One of Zimbabwe’s most popular bands, Mokoomba, is coming to play at St Mary's Music Hall. From Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the band’s six members, grew up as friends in the Chinotimba township and often play with Zimbabwean icons as Hugh Masekela and Baba Maal
A powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, Deva Mahal is the daughter of legendary blues musician Taj Mahal, with whom she wrote the song “Never Let You Go” on his Grammy Award nominated album Maestro. Deva’s particular brand of soul embraces her blues roots, with an infusion of gospel-tinged vocals, funk rhythms, jazz-like arrangements, and an R&B sensibility. Her undeniable vocal talent never ceases to blow audiences away, and her star continues to rise with new music out on Motéma in 2018.
A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years, and has delivered the album to prove them right.
Kasai Masai’s music reflects their journey from the rural to urban, performing music which has been passed on from generation to generation combined with their own contemporary style.
Written in Swahili, Lingala and Kimongo, Kasai Masai’s lyrics portray the cultural diversity of Congo where more than four hundred languages are spoken.
Kasai Masai’s original compositions have moved beyond traditional expectations of Congolese music with their galloping rhythms, strong melodies, passionate beats, swinging guitars, moving saxophone.
“Kasai Masai successfully marry a respect for vintage grooves with an overwhelming urge to move the dance floor this is the sound of the old and new, of the countryside and the city, from deep in the heart of Africa…” Nige Tassell—Womad Festival
Kasai Masai is led by percussionist, singer and dancer Nickens Nkoso. Nickens is a well known figure on the world music circuit. He has worked alongside international Congolese artists including Kanda Bongoman, Koffi Olomide, Papa Wemba, Madilu System, Canta Nyboma, Mose Fan Fan and Sam Mapangala. In the UK he has been a member of Safroman’s All in One, Koko Kanyinda’s Soukous Koumbele, Robert Maseko’s Congo Beat, Mongo Ley’s Les Zaza, Muana Mousa’s Banda Banda, Nsimba Foggis’ Taxi Pata Pata, Micky Djo Lusala’s Soukous Gang, and Baboma.
Eli West is a Seattle-based acoustic musician. His recent debut solo album, The Both, has him taking the lead on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.
Renata Rosa, is a Brazilian singer, songwriter and rabeca player. Over the last 10 years, Renata has played more than 200 concerts across Europe performing in major concert halls and at renowned festivals. She performed concerts for the Musée du Louvre and for the Theater de la Ville of Paris and in 2016 she joined the artistic team of the Rio 2016 Olympics games to compose the opening song of the Summer Olympics.
St Mary's Music Hall and Lake of Stars Festival have joined forces to present a night of exciting new music. Featuring one of London's hottest rising stars Love Ssega (UK/Uganda) with full live band, supported by Nkomba (UK/Malawi) and Beating Heart co-founder Olly Wood (DJ set).
We're doing something a bit different on Friday 22nd June. Indonesian Gamelan group Jimbot and friends are coming to play as part of a tour sponsored by the Indonesian cultural institute. Tickets are free (advance booking required)
Join the Side by Side family for our summer Jamboree at the gorgeous St Mary’s Music Hall! You will enjoy an evening filled with music, comedy, and spoken word, at the beautiful St Mary's Music Hall. With a knockout line-up, mind-blowing raffle, and a ticket which includes a yummy glass of Pimms and light bites on arrival for just £20, you do not want to miss out!
St Mary’s Music Hall has teamed up with SOAS radio to bring you a night celebrating beautiful music from around the world and featuring SOAS alumni. The concert will be broadcast live on SOAS radio and will feature ‘in conversation with’ interviews with the artists between sets.
Expect a stage strewn with upwards of 15 instruments (some familiar, such as trumpet, mandolin, & acoustic guitar; some beguilingly unusual, including the eerie bowed psaltery & a late-Victorian Scottish acoustic keyboard called the Dulcitone), allowing for some striking multiple instrumental combinations and an overall soundworld unlike any other.
