September 23, 2013
BASSEKOU KOUYATE is a virtuoso picker, musical visionary and Africa’s greatest instrumentalist whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music. Bassekou’s instrument, the ngoni, is an ancient traditional “spike lute” and an ancestor of the banjo, sharing its taut-skinned drum body, percussive attack, and varied picking techniques. Since 2005, Bassekou has led Ngoni Ba, the first-ever group built around not one but four ngoni‘s. Just a few months ago, he appeared on stage together with Sir Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones, Damon Albarn and many others at the latest Africa Express events. Bassekou Kouyate is celebrating the release of his album, Jama Ko.
THE JAKE LEG STOMPERS evoke the rebellious spirit and colorful pageantry of American popular music before the Second World War, from the Memphis blues to the Virginia Reel; when jazz began, vaudeville was urgent, and folk music was still dangerous. From their world headquarters in Bucksnort, Tennessee, the band serve up tangy tastes of chicken-fried, pre-war, hokum-billy jug music to gourmet audiences everywhere. The band’s latest release is ‘Up to No Good’.
Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, two true stalwarts of classy English pop, have reunited after three decades under the moniker of their former outfit, The Zombies. Their reunion features a hot band, new material, and a stage repertoire that draws heavily upon their much-cherished catalogue of Zombies and solo hits.
Et Tu Bruce: West London meets the West Coast with this rock/pop quartet.
Stripped down and organic country and western duo based out of Minnesota.
The result, in the case of the Nat Osborn Band, is a surprisingly cohesive, original and unique ensemble breaking throughout the boundaries of genre. On the verge of the release of their full-length debut album, The King and The Clown, the band is quickly attracting followers to it’s horn driven, repertoire that feature and support Osborn’s soulful vocal style.
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