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Afriquoi

London-based ensemble Afriquoi combine influences from many varieties of African traditional music (such as for example soukous, mbira, and rhumba) with components of modern digital music (including house, drum’n’bass, and dubstep) to make a high-energy, celebratory type of pan-global dance music. The group’s associates hail from Botswana, the Gambia, Democratic Republic from the Congo, and the uk, using a revolving lineup of visitor music artists and vocalists from across Africa, European countries, America, as well as the Caribbean. The task started in 2011 when promoter/percussionist André Marmot started arranging recording periods with manufacturer Nico Bentley, Gambian kora participant Jallykebba Susso, Congolese guitarist Fiston Lusambo, and marimba participant Kudaushe Matimba. He made a decision to provide the musicians jointly for collaborative periods, and these ended up being successful, therefore further sessions occurred including visitor looks by dancehall MC Warrior Queen, mbira participant Otto Gumaelius, guimbri participant Nuru Kane, Jamaican/Uk vocalist Serocee, and many others. In 2013, the group founded its carrying out lineup, comprising Susso, Lusambo, Marmot, Bentley, and vocalist André Espeut, and started taking their enthusiastic fusion sound to the level, performing at celebrations including Glastonbury, Bestival, and Fusion Celebration. Afriquoi remixed Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré’s melody “Nouhoume Maiga” in 2013. The group’s debut record, Kolaba, a culmination from the initial four many years of their collaborative initiatives, appeared on Marmot’s Wormfood Recordings in the summertime of 2015.

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