LONDON ASTROBEAT ORCHESTRA

LONDON ASTROBEAT ORCHESTRA

..."Imagine Talking Heads meets Kanda Bongo Man, simply one of the best gigs I've ever seen!!! If they are playing within 100 miles just go"...(Hifi Pig, Edinburgh)

50 YEARS OF
ABBEY ROAD

September marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last ever recorded studio album Abbey Road so London Astrobeat Orchestra have prepared a West African re-enactment to celebrate this chart topping iconic classic. The Fab Four took great inspiration from the American Rock 'n' Roll icons like Elvis and Chuck Berry who's sound was influenced by the Blues created in the Southern states of the US. These origins travel back to West Africa and predominantly to the Bambara ethnic group from Mali who made up the majority of the enslaved population arriving in Louisiana and Mississippi. Intending to finally take these sounds back home to their roots London Astrobeat Orchestra will be paying tribute to these treasured classics over a backbeat of Afro-Mandingue grooves embellished with intricate Malian Kora. This is AfroBeatleMania!!!

TALKING HEADS
STOP MAKING SENSE

'London Astrobeat Orchestra' perform songs from the iconic Talking Heads' 'Stop Making Sense' movie, live. Focusing on tracks from the cult classic albums ‘Remain In The Light’ and ‘Speaking in Tongues’ the ‘London Astrobeat Orchestra’ are a funky, rhythmic, hypnotic, anthemic, uplifting, groovy, percussive, smack on point, earth-shatteringly tight, live band. “This is The Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense delivered live & with a degree of raw, cosmic, human energy that will totally, utterly & completely blow your wig off..!”…..(World Headquarters). Selling out their first 4 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's both appropriate & correct that this collective of musicians, from West Africa, Europe & beyond should offer this completely unique, razor sharp, liquid funk & jaw-droppingly tight take, on the finest of Mr David Byrne & Co's timeless compositions.

WHO ARE THEY?

They comprise, quite honestly of the finest West African session musicians alive on this planet today... With legendary band leader & Bassist Edd Bateman hosting rhythmic influences from Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Cameroon and Congo. Featuring new members from Kanda Bongo Man's touring lineup with Belangeni Jeannot Musumbu on Sebene guitar and Felix Ngindu Kasanganyi on drum kit, blues rock and astropheric soundscaping guitarist and vocalist ‘Julian Burdock’ and Guinean Master Griot kora player and absolute mad man ‘Mosi Conde’.