Young Waters is a five-piece band led by Theo Passingham (vocals and guitar) with Kerry Ann Jangle (vocals and percussion), Liam O’Connell (double bass and vocals), Calum Smith (violin) and Rowen Elliot (viola).
International Romani Day falls on 8th April, and at St. Mary’s we will be celebrating all things Romani culture on Friday 6th April. Featuring a host of internationally renowned musicians from Romani communities all around Europe. There will also be traditional Romani food, and talks and insights on Romani culture. This will be a joyous and vibrant celebration not to be missed!
Waltham Forest Youth Orchestra has developed in terms of size and standard over the past few years under the baton of Michael Whittaker. They meet on a weekly basis to rehearse to study standard and contemporary orchestral repertoire including Symphonies by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Earlier this year they collaborated with WFMS tutors who are also professional musicians, musicians from the Forest Philharmonic Orchestra and students from Guildhall School of Music and Drama to perform Laura Rossi’s score accompanying the live screening of the 1916 Battle of the Somme film.
Virtuoso Syrian qanun player Maya Youssef comes to St Mary's Music Hall. Her virtuosity and unique innovative approach to playing the qanun, originally a traditional instrument, have expanded her audiences to international platforms. She combines her extraordinary musical gifts with a generosity of outlook, warmth, humour and optimism.
A rare opportunity to see internationally acclaimed Cuban violinist Omar Puente perform in a duo format with his long-time pianist and collaborator Al Macsween performing music from across Omar's career including tracks from his latest CD 'Best Foot Forward'.
Basco are a fiddle-scraping, box-belting, cittern-smacking folk/roots band with members from Denmark, Sweden and Australia. Basco really just want to tell you some stories. Their music is complex and varied, from hard hitting, high-speed reels full of rosin dust and sweat, through sweet and melancholy tunes that tell of loves won and lost.
Soweto Kinch is a multi award-winning saxophonist, MC and composer specialising in a trademark style of Jazz, Rap and Spoken Word unlike that of any other performer in the world. Revered among both musicians and rappers alike, Soweto has amassed an unprecedented array of accolades including two MOBO awards, two Urban Music Awards, BBC Rising Star Award, BBC Best Jazz Instrumentalist, BBC Best Jazz Band, Montreux Jazz Festival Award, Peter Whittingham Award for Jazz innovation, Winner of the White Foundation World Sax Competition and a nomination for the much coveted Mercury Award as well as his own weekly BBC radio show.
St Mary's Music Hall Christmas Spectacular! Carols, shanties, Balkan tunes, minced pies and more! All for £8!
Bahla is a London-based 5 piece outfit, breaking new ground with their unique mix of cinematic jazz entangled with Jewish folklore. By learning how different cultures have met in the past, they have developed a way to organically marry their individual influences into an arresting and dynamic sound of their own.
Our Christmas Showcase will be an evening filled with music, comedy, and spoken word, at the beautiful St Mary's Music Hall. With some incredible acts we will entertain and celebrate, greeting you with a glass of prosecco and light bites on arrival.
Out of the detritus of war a thing of beauty was born. The London Syrian Ensemble is a collective of some of Syria's finest musicians based in the UK. A group of both newly arrived and long-term residents who either studied or taught in the eminent Damascus Conservatoire. They bring the sounds of Syria through a diverse repertoire of classical and traditional music from the region. The ensemble includes oud, kanun, ney, violin, viola, double bass and percussion and performances also include a range of fantastic guest vocalists
Formed in 2000 to share a fascination with the improvisation and monophonic nature of Ornette Coleman’s earlier works and throughout this time, the line-up has remained the same throughout with Portishead rhythm masters Jim Barr and Clive Deamer on bass and drums respectively, Pete Judge on trumpet and Jake McMurchie on saxophone.
With a voice like spiderwebbed hollows and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Martha and band have built a large worldwide following and played on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and festivals. She has recorded and released several critically acclaimed albums, gained a nomination for BBC best newcomer, appeared as a guest vocalist for Zero 7, toured internationally and played with some of the world’s most inspiring musicians.