Finally, January is over and 2019 is in full swing! With Spring in the air, come down to the infamous Hootananny’s in Brixton for an all-night party of live music, featuring the terrific Awalé, helping you dance into the wee hours of the morning, 6-piece Afro-Latin joy train SOMA SOMA and samba troupe TalkingDRUM. To keep the party going between bands, we welcome Guava Beats, spinning tasty sounds from around the world.
London-based band Awalé returns with a new sound, Senegalese soul. Biram Seck’s soaring voice evokes messages of love and peace, underpinned by heavenly poly-rhythm groove explorations. Intense and spiritual Sabar Senegalese percussion and Afro-Latin drums conversations, weaving intricate guitar patterns and horn lines with catchy bass riffs. Like a spinning kaleidoscope of sounds, each tune travels on a varied musical journey, from afrobeat to soul, deep Afro-jazz to Latin. Awalé is on a mission to experience happiness together in these fractured times.
Formed in Falmouth back in 2011, this now Bristol based group are renowned for their distinctive fusion of samba, hi-life, afrobeat and bossa. Their sun-soaked compositions and contagious beats will transport you to sunnier climes and their Afro-Latin influences are sure to leave you energised.
TalkingDRUM are a vibrant world percussion group who perform exhilarating rhythmical roots music from Africa and Brazil. Feel the power of the ancient vocal melodies and the heavy traditional grooves they perform, and you'll understand why this music has survived for generations. Until you've heard drumming like this up close you won't realise quite how deeply it can move you.
The band have been exploring the folkloric music of Accra, Boké, Recife and Rio de Janeiro since 2010. The kpanlogo, djembe, maracatu and samba music they perform all share a common musical heritage from the ancient beating heart of Africa.
Guava Beats keeping the music fresh and tropical between bands. Check out their music below:
Free before 10pm, £5 after