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Rank #39 UK London, UK World / Afro Gipsy Beat / Arabic Funk Ethio Jazz


Sounds Like: Fela Kuti, Mulatu Astatke/The Heliocentrics, James Brown, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra

Bio: Awalé’s debut album “ Just Have To Grow” is out now. It was co-produced by Nick Page (Dub Colossus). Most of the album was recorded live in one room over two days at the Fishmarket Studios in North London. It features special guest appearances such as the critically acclaimed british flautist Gar... See Full Bio

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“Sweet-voiced frontwoman Badiaa Bouhrizi winds her deceptively effortless vocals around often challenging arrangements. The opening track, an Afro-beat excursion sprinkled with tempo changes and sung in English is a case in point. Highlights are numerous: 'Mulatu', a glorious paean to the 'Daddy from Addy', sees Bouhrizi's Arabic lyrics flying over heavy Ethiopian horn work from saxophonist Ben Somers and trumpet-player Joe Auckland, both of whom shine on the similarly fabulous 'Merhaba'. The ringing African guitar of Frenchman Thibaut Remy stands out alongside soaring flute work by guest Gareth Lockrane on the final track, 'Ndeke' - a nearly seven minute long instrumental that begs repeated listening.”
— Jane Cornwell, Songlines
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  • 2013

    Jul 14

    London, UK | 8:00pm
    Shoreditch Festival
    London, UK
    Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:00pm
  • 2013

    Jul 5

    Brighton, UK | 8:00pm

    Brighton, UK
    Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:00pm
  • 2013

    Jun 23

    Tunis, TN | 4:00pm
    Musée de Carthage
    Tunis, TN
    Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:00pm
  • 2013

    Jun 21

    London, UK | 8:00pm

    London, UK
    Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:00pm


    Fri June 21- South London Soul Train host Jazzheadchronic returns with this dancefloor busting Free entry Bi-Monthly event - This time alongside special guests, The Afro-Infused, righteously Funked up AWALE, performing Live. From the side of the DJ Expect the finest in funk & the rarest in groove as JHC and a collection of roving special guests gets deep, up close and personal with their collections of original deep dancefloor monsters. Then to now.

  • 2013

    Jun 9

    London, UK | 7:30pm

    London, UK
    Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:30pm


    AWALÉ + Ruby & The Rib Cage + Jack Peachey + Vivienne Youel + Kirsty Keogh

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