EMMANUEL JAL & NYARUACH + OTTO & THE MUTAPA CALLING + BAMAKO OVERGROUND + AAA BADBOY + COUNT BASSY

Friday 15 February 2019

Price: FREE b4 10pm, £5 after
Time: 9pm - 3am
ID: Entry only with valid ID

Continental Drifts x Global Beats Club presents EMMANUEL JAL & NYARUACH
“South Sudan is still suffering from years of war and oppression, we feel it is our cultural responsibility to bring out the music and voices from our country. As siblings we were forced apart in our childhood through extreme circumstances, so we are excited to be united on this project to bring the sounds of our village to the mainstream.”

Emmanuel Jal: Juno nominated Musician, Actor, and Campaigner releases his 6th studio album ‘NAATH’; a stunning joint collaboration with his hugely talented sister, Nyaruach.

NAATH is a vivacious, Afrobeat infused album with Emmanuel and Nyaruach drawing strongly on the unique sounds of their country; interweaving traditional folklore and love songs – alongside infectious dance tunes. NAATH is the ancient word for the land and language surrounding the glorious Kingdom of Kush. Carefully choosing this theme – Jal and Nyaruach’s music is often at odds with the image of war and poverty that has blighted South Sudan. Instead, both artists choose to reflect upon the resilience and rich culture of their identity through their vibrant tones and messaging.
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OTTO & THE MUTAPA CALLING, a lively London based marimba band playing energetic, joyful music from Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe, including folk songs, original songs and popular southern African covers. The band’s set-up includes soprano, tenor and baritone marimbas, mbira, hosho, drumming and singing, with both traditional and contemporary dances. The marimba band’s sound is full of energy and pulsating rhythms – and their music shares the rich cultures, histories and stories of the people of southern Africa.

Otto & The Mutapa Calling is a unique and colourful experience and is the only active professional marimba band of its kind in all of Europe.
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BAMAKO OVERGROUND, Born in the inspired mind of London’s own Malian rhythm buff Hans Sutton, Bamako Overground have been busy forging a new sound. The trio are irresistibly seduced by the music of West Africa, blending its influences overtly and covertly with their own carefully-selected flavours to settle into mystical dance grooves and desert blues.

Hans plays his distinctive hybrid drum kit which has previously brought Mandé styles to artists such as Nick Mulvey and Cocos Lovers, while at his flanks are the sparkling guitar of Yaaba Funk co-founder Tobias Sturmer and the hypnotic, heavy bass of folk maestro and Woodburner impresario Theo Bard.

Deep and soulful rhythms meet soaring melodies, while smooth three-part vocal harmonies spin allegories in Bamanakan and English to complete a brew that’s compelling and utterly unique.
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AAA BADBOY
Kaptin Barrett is a DJ, radio presenter and also head of music for Boomtown Fair, the UK’s fastest growing and most ground breaking festival. His latest alias (pron. Triple A Badboy) is a nod to his long term involvement with festivals, dating back to the days of manning the Glastonbury gates as a 5 year old (with his Dad’s supervision of course).

The term is used by festival crews for an Access All Areas pass but Kaptin also wanted a project that allowed him to explore across his wide ranging musical tastes, so don’t expect the same mix twice.

Under many other pseudonyms and projects, Kaptin plays regularly at most major alternative UK festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival, WOMAD, Secret Garden Party, Green Man, Festival Number 6 and of course BoomTown. He has also recorded mixes for various radio stations including BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1Xtra.
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DJ COUNT BASSY, From Latin to Afro via Reggae, Hip-Hop, Drum’n’Bass and beyond, Count Bassy is never short of beats to make you move your feet! Shaking dancefloors from Glastonbury to Fusion festival and in clubs across London and Europe, his sets are all about good vibes and big tunes, with a healthy dose of bass of course.

Perhaps one of the festival’s unsung heroes, Count Bassy is likely better known behind the scenes than in front. He manages around 25 festival stages each summer at some of the UK’s top festivals (Glastonbury, Shambala, Boomtown, Lovebox…), programmes hundreds of live acts and all-round promotes events throughout the year as a key part of top music event production squad Continental Drifts! Unsurprisingly he is also a fantastic DJ and, with his Drifts colleagues, has recently started regular Global Beats Club nights in London. He also runs the national portfolio organisation Global Local supported by Arts Council England, championing culturally diversity with emerging bands from the UK World and Global music scene.

FREE HOOTS COMEDY: JEFF INNOCENT + STEVE N ALLEN

8.30pm - 10pm
JEFF INNOCENT, popular and experienced stand up comedian, actor, writer and cultural commentator... As a stand up he has reached near legendary status among his peers and audience alike by staying at the top of his game for over 15 years. Supported tonight by BBC's STEVE N ALLEN