14th January 2024, 6.30pm
Featuring the two pianos of Kishon Khan and Dele Sosimi; Cuban percussionist/vocalist Javier Camilo; Cuban conga/bata maestros Randy Lester and Hammadi Valdes; Cuban bassist Frank Portuondo; a horn section led by Justin Thurgur including Tamar Osborn and Nick Walters as well as virtuoso guitarist Phil Dawson and Tansay Omar on drums.
£30 – £45
KISHON KHAN – piano, Rhodes, leaderDELE SOSIMI – piano, Rhodes, lead vocalJAVIER CAMILO – percussion, lead vocalFRANK PORTUONDO – bassTANSAY OMAR – drumsHAMMADI VALDES – Bata, timbalesRANDY LESTER – congasJUSTIN THURGUR – tromboneTAMAR OSBORN – baritone sax / fluteNICK WALTERS – trumpetMODOU TOURE – special guest vocalist
Kishon Khan’s Lokkhi Terra have over a number of years now been quietly establishing themselves as one of London’s more unusual heavyweight outfits, described as “Stunning Headliners... A majestic multi-cultural blend of sounds...effortlessly builds bridges between rolling Indian raga rhythms, Afro-Cuban grooves, Acid Jazz/funk and free flowing improvisation" (Timeout London).
Included amongst the band members are London’s top Cuban musicians, adding their infectious rich musical history to the city’s melting pot. When the band wanted to explore Cuban links with another of their favourite traditions, Afrobeat, who better to bring in then one of the Afrobeat originators – maestro Dele Sosimi – “Sosimi creates some of the most bewitching grooves in modern African music” E Jazz News.
Bringing together two Yoruba speaking musics but with different accents and different sides of the Atlantic. Havana meets Lagos in London; a Cuban-Afrobeat-experience.