No doubt, the African diaspora has played a major part in the evolution of music and revolutionising the genres we have today. From, Samba, Blues, Rap, R&B, Jazz and so much more, the continent’s influence hasn’t stopped and will continue to go on.
We clearly have a lot to thank for the vibrancy and diversity we now have in the music industry.
Camden, has always been the one of the most open-minded, diverse, and multicultural places in the world and with every step you take in the area, there is an obvious fusion of different cultures that has made the area such a prominent and popular creative space.
So, it is more than fitting that these two finally come together. Emerald Live, therefore, invites everyone to the Innercity Griot. The event will be at Camden’s iconic Jazz Cafe on July 6 to celebrate and rejoice in Africa’s diverse culture, music, artistry and global influence.
Opening their doors to the likes of Aloe Blacc, Amy Winehouse, De La Soul and Pharaoh Sanders, for one night only, Jazz Cafe welcomes talents that have inspired and continue to innovate African music and the continent’s influence on the British music scene.
Taking a closer look at this occurrence, the event will focus on the emergence and the fusions of genres on our current musical landscape.
Welcoming the best of UK modern talent and Afrobeats heritage sounds, the acts performing at the event highlight exactly what a griot – a West African storyteller using oral traditions to preserve the memory of society – should be.
Performing on the night, acts include, 808Ink, known for the hit, “Suede Jaw,” who mixes experimental rap techniques with a progressive and electronic take on Hip Hop.
Afronuts Zu will also be joining the event to play a one-off set and has worked with the likes of Hi-Def and rising neo-soul talent, KWABS.
Other acts include Cisse Djamba, specialists in the art of traditional West African percussion and Silvastone who merges West African beats with distinctive UK style. Silvastone is also known for working with Rita Ora, Sneakbo, Maelogo and has performed at Glastonbury, SXSW and Dance Afrique at Wembley Arena.
DJ Edu, host of BBC’s longest running African music radio show, Destination Africa, will be hosting the show’s afterparty.
This is an event hosted by Emerald Live that showcases their love for music and the positive change that comes with the creative arts. This is an event that celebrates the efforts and fused artistry derived from the African diaspora that should not be forgotten. Innercity Griot is not to be missed.
So, get your tickets here before they sell out.