- April 22nd Friday 1:00pm: Teymour Housego @ Clore Ballroom (Southbank Centre Belvedere Road SE1 8XX) FREE Teymour Housego has established himself as one of the UK's leading multicultural flautists. He has collaborated with numerous musicians, including Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh and Jethro Tull amongst others, and co-founded the flamenco fusion group Alcazaba. For this Alchemy appearance, he previews some tracks from his new album Haunting Bazaar, with co-composer the brilliant French guitarist and singer Yves Mesnil and a selection of other musicians.
- April 22nd Friday 7:45pm: Melissa Laveaux @ Purcell Room (Southbank Centre Belvedere Road SE1 8XX) £17.50 Twenty-four-year-old Haitian singer Mélissa Laveaux came to world attention in 2009 with music that evokes the spirit of her homeland. The music is drawn from a deep and intimate knowledge of the global musical milieu, a bilingual raw mix of acoustic soul/jazz and percussive Creole folklore - a fresh offering to the folk scene. Her lyrics, recited in her soulful and original voice, evoke Joni Mitchell, Macy Gray, Nina Simone and Rokia Traoré.
- April 23rd Saturday 8:00pm: Fernado's Kitchen @ Rich Mix (35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA) £8/11 Fernando’s Kitchen presents a Nu World music night, featuring Fernando’s Kitchen band, performing as a 6 piece line–up of spanish guitar, double-bass, oud, flamenco cajon, percussions, vocals, and trumpet. Fernando’s Kitchen is a group of multi-cultural musicians, performing their very own modern Flamenco Latin and North African music, also called Nu world music. A fusion of passionate guitar and oud melodies, exciting rhythms and mesmerising vocal
- April 24th Sunday 8:00pm: Afri-Kokoa @ Rich Mix (35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA) £7/10 On this great occasion we have the pleasure of featuring a truly innovative musical fusion of contemporary Afro-jazz (a mix of Afro-Funk and jazz) that is ‘Helele’ – a live six-piece outfit, composed of the balafon, saxophone, bass, guitar, drum and percussion. Founded in 1994 by founder Alphonse D Touna from Cameroon. A multi-skilled talented musician, composer, performer and musical instrument designer.
- April 24th Sunday 8:30pm: Talvin Singh and Niladri Kumar @ Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre Belvedere Road SE1 8XX) £11/14 A breathtaking evening of music created by two uniquely innovative musicians. Talvin Singh is known for his groundbreaking style, creating original sounds by juxtaposing Indian traditions and modern European aesthetics. He is primarily a tabla player, as well as a producer and composer, based in London. Niladri Kumar is a fifth generation sitar player with a fresh, experimental approach to his instrument known for his exploratory style of performance.
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