Magazine article New African

Bringing African Music to the World. (Music/Film)

Magazine article New African

Bringing African Music to the World. (Music/Film)

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Musicians from Tanzania, Ghana, Zaire, Senegal, Kenya and Guinea gathered recently at the London Astoria on the latest stop of a tour that has taken the Festival of African Music (FESTAM) across Europe since it began in 1997.

Despite the disappointment of Mansour Seck and Baba Maal being unable to play due to travel difficulties, the night was a predictable success.

Mossi Konde charmed the London audience and left them in awe with his magical performance on the kora. The serenity he left behind on stage was shattered by the thunder-like drumming of Dade Krama from their latest release -- Ancestral Dance. Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga, Pape Fall and DJ's Serengeti Sound System completed the night with energetic and highly individual sets.

According to the London-based promoters, Dada Lamptey and Margaret Agana of the African Music Agency (AMA), organisers of FESTAM and other similar events, the main aim for the future is to ensure that African music gets the widest possible audience. "AMA will support anybody who is working within that forum to get where they want to go," said Margaret Agana.

"We have rehearsal and recording studios; an administrative base where people can get information: how to tour -- representation for contracts -- everything. …

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