The London African Music Festival (LAMF) will take over London May 18-May 30, 2007. Due to its popularity, three new venues have been added, including the South Bank Centre to make it a truly London-wide festival. Three of Africa’s top sellers in Congo’s Koffi Olomide, Nigeria’s King Wasiu Ayinde and Senegal’s Africando as well as American jazz legend Roy Ayers and the African Jazz Allstars bring their all conquering music to the Coronet for four steaming dance nights. Brilliant instrumentalists like the oud virtuoso Anour Brahem from Tunisia, guitarist Lionel Loueke from Benin, South African trumpeter Claude Deppa, kora virtuoso Ba Cissoko, Senegalese adventurer Nuru Kane and percussion master Lekan Babalola all present new projects for this year’s festival.
The LAMF proudly presents some brilliant divas from the four corners of Africa. Egyptian diva Natacha Atlas leads a brilliant band that creates world dance grooves of immense power. Making their London debut and showing the depth, variety and creativity in African music today are divas Najat Aatabou from Morocco, Simphiwe Dana from South Africa, Cape Verde’s young diva Mayra Andrade and Nigeria’s Chidinma Okafor. The festival closes with a unique project powered by the first lady of Nigerian faaji music, Funmi Olawumi. The former lead singer of The Queens of Lagos and Yoruba Women Choir leads a 15-piece big band that features praise singers, dancers and musicians for a show that is called “Lagos For Show” slang for "expect the unexpected.”
For a complete list of dates for the London African Music Festival, please check out the World Music Concerts section of the Global Rhythm website.