Now in its 10th year, the London African Music Festival is always as diverse and rich a line up as should be reflected by the continent. Taking place at venues across the capital, this performance at Hackney Attic on 19th September presents a rare opportunity to hear a Zimbabwean dance band perform in Europe.
The four strong band is led by Kuda Matimba, once a member of the Bhundu Boys – a group famed for paving the way for African groups breaking Europe – and a talent on the South African Marimba. Renowned as a charismatic and energetic performer, the trance-enducing beats are a mix of traditional and modern styles, guaranteed to get even the most reserved of wall-flowers throwing some shapes. Intrinsic to their performances is the sense of social awareness, today and tomorrow, respect, and compassion… so prepare for some loving vibes and an heartfelt show.
It won’t be Harare’s first time in London. Previous appearances include similar large-scale festivals from the Lord Mayor’s show. London Sanctuary festival and Rise Festival amongst many others. Playing alongside Harare on the night are the London Zulu, a group once fronted by South African Doreen Thobekile. It is now her daughter who takes the reigns, and performs their songs with the help of Transglobal undergound and some West London Funk.
The London African Music Festival has a host of events both at the Attic and beyond, including performances by Casbah Blues combining a fusion of Arabic, African Blues and reggae. There is also a performance at the Attic from the comedic duo the FOKN Bois from Ghana and a fierce line-up at the Vortex Jazz Bar in Dalston. (words: Laura Thornley)
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African Utopia also returns to the Southbank Centre from 11-14th September. For more info, visit: www.southbankcentre.co.uk