Afrovibes - Chill Pill Plus...
Afrovibes - Chill Pill Plus...
Just when you think the show is over, resident spoken word collective, Chill Pill, keep the Township Café going with a series of pop-up events. Each evening will be curated by different Chill Pill artists with co-hosts and acts from the extended Chill Pill family both near and far.
Wednesday 15: Deanna Roger & Simon Mole plus...
Main Act: Namvula
Fusing the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland with London’s eclectic music scene, Namvula blends African sounds and rhythms with Latin, jazz and folk into uplifting and emotive songs. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music transports listeners into different worlds, whilst staying firmly rooted in African soil.
Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi-award winning Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitarist Anoushka Shankar. Her forthcoming debut album ‘Shiwezwa’ has been tipped to be “one of the major roots releases in the coming months” by fRoots magazine.
'Beautiful music. Namvula is a great new star poised and ready for orbit' WOMaTTâ€¨
'A performance worth ululating about!' Daily Mail, Zambia
DJ Africathy aka “Mama Put” has been setting up her musical food stall at venues across London and beyond since the mid-nineties to “put more” great African music out there for people to taste, enjoy, revisit. The aim is to make you dance and move you across boundaries – spiritual and mental as well as geographical and physical, by setting out the rich diversity of musical styles and trends across the African continent and in the global diaspora.
Thursday 16: Raymond Antrobus & Adam Kammerling plus...
Main Act: London Zulu
London Zulu, the project formerly fronted by the late, great South African singer and dancer Doreen Thobekile. Doreen’s daughter (and long-time vocal sparring partner) Ingrid Webster is taking her place in the spotlight to perform the songs of her mother and more. Backed by members of Transglobal Underground, she’ll be singing her heart out on a set of Township soul and West London funk.
DJ: Mr Gee
Friday 17: Mr Gee plus...
DJ: Wala Danga
DJ, producer, promoter, sound engineer, performing / recording artist and events manager, Wala Danga has been DJing close to 30 years in the London night clubs college circuits around the UK and even had radio shows on Capital Radio, BBC London Radio and Rockers FM. As a DJ, he has supported countless musicians including Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Salie Keita, Baaba Maal and Fela Kuti. He was based at the Africa Centre for 25 years, DJing and organising live bands at Limpopo Club that he founded in 1983 every weekend for 26 years, in which period he worked with most of the musicians on the African Music circuit. Wala has received two awards, the first for his contributions to African music by the African community in London, and another for the life time achievement and services to the Southern African communities ZAA Award in 2012. Currently working as a Program Director for WOM@TT, DJ Wala boasts some of the best collection of African music in London and an amazing selection from the Southern Part of Africa where he is from. He has worked as a producer on some of Best African Albums 4Brothers, John Chibadura, and Lovemore Majaivana to name a few.
No booking required, although capacity is limited - turn up early for a good seat.
Afrovibes Festival, bringing some of the very best of South African arts to the UK and the Netherlands, makes a welcome return to the UK and the Albany this autumn.
In 2014, the festival's biggest-ever programme celebrates 20 years of South African freedom: 20 years since the ending of apartheid and the beginning of democracy. The creativity of award-winning artists brings us music, drama, dance, photography and film, reflecting upon what it is to be part of 21st century South Africa. By turns it'll be thought-provoking, energetic, sad, fascinating, wonderful. With free events, family workshops and themed food served in the atmospheric Township Cafe, drop by, hang out and belong - you'll believe that you really are thousands of miles from home!