Kevin Haynes' Grupo Elegua
Line-up: KEVIN HAYNES alto sax, bata drum, lead vocals; DESCHANEL GORDON piano, keys; ASHLEY KERR double bass; SHANE FORBES drums; BILL BLAND, RONALD THOMAS, DONALD GAMBLE bata drums, backing vocals
The music of Alto-saxophonist and percussionist, Kevin Haynes, is a fusion of contemporary Jazz, with influences drawing from Afro Cuban and Native Nigerian Yoruba folkloric Bata drumming styles, alongside Mandiga folk and praise songs with a hard bop modal concept and flowing Kora lines, creating a unique sound in African Jazz based music. Kevin has two albums out under Kevin Haynes Grupo Elegua. Tomorrows path and Ori Ire. Kevin Haynes has been performing all forms jazz and African Caribbean music for 19 years, his upcoming album Ajo Se Po (‘Unity) will be his third. One sense of the title Unity’ is the way Haynes brings together strands of different musical traditions from Africa and the New World. His extraordinary musicianship has seen Kevin Haynes Grupo Elegua perform all around the globe at festivals such as; Salamanca Jazz Festival in Spain, Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba to the prestigious London Jazz club Ronnie Scotts.He is also featured on four tracks in Moses Boyd hit album Displaced Diaspora (2018) which has acclaimed over 1 million online streams.
Originally released on his own label in 2008, the third album by Kevin Haynes Grupo Elegua entitled Ajo Se Po was re-released by Jazz re:freshed on 5th June 2020 with Diabel Cissokho on kora, included amongst the line-up.