Africa in the Lounge is back for a new series of free live streamed concerts drawing on musical traditions from across Africa and the diaspora.
Series five features Electric Jalaba who fuse traditional North African gnawa with contemporary electronica; creative force of nature K.O.G. known for his euphoric afro-fusion sound; and virtuosic Senegalese singer, songwriter and kora player Diabel Cissokho with his band.
The concerts are presented by African Night Fever and Yaram Arts in partnership with B:Music; Brewery Arts, Kendal; Brighton Dome; Bristol Beacon; and Usher Hall, Edinburgh, and supported by Arts Council England.
African Night Fever has been bringing the best musicians from Africa and the African dias- pora to audiences in Brighton and beyond for over 15 years. Yaram Arts is the UK’s leading music development agency specialising in African artists. Now with 20 concerts in the se- ries, Africa in the Lounge has attracted thousands of viewers from the UK and around the world.
Ebou Touray, of African Night Fever, said “We’re delighted to present another series of Africa in the Lounge, live streams of the highest quality, with top calibre artists, beamed from Brighton to audiences all over the UK and beyond.”
Livestreams can be streamed from Brewery Arts’ YouTube channel and Facebook page, in addition to facebook.com/africannightfever, or African Night Fever’s YouTube channel.
Electric Jalaba (livestream)
Electric Jalaba is a band who takes hypnotic North African gnawa music to a new dimension. Signed to the legendary Afro-jazz label Strut Records, their sound is a psychedelic meeting of tradition and ritual with contemporary electronica.
Centred around Moroccan gnawa master Simo Lagnawi, Electric Jalaba comprises six accomplished musicians with a telepathic empathy. In Arabic, they call this quality ‘el hal’ or ‘the feeling’. “It’s the feeling that comes when we’re playing and totally forgetting where we are,” says producer and bassist Olly Keen. “The feeling of being grabbed by the music and lost in the groove.”
Africa in the Lounge:
Fri 10 December 2021, 8pm – 9pm
Kweku Sackey aka K.O.G (Kweku of Ghana) is a multi-dimensional creative force – a singer, rapper, percussionist, arranger and bandleader.
His euphoric afro-fusion sound, shamanistic live performances and fierce patois rap style has seen him join the likes of Thundercat, Femi Kuti and Fatman Scoop on stage.
Now based in Sheffield, Sackey leads the hi-life / hip-hop / funk collective K.O.G. & The Zongo Brigade. He also fronts Onipa, the afro-futurist project led by Tom Excell from Nubiyan Twist, a band with whom he has collaborated extensively, including on their 2021 hit, If I Know.
Africa in the Lounge:
Diabel Cissohko Band (livestream)
Fri 17 December 2021, 8pm – 9pm
Coming from a great line of Cissokho griots, Senegalese singer, songwriter and kora player Diabel Cissokho has spent his career exploring the blues roots of his griot traditions.
With an exceptional musical pedigree and a virtuosic talent, he has toured internationally as Baaba Maal’s longtime kora player, and performed alongside world class musicians Yous- sou N’Dour, Pee Wee Ellis, Paul McCartney many more.
Now Cissokho’s mission is to bring his unique Afro Mandingue Blues style and transcen- dent Mandinkan melodies to the world, and be an ambassador for a new generation of Senegalese music.