Thursday 27 April 2023 8pm Music Room
By blending cult western band repertoires with African influences, the London Astrobeat Orchestra have ignited a movement – and they’ve made quite an impact in doing so.
The band bring together the finest West African session musicians in the UK – members from Kanda Bongo Man’s touring line-up with Bel-angeni Jeannot Musumbu on guitar, Felix Ngindu Kasanganyi on drums, blues rock and astropheric soundscaping guitarist and vocalist Julian Burdock, and renowned Guinean Master Griot kora player ‘Mosi Conde’ – with legendary band leader and bassist Edd Bateman, hosting rhythmic influences from Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Cameroon and Congo.
Selling out their first four debut shows at The Jazz Café, London, the band were affectionately nicknamed the ‘African Talking Heads’. When you consider the afrobeat vibes that run through all the best Talking Heads albums, it seems right that this collective of musicians from West Africa, Europe and beyond should offer this completely unique take on Mr David Byrne and co’s timeless compositions to critical acclaim.
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