Celebrating Sanctuary London and
Focus Organization present
Refugee Week UK
Friday June 21 (7pm to 1am)
@ Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA
£5 advance - £7 on the door
Ft: Harare / Diabel Cissokho / AJ Holmes DJ set
Celebrating Sanctuary London shines a spotlight on London's refugee communities and their essential, ever changing influence on the cultural life in the capital during Refugee Week UK (16-23 June). This year's edition of CSL consists of various events, including Africa Special! - the night of African music, which is co-presented with Focus Organization, London’s most exciting African music promoters.
Africa Special! focuses on celebrating the invaluable contribution of African communities make to life in the capital with a night of good-time African grooves featuring two of London's most celebrated African acts Harare and Diabel Cissokho.
Harare – London’s most dynamic Zimbabwean African dance band formed by Kuda Matimba - a former member of the legendary Bhundu Boys. Harare combines different styles from Jit Jive to traditional hypnotic rhythms of the mbira (lamellaphone/thumb piano).
Diabel Cissokho - Senegalese musician Diabel Cissokho is part of the great line of
Cissokho griots. He enjoyed a long stint as Baaba Maal’s kora player, as well as performing with acclaimed musicians such as Kandia Kouyate, Pee Wee Ellis, Nuru Kane, Daby Balde, Omar Pene and Abdou Diop. Now well established in the UK, Diabel’s virtuosic talent, his “resonant voice and rocking kora style” (Songlines), have been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD and Glastonbury to London’s Barbican, where he performed alongside Femi Kuti, Cheikh Lo and Manu Dibango.
AJ Holmes (DJ set) - The afro-obsessed leader of British-Afro-eccentrics AJ
Holmes and The Hackney Empire will be spinning an essential selection of African musical treats from the last fifty years.