January Rootmasters @ Hootananny
We’re keeping you moving through January with another line-up of free, strictly international Sunday sounds – every Sunday from 8pm at Hootananny!
A hard-hitting Italian afro-funk fusion collective, grown from a percussion and horns ensemble into a searing 10-piece, blending afrobeat, polyrhythms and jazz. This is their first UK outing following the release this month of their self-titled debut, after several years of touring Italy.
Headed up by band leader Simo, a talented and versatile musician who also plays with the excellent Electric Jalaba and Gnawa Griot. Along with all star guest musicians, Gnawa Blues Allstars sees him fusing the traditional sounds of Gnawa with music from countries such as Gambia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, India, Japan, Venezuela and the Caribbean. His Solo Debut Album ‘Gnawa London’ released on Waulk records was featured in Songlines magazine as one of their ‘Top of the World Albums’ .
Beginning his music career in 2000 while working as a performing artist in a singing & dancing company of “Casa de Cultura” of Beira, Nelson is the founder of the well-known band in Mozambique called Djaaka who have toured in various countries in Europe & Africa. This led him and the band to record their first album “Mbole Mbole Nha Ngona”. In 2004, Nelson moved to the United Kingdom and delivered numerous workshops in schools, community centres, and detention houses. Having played festivals such Womad Festival, Africa Oye and Glastonbury Festival as well as a raft of venues up and down the country, Nelson has firmly established his reputation here.
Nogabe Randriaharimalala’s guitar picking and amazing voice combined with the deep sound of the Calabash and Gome played by Afla Shakey, which combines with the magic of Mehdi Ganjvar’s fingers on the Darbuka and Bongos to make this trio totally unique and thoroughly enjoyable. They are now working on the 5th Album “Miraisahina” which translates as Unity.