Orchestre National de Barbès - Alejandro Toledo & the magic Tombolinos : 25th May, London

We are pleased to announce the return of "Orchestre National de Barbès" in London  Support Acts:   DJ U-Cef – Morocco/UK "U-Cef's potential is as limitless as the Sahara." (Chris Nickson, All Music Guide)    + Alejandro Toledo & The Magic Tombolinos Spellbinding Cross-cultural Quintet.

Alejandro Toledo and the Magic Tombolinos was formed in London in January 2008.
This young quintet is made up of traveling musicians from different parts of the globe, who bring together their backgrounds and experiences in a celebration of music with no regional boundaries.
Led by Alejandro Toledo (Bachelor in Classical Saxophone Performance, Masters in Gypsy Saxophone Performance, and currently a PhD candidate in Romani Performance Practices), this high energy band delivers some of the most exciting performances.

“Our ever-evolving musical idiom reflects the way we think and live. Our music, among other things, is a conjunction of various influences (Classical, Rock, Gypsy, African, Middle-Eastern, Latin, and Hip-Hop rhythms) which we bring from places we have lived, visited, or simply the music we like, and have filtered through our own distinct voice.” A.

Super French/North African Band Orchestre National de Barbes comes to indigO2 for the first time on 25 May!

The opening number, “Sidi Yahia-bnef Paris”, effortlessly mixes elements of Gnawa trance with a low-slung growling rock riff that the Clash’s Mick Jones would have been proud of, and a simple swinging hip-hop rhythm. It’s not the first time we’ve heard this kind of fusion of rai, rock and hip-hop, but it’s rare to hear the executed with the kind of apparently effortless swagger that only a band with real chemistry can pull off. Then it’s straight into “Chkoun”, a rather more generic Ska number that could have been performed by any of the band from St Ives or St Petersburg. But then “No No No” has the breezy laissez-faire spring in its step of those Marseille gentlemen Moussu T, and “Chorfa” takes the solid rock-steady path.

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