A few weeks ago, I attended the Hugh Masekela concert in National Concert Hall organised by the Waltons World Masters.
I saw few papers around from this music organisation before that day. The papers detailed the artist biography with an offer to sign up for their newsletter. I subscribed and became the lucky winner of two tickets to watch this jazz concert!
Originally, I didn’t know much about Hugh Masekela and his South African band even though they are a well-known in the jazz world. Consequently, I had no particular expectations from them. However, I must say now: it was one the best concerts I have been attended!
Hugh Masekela, although already 75 years of age at that time, displayed incredible energy and musical talent throughout the whole show. He was a very witty, bright and young at heart artist.
His band and himself continued playing about 3-4 extra songs after the due ending time of the concert.
I also discovered the‘Tig Linn’ support band, an afrobeat and afro-jazz Irish-Nigerian band from Dublin. Worth watching, too! They play a fusion of Nigerian and traditional Irish music.
Tig Linn is still going strong. They are still regularly playing live. To keep up-to-date of their next concert, follow them on Facebook. If you would like to book them for a concert, get in touch with them on their website.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY AND SUPPORT BAND INFORMATION
Click on the pictures to read more easily the brochures’ information:
LIVE CONCERT RECORDING
This video is from the repeat songs at the end:
Keep in mind that you will no longer be able to go to his concerts. Indeed, Hugh Masekela died on 23rd January 2018 at the age of 78. Repose in peace.
If you enjoy his music, you may want to buy it on Amazon.
First of all, Canada’s hardest-working combo, Souljazz Orchestra band, perfects their signature through a percussive explosion of:
and Caribbean rhythms.
unleashed blaring majestic horns
dusty vintage keyboards
and heavy percussion sounds.
Furthermore, the multicultural collective surfaces with a hard-hitting new record in 2015, ‘Resistance’. This album resumes its link-up with UK-based Strut Records.
The composer Pierre Chrétien explains that they approached this album with a fresh ear. He says as well that: “We were keen to build on the band’s sound and message. So, I brought in some of the French Caribbean and Francophone West African influences that I’ve loved since my youth.”
Consequently, the new album adds fresh dancefloor-oriented elements of:
The resulting album is a defiant celebration of social justice and human empowerment.
On the other hand, their first three released albums:
Freedom No Go Die (2006, featuring the single ‘Mista President’)
Rising Sun (2010)
were nominated for Juno Awards.
SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA BAND TOURING
Last but not least, the Ottawa-based sextet brings its dynamite show across the globe.
They share bills along the way with heavyweights such as:
and Femi Kuti.
LIVE CONCERT RECORDINGS
Finally, I attended one of their live performance at the Sugar Club on Saturday 12th July 2014.
Now, want to listen to them? You are lucky, I have recorded them.
So, I hope you will enjoy these videos and mixed tape below:
Manden Express is a thrillingly explosive Dublin-based international band. It fuses traditional and contemporary styles of West African music from the Mande Empire (Mali), alongside infectious Afrobeat rhythms.
THEIR MUSIC STYLES
Manden Express is inspired by Wassalou (Oumou Sangare) styles and the explosion of new musical influences that merged with African music in the 1960′s.
with electric bass and guitar to produce stomping grooves and hypnotic time patterns.
The band went through a singer change. Indeed, Emma who used to be the band lead singer is now leading her own neo-soul band called ‘Fehdah‘.
Today, I will introduce you to the Kwaito music industry through a very good documentary filmed by Eric Sell a.k.a EES (also: eesy-ees/EeS/EeS, “Easy Eric Sell”) a Namibian GermanKwaito artist and rapper. He travels between South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Germany to demonstrate the music evolution and its exportation. Any of his German explanations will be subtitled in English, but most part of this reportage is in English. Now, enough talking from me, check out the youtube film below:
Since you know now more about what Kwaito music is, you may want to see how the Kwaito dance looks like and try out few basic steps. The two first video below will showcase a TV dance show and a dance performance and the last one is a dance tutorial from EES (Eric Sell). What are your thoughts in this music and dance style? Do you think it has potential to become a worldwide phenomenon?
To listen to and watch Kwaito music mix and dance, check out this link full of videos:
Jean Pierre Nimbona a.k.a Kidum is the 2012 Kora Winner “African Grammy Award” but is also considered as an East African Music Icon, Peace Ambassador, Burundian Master Drummer, and Songwriter. For a bit more details on his biography, please have a read at the following articles: