8pm-2am at The Forum

Tickets: £12.50 Early Birds, £19.50 Advance, £22.50 Late Buyers, more on the door

  • Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80 (live)
  • Jazzanova ft Paul Randolph (live)
  • Matthew Halsall (live)
  • plus very special guests
Another smasher from the guys at Soundcrash. Matthew Halsall joins two giants for a unique London gig.
Check Groovement’s Jazzanova interview from a couple of years back here. Find out much more about Matthew Halsall here!
Press release:

Soundcrash presents a celebration of live Jazz in its many variants; from Seun Kuti’s devastatingly infectious Afrobeat to Jazzanova’s love affair with electronica and Matthew Halsall’s deep spiritual jazz. We’re in for a very special evening of music excellence. Join us!

With the mighty From Africa With Fury: Rise, Seun Anikulapo Kuti heads up Egypt 80, the extraordinary combo first fronted by his father, the legendary Fela Kuti. The album sees Seun, who began performing with Egypt 80 when he was just 9 years old, find his own idiosyncratic voice as songwriter, singer, and bandleader. Its songs and sonic approach are marked by a provocative edge, militant precision and mature self-assurance, setting the classic Egypt 80 sound in the modern era. The band’s explosive power, fraught with the scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy has rightfully earned the group worldwide acclaim as, in the words of Brian Eno, some of the “biggest, wildest, livest music on the planet”

The Jazzanova collective belongs to a small, worldwide group of incredibly influential innovators of dancefloor, jazz, broken beat, funk and soul. Their signature sounds are guaranteed to take you on a trip, mixing and matching genres as wide ranging as the hip hop that remains their roots, Brazilian samba and the ever elegant and precise German techno. Their worldwide travel only ensures the diversity of this palette, and with the implementation of a live band to augment their sound and the elegant vocal tones of Paul Randolph you are sure to be treated to something very special indeed. Tonight Jazzanova will be performing live with their 9 piece band. Don’t miss out.

Manchester based trumpeter Matthew Halsall is one of the UK’s brightest talents. A gifted trumpeter with a beautiful, expressive tone, his music draws on his love of the transcendental spiritual and modal jazz of Alice and John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, as well as more contemporary dance music and electronica and has won him fans from Gilles Peterson to MOJO Magazine. Influenced by the likes of Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Portico Quartet, Flying Lotus, Madlib, Alice & John Coltrane and Erik Truffaz, Matthew Halsall’s new band takes his beautiful, melodic music into warped new territories as the trumpeter explores new sonic textures using a combination delays, reverbs and loop pedal effects. Pianist Taz Modi (Submotion Orchestra) supplies the additional chords and deep sub bass lines on Fender Rhodes and Moog Rogue and the mighty drummer Luke Flowers (of The Cinematic Orchestra) adds his trademark groove.


Agent J aka Jamie Groovement: writer, host, DJ and teacher. @jamiegroovement

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