteps of our Fathers honours their past as well as their future with joy, pride and passion radiating from every bar.
 

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo (1st night)
May
14
12:00 AM00:00

Ladysmith Black Mambazo (1st night)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo are one of the world’s greatest and most distinctive groups. For over fifty years the legendary a cappella male choir have invoked the soul of South Africa with their intricate rhythms and harmonies and powerful, uplifting songs.

They shot to global stardom after featuring on Paul Simon’s Graceland album, and have been touring the world ever since. Their Grammy-nominated 2016 album Walking in the Footsteps of our Fathers honours their past as well as their future with joy, pride and passion radiating from every bar.
 

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Kanda Bongo Man - Live in London
Mar
15
to Mar 16

Kanda Bongo Man - Live in London

Featuring the man who gave the world the infectious Kwasa Kwasa dance; Kanda Bongo Man is one of the biggest stars in world music and one of the leading exponents of African soukous music.
Championed by John Peel and Andy Kershaw in the late 80s, Kanda played a key role in introducing African and world music to the mainstream. Now with a huge and loyal fan base, his music still
receives regular airplay on stations including BBC Radio 3 and Radio 6 Music.

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