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Note: January 2017 will be the last month of Thursday Nite Live to take place at Choices Pub & Restaurant.
Roots International would like to thank the owners, management and staff at Choices for hosting Thursday Nite Live these last 5 years.
Lusophone Film Fest Nairobi, Roots International and Zelalem are proud to present for the first time Live in Nairobi Angolan songstress Aline Frazão.
Date: February 21, 2015
Venue: Tribe Kenya – Limuru Rd. next to Village Market Mall
Time: 8 for 9 pm
Entry: Advance KES 2000 and at the Gate KES 2500
Tickets can be purchased at the following Java outlets (Gigiri, Sarit, Abc, Valley Arcade, Junction & Yaya) and online via Ticket Sasa
ALINE FRAZÃO was born in Luanda and lived between Lisbon, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona.
In life as in music there are no frontiers or oceans stopping her. She has debuted on stage at nine, learning since to walk the paths of traditional music from Angola, Cape Verde, MPB from Brazil or jazz.
After her first record “Clave Bantu” (2011) she is showing herself to the world with “Movimento” (2013). Aline composed all the songs of both records and was the producer of “Movimento”.
Aline performed at the just concluded Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar where she left the audience impressed with her mellow performances.
Angolan artist Waldermar Bastos Live in Nairobi, Feb. 19 2014 @ the Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum
Waldemar Bastos was born near the border with Zaire in N’Banza Congo, a little town which was the first capital city of the ancient kingdom of Angola. He started singing at a very early age. “One day, my father arrived home and found me playing his concertina. In the following Christmas he gave me an accordion as a gift…” From then on, a young Waldemar dedicated his heart and soul to music. Since money was scarce, the little kid chose music lessons over the possibility of getting a bicycle. “For many years, since I was a kid, I was in various bands, and travelled throughout Angola playing all kinds of music: pop, rock, blues, tangos, waltzes. My music is defined by my own life experiences, praise for Angolan identity, and a call for universal brotherhood. It is gratifying for me to hear critics say, as it recently happened in the USA, that my music is universal. That it is not a regional music, but instead for people everywhere.”
In the meantime, Angola won its independence and followed the long socialist road. Bastos went to Portugal and later to Berlin and from there to Brazil, where he became acquainted with some well known musicians, such as Chico Buarque, João do Vale, Elba Ramalho, Djavan and Clara Nunes who had been in Angola in the late seventies. Waldemar finds EMI-Odeon, and records his first album, “Estamos Juntos”. He recorded his second album, the highly praised “Angola Minha Namorada”, five years later. In 1990 he visited Angola, and did a concert in front of 200.00 people in Luanda. While travelling through Lisbon, David Byrne, the mastermind of Luaka Bop record label, and ex-leader of the “Talking Heads”, bought, by chance, a record of the Angolan singer in a downtown Lisbon shop.
Soon after that Waldemar would be featured in the album “Afropea – Telling Stories to the Sea”, an anthology of Lusophone artists issued by Luaka Bop. Afterwards there was “Pretaluz/Blacklight”, recorded in NYC, produced by Arto Lindsay, and issued by Luaka Bop. The New York Times described it as “one of the best World music records of the decade”.
In the aftermath of “Pretaluz/Blacklight”, Waldemar won the “Award for the Emerging Artist of the Year (1999)”. In 1998, Waldemar was discovered by the European audience and media. After his successful tours in Europe as the opening act at the UNESCO Festival “Don’t forget Africa“ in June 2000 in the Canary Islands. Later in the year he was invited by Mr. Ruichi Sakamoto to take part in the “Zero-Landmine” project in cooperation with international artists like Arto Lindsay, Brian Eno, David Sylvian, Jacques Morelenbaum.
Bastos is included in Tom Moon’s legendary book “1000 recordings to hear before you die”, and three of his compositions were featured in the Hollywood movie The Sweepers . He received several invitations by Prince Ernst August von Hanover and Princess Caroline von Hanover in the course of which he also gave a private concert for Rainier III. Another highlight was the “Bal de Roses” in Monaco in 2004.
Classics of my Soul, is his latest production, recorded in Los Angeles and London, produced by Derek Nakamoto and it features his light hearted music full of optimism and joy.
You can find out more about this legendary Angolan artist on his website
This concert has been made possible through the support of Nairobi Java House, Hotel Emerald in Westlands, and the Lusophone Film Fest Nairobi.
Sousou & Maher Cissoko share a destiny shaped by music. Sousou grew up in the south of Sweden and fell in love with the kora when her father started gigging with the Gambian griot Alagie Mbye in the early ’90s. She has since spent a lot of time in West Africa learning to play the instrument and to sing in Wolof and Mandinka.
Maher Cissoko was born into a well-known griot family from Casamance, Senegal, and learnt to play kora at an early age. The couple met when Sousou was invited to continue her kora studies at the Cissoko house in Ziguinchor.
Since then they’ve married, formed the world’s best Swedish-Senegalese band, won a Swedish Folk & World Music award, released two albums and have been touring in Scandinavia, Senegal, South Africa and Zanzibar.