The London Astrobeat Orchestra have ignited a movement where cult western band repertoires are blended with African influences, making quite an impact in the process.
was formed in 2009 by internationally acclaimed Jamaican-born drummer Sam Kelly – a highly respected musician across many styles of music,
AKA Trio is the result of 12 years of friendship between three world-renowned virtuosos: Italian guitarist, Antonio Forcione; Senegalese kora player; Seckou Keita; and Brazilian percussionist, Adriano Adewale. “Three musicians who were meant and destined to play together” as suggested by Songlines.
With electronic loops, distorted by an overpowered PA and the growling voice of Makara, their new EP has a more percussive and electronic style reflecting the atmosphere of Kinshasa at night. With regular blackouts, the Congolese capital is often in darkness, yet the streets are crowded with people against a backdrop of smoke and the blasting sound systems powered by generators.
Habib Koité is one of West Africa’s most beloved musicians, and arguably Mali’s greatest guitarist. He has performed more than 1500 concerts around the world in a career spanning four decades, and international recognition. His enduring fascination with Mali’s rich musical traditions and instrumentation has been central to his continued success.