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The Balimaya Project

Fri June 21st 2024 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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Born from the fusion of West African rhythms and the vibrant sounds of London, feel the beat of the Balimaya Project in this multi-genre concert.

Born to a Nigerian mother and a Senegalese father, Yahael Camara Onono grew up surrounded by the rhythms of the diaspora, while also absorbing the multi-genre lingua franca of London’s hybrid music scenes, developing what he calls a ‘London ear’ for the way the city’s jazz, grime and funky house sounds were underpinned by African and Caribbean rhythmic influence.

Fuelled by a desire to redefine West African music’s diasporic journey, Camara Onono assembled a 16-piece band, uniting generations and backgrounds in a celebration of cultural fusion.

‘I’ve always wanted to do something that is an accurate representation of how West African music is perceived in the diaspora, and how it comes into contact with other genres and something that accurately expresses my musical trajectory,’ he explains.

From the grooves of Nahawa Doumbia to the beats of Vybz Kartel, Balimaya Project weaves a tapestry of influences, bridging continents and genres.

Supported by Jazz Re:freshed, Balimaya Project embraces the ‘third culture’ of second-generation migrants, drawing on the talent and expertise of London-based musicians from Burkina Faso to the Gambia to engage intentionally with the musical and cultural nuances often overlooked in the discourse around music from the African continent.


Fri June 21st 2024
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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