Music in Bristol: KonKoma at Colston Hall 2, Friday March 15
The rich dance music cultures of Africa were one of the mainsprings of the "world music" scene in the UK from the outset, with music from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zaire/Congo, South Africa, Senegal and Ethiopia.
Less recognised, perhaps, is the music of Ghana, yet the Ghanaian band Osibisa was one of the first rock bands to bring African rhythms to a Western audience.
There's a powerful memory of that sound in the music of KonKoma, a London-based nine-piece that includes guitarist Alfred Bannerman and keyboard player Emmanuel Rentzos, Ghanaian musical veterans and long-term members of Osibisa.
The results as heard on KonKoma, their debut CD on Soundway Records, make for a powerful reminder of just how exciting that original blend of African rhythmic traditions, with the brash and brassy instrumentation of contemporary funk, always was.
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Tight brass parts ride infectious percussion beats punctuated by bursts of talking drum, with jangling guitar and swirling keyboard filling the sound. With Alfred and Emmanuel's declamatory vocals urging the music on it's a highly danceable reminder of yet another golden era in the story of African dance music.
KonKoma Colston Hall 2, Friday, March 15. See listings for details.