The 11th London African Music Festival starts this weekend
Spread over ten days, and across 14 different venues in the capital, this celebration of African music includes performances by Osibisa, Sister Fa, Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics, and a special live film scoring with DAT and Atongo Zimba.
On the opening weekend, you can see Osibisa (above) in a two-day residency at the Hideaway as they celebrate 40 years since their soundtrack to the film Superfly TNT.
The London-based Family Atlantica will be performing at the Brixton Oval, combining influences from Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Also this weekend, Nigerian Saxophonist Orlando Julius will be performing on Saturday at Rich Mix with The Heliocentrics, playing exclusive tracks from his forthcoming album.
Several artists shall be making their London debut appearances over the festival, including Sister Fa, the Senegalese hip-hop pioneer, who’ll be appearing with her full live band on September 20 at the Flyover in Portobello. Other debuts include Jaqee at Cargo on September 18, Hanisha Solomon at the Vortex Jazz Club on September 22, and Congolese singer Fredy Massamba, who has just released Ethnophony.
On Sunday at the Hackney Picturehouse, the specially curated Filmphonics night will see live scoring of an African film by the London-based musicians Davide De Rose (percussion/drums) and fusion guitarist Nathaniel Keen (aka DAT), and Atongo Zimba, the North Ghanian koliko player. You can get tickets here.
For full details of all the concerts and shows at the London African Music Festival, head to the Joyful Noise website.