2019 sees the 15th anniversary of the excellent Paris based record label Nø Førmat
Famed for releasing consistently high quality eclectic global music (including Chilly Gonzales, Oumou Sanagre, Ballake Sissoko to name a few) this event will be a special celebration of the label's output so far.
Grammy award winning Malian Oumou Sangare (often referred to as the "Songbird of Wassoulou") follows up her stunning Roundhouse show in London with a special quintet performance for the intimate and unique surrounding of the EartH theatre
Nø Førmat''s hugely exciting new signing Cuban band Que Vola will also perform, for what will be their first UK performance. Opening the evening will be Gerald Toto with his cultural melting pot of acoustic folk, jazz, soul, pop and blues with cosmopolitan borders that embrace Creole and Caribbean flavours.
Nø Førmat Djs will be on the decks throughout the eve for what is set to be an unmissable event.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest living voices in African music, here Malian singer and songwriter Oumou Sangaré performs music from her new album Mogoya in an intimate seated show, part of our In the Round series.
Often referred to as the ‘The Songbird of Wassoulou’ (a southern wooded region of Mali which she considers her spiritual home), Sangaré is stylish, elegant, fiery and charismatic with a soulful, soaring voice – qualities that have seen her fast become an emblem for African womanhood and a striking role model. A tireless campaigner for women’s rights, Sangaré’s music is as fearless and powerful as her message – combining traditional instruments with western influences and sounds, drawing on a rich musical heritage while looking to the future.
¡ French jazz meets cuban rumba !
Gerald Toto’s music sways to the rhythms of life.
The songs on his new album don’t shout or seek to batter you over the head. Like all the best music, they insinuate their way quietly into your brain like ear worms with a benevolent and beguiling subtlety.
Gentle and lilting yet lithesome and full of bold nuance, the music Toto makes on Sway takes us on an imaginary journey to a world that has time to stop and stare and where the frenetic din of modernity is hushed to a murmur, his songs seemingly plucked from an infinite bowl of fresh air and sunshine as they wrap the listener in a sweet caress of timeless reverie.
Like all the best music, the songs on Sway refuse simple categorisation, a cultural melting pot of acoustic folk, jazz, soul, pop and blues with cosmopolitan borders that embrace Creole and Caribbean flavours.
No Format: Oumou Sangare / Que Vola / Gerald Toto
10 Apr 2019
11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Stoke Newington
London N16 8BH