Orange Blossom (France/Egypt): Performing as part of the thirteenth London Africa Music Festival, Orange Blossom offer electric whirlpools, electronic storms and Oriental arabesques: insolent mixing which is not satisfied with half measures. Their music suggests a free world of doubts where East and West fraternize with ease; an idea dreamed up by Carlos Robles Arenas (drummer, percussionist and composer) and Pierre Jean Chabot (violinist).
London African Music Festival
Iness Mezel: Performing as part of the thirteenth London African Music Festival, Iness Mezel has been developing a fusion musical identity that is firmly rooted in her dual culture since 1995. With a French-Italian mother and father of Algerian Berber origin, she grew up in Algeria and France. After classical musical studies - singing, piano- she went on to learn jazz improvisation and various singing styles different from the Berber style like African (Elik Tara) and classical-contemporary (Tamia).
OUM (Morocco) Musical Concert: Coming as part of the thirteenth London African Music Festival, Moroccan singer Oum Haylala will have her London debut at the legendary Tabernacle. Already, she has captured the hearts of the people in her country and is worshiped like a diva.
Ghalia Benali + Yaz Fentazi Trio: Part of the London African Music Festival, the wild and graceful Tunisian Ghalia Benali will perform on the night as well as the Algerian Yaz Fentazi Trio. Benali's fluid voice and compositions absorb a full circle of wide influences from Arabic folk and jazz traditions to contemporary chill out and Indian Classical music; whilst the Trio will play a breathtakingly rootsy blend of Gnawa, Chaabi, Andalusian music, jazz and blues.
Karama: Part of the London African Music Festival, this exciting London-based band is led by Moroccan Oud player Soufian Saihi with members from Venezuela, Spain, Japan, Morocco and the UK. Saihi's compositions are based around the oud, clarinet, double bass and percussion; finding inspiration from the beautiful ecstatic Gnawa, North African and Arabic classical music as well as the diverse sounds of London streets during his busking experience and wondering brilliantly through diverse sonic landscapes that range from Tinariwen to Alice Coltrane, superbly funky and beautifu