African Soul Rebels

African Soul Rebels

Another triple bill of sensational musicians from the African continent when Femi Kuti, Akli D and Ba Cissoko appear at The Anvil on Saturday 24 February for African Soul Rebels 2007.

Nigerian band leader and saxophonist Femi Kuti is the undisputed heavyweight of West Africa’s funkiest music, Afrobeat. He brings to the UK his red-hot message of human liberation, fighting corruption, poverty and oppression. His showmanship alongside his fourteen-piece band has now become as celebrated as his revolutionary musician father Fela Kuti. Hard-hitting driving rhythms, dazzling brass, gyrating dancers – Femi Kuti is the Nigerian force to be reckoned with.

Algerian singer-songwriter Akli D brings together a wide range of influences, from reggae, blues, rock and folk to the trance-like Berber rhythms of North Africa. His UK premiere at Womad enraptured audiences and fellow musicians alike. Akli D’s new album Ma Yela is produced by multi-million selling Latin artist Manu Chao.

Trail-blazing Guinean kora master Ba Cissoko and his band bring a vibrant and hip edge to age-old traditions, skilfully fusing the ancient sounds of the acoustic kora with a beat driven by dynamic percussion and funky bass guitar. Nominated for Best Newcomer at the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards, their latest album, Electric Griotland, is as relevant to African music as Jimi Hendrix was to the blues.

Region: All
Venue: The Anvil
Venue Address: Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Press Tickets: Not Specified
Sponsorship: Not Specified
Press Tickets:
Name: Andrea Bath
Phone: 01256 819797