This is an excellent opportunity to run a piece on Franco, one of the true greats of African music, whose influence is still felt worldwide today; and have access to interview living legend Dizzy Mandjeku – who currently leads and conducts Odemba OK Jazz All-Stars and was an original member of Franco’s OK Jazz.
This magnificent 12 piece band is the original exponent of smooth big band ‘Franco style’ Congolese Rumba. Other greats in the All-star line up include Malage De Lugendo, Nana and Baniel, Dele Pedro, and veteran Seigneur Lokombe all of whom are legends in their own right.
Tour Dates 2009
Thursday 24th September Brighton Dome
Saturday 26th September Bristol St Georges
Monday 28th September London Jazz Café
Tuesday 29th September Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wednesday 30th September Glasgow The Arches
Thursday 1st October Edinburgh Queens Hall
Friday 2nd October Birmingham The Drum
Saturday 3rd October Leeds Leeds Irish Centre
To buy tickets for any of the dates, head on over to http://www.blackroutes.org.uk/tours/15/