London African Music Festival Gigs

07Sept
2019

Tony Dudu

Tony Dudu was born in Bambadinca, Guinea Bissau, West-Africa. When he was nine years old he built his first guitar from an olive oil tin, a broom handle and two nylon strings.

At the age of fourteen he was invited to play with the famous group "Africa Livre", where he met Manecas Costa and "Justino Delgado". It was during this time that Tony began to receive recognition for his virtuosic and melodic guitar playing.

In 1988, in search of new horizons, Tony moved to Portugal where he was asked to join the group "Os Issabary" from Guinea Bissau. He also made a name for himself as an in demand session In addition to appearing on over 100 records with different artists from diverse parts of Africa like: Guinea Bissau, Angola, Mozambique, Sao Tome, Cape Verde and Brazil. He was lead guitar for Valdemar Bastos, Manecas Costa, Justino Delgado, Eneida Marta, Tabanka Djazz, Don Kikas, Bonga, Juca and many more. Tony Dudu took part in many festivals around the globe.

In 2007 he moved to the UK with the hope to make new connections and he joined the Matimba's Band, from Zimbabwe, Moses Conde from Guinea Conakry, Africa Bauantu, Ghana, and Kamba Semba, Angola, among others. It was in 2009 that Tony formed a brand new project named "Gumbe Jazz". A fusion between African rhythms, latin grooves, South African rhythms and jazz.

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21Sep
2019

Modou Ndiaye

Modou Ndiaye aka Mamadou Cissokho is a virtuoso kora player and vocalist from Senegal. Performing with his West African kora-based group, he blends together an irresistible mix of beautiful harmonies with the gentle yet lively tones of the kora, calabash, djembe and a variety of African percussion instruments, uniting traditional and modern sounds that will leave you invigorated and inspired!

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28Sep
2019

KEL ASSOUF

ANANA HAROUNA, guitar/vocals

SOFYANN BEN YOUSSEF, organ and the Moog SUB 37

OLIVIER PENU, drums

Born in Niger, he trained in Libya during the Tuareg uprising in the early 90s, Anana Harouna's trio, KEL ASSOUF means both "nostalgia" and "son of eternity" in Tamashek, the language of the Sahara nomads.

African trance rhythms melt into the energy of vintage rock which move to a dancefloor somewhere between London and Niamey - a powerful groove machine.

If Tinariwen and Tamikrest are the masters of Tuareg desert blues-rock, then Kel Assouf show how the music of the Sahara sounds once it has migrated to Europe and fused with other influences.

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