LIFEM 2014, October 29-November 1

Posted on September 18th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


The London International Festival of Exploratory Music (LIFEM) returns to Kings Place with performances from Carmen Souza, Amira Kheir amd Amadou Diagne

This year LIFEM will be directing its attention towards the music of Africa and South America. Last year’s Finnish celebration brought the sounds of Värttinä, Tsuumi Sound System and Jimi Tenor to the capital, but now the heat has been turned up for a musical journey further south.

For detailed ticket information, you can visit the Kings Place website here, and to keep up to date with all things LIFEM, you can follow them on Twitter, @LIFEM, or visit their website.

Wednesday, October 29 – Badi Assad (Brazil) + Gaio de Lima (Brazil)


On the opening night LIFEM welcomes Brazilian musicians Badi Assad and Gaio de Lima to Kings Place. Assad possesses a diverse musical repertoire, having worked with musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma and Sarah McLaughlin. Ten-string mandolin and cavaquinho player de Lima is a current SOAS Masters student and director of A Oca, a project which explores the rhythms, melodies and dances from the Amazonian and northern Brazilian folk traditions. Buy tickets


Thursday, October 30 – Ami Koita (Mali) + Mosi Conde (Guinea)


LIFEM will introduce the sounds of West Africa in two rare UK performances. Ami Koita is the most famous female singer of Mali and combines the sounds of modern and traditional. Conde is a young griot, from one of Guinea’s leading families, and is known for his kora and djembé playing. Buy tickets


Friday, October 31 – Amira Kheir (Sudan) + Amadou Diagne (Senegal)


On Halloween, the Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir will perform her own unique style of ‘Sudani-jazz,’ which has seen her gain plenty of new fans in 2014. Amadou Diagne has spent years performing percussion in L’orchestre Nationale du Senegal and backing the likes of Youssou N’Dour on tour, yet his solo excursions have cemented his own musical prowess. Buy tickets


Saturday, November 1 – Carmen Souza (Cape Verde) + Maiuko (Mozambique)


Carmen Souza is perhaps Cape Verde’s answer to Esperanza Spalding, and the final night is the official UK launch of her new live album Live at Lagny Jazz Festival (reviewed in #103), showcasing original material composed with her long-time collaborator and virtuoso bassist, Theo Pas’cal. Mozambican-born singer-songwriter Maiuko began her career in the pop music, yet thanks to her powerful and versatile voice she has developed her own style, combining influences from jazz, blues and African rhythms. Buy tickets

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