In collaboration with On The Corner Records we present:
Penya is a 4-piece, percussion driven, electronic band led by producer and multi instrumentalist Magnus PI.
Magnus's percussive wanderings in Cuba, Turkey, Morrocco and India have garnered a tribal, alternative dance floor take on Afro-Latin rhythms, whichhe was described on BBC 6Music DJ Tom Robinson’s ‘Fresh On the Net’ site as a sound that "has been spun by an Afro-Jazz DJ at the end of a three day bender".
Many of Penyas' songs touch on ancient Afro-Cuban melodies sung by the band’s multi-instrumentalist / vocalist Lilli Elina, whilst other tracks are wide open electronic groove scapes that draw on percussion don Jim Le Ms experiences as a ceremonial Bata drummer. Viva Msimang's dubbed-out trombone improvisations, percussion and backing vocal contributions complete the Penya soundscape.
Penyas' releases have been hailed by Tom Ravenscroft, (BBC 6 music), Gilles Peterson (WorldwideFM), Gary Crowley (BBC Radio London), Nick Luscomb (BBC Radio 3), Best Before (Channel 4), Boiler Room, DJ Khalab, NTS, Soho and Radar Radio.
Penya's "Beat your demon" EP and "Acelere" EP are available now via On the Corner records.
Emma-Jean Thackray is an award winning composer/ producer/ arranger/ instrumentalist and as a recent RBMA alumni, has been described by RBMA as "one of the UK's most exciting new jazz artists."
Her recent release WALRUS is gaining a lot of underground support and sits in the collections of some of the worlds' finest vinyl selectors including Theo Parrish, Chairman Jeff, Mr Scruff and more, and was described by Rhythm Section as "one of the most exciting and unique jazz records of 2016".