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THE PLAYGROUND PARTY

Sat 11th July 2015, 2:00pm – 11:00pm

THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES

Pioneers of the London Acid Jazz scene, The Brand New Heavies, are a British music institution whose unique mix of jazz, funk and soul has lit up the UK music scene for well over two decades. In the wake of the 25th anniversary of Acid Jazz (the label that signed ‘The Heavies’ in 1990), 2013 saw the release their first full studio album in nearly seven years: ‘Forward’, featuring original vocal collaborator N’Dea Davenport and introducing new vocalist Dawn Joseph.

Over the years The Brand New Heavies have been responsible for some of the UK’s biggest R & B/ soul tracks, scoring 16 top 40 singles including ‘Dream On Dreamer’ and ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, as well as over two million album sales.


SETH LAKEMAN

Westcountry folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman has successfully steered English folk into the mainstream with high-energy performances and a series of best-selling albums including his current album WORD OF MOUTH which entered the charts at No.20 on release in February 2014 to rave reviews:

“…his finest in years.” EVENING STANDARD


FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE

His first record was released in 1995 by Tabu/Motown, followed four years later by Shoki Shoki (MCA), which garnered widespread critical acclaim. In 2001 he collaborated with Common and Mos Def on Fight to Win, an effort to cross over to a mainstream audience, and started touring the United States with Jane’s Addiction. In 2004 he opened New Afrika Shrine, his club, where he recorded the live album Africa Shrine.

After a 4-year absence due to personal setbacks, he re-emerged in 2008 with Day by Day and Africa for Africa in 2010, for which he received two Grammy nominations. In 2012 he was both inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame (the most prestigious music awards in Nigeria), was the opening act on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ European arena tour and became an Ambassador for Amnesty International. He continues to expand the diversity of his artistry on his current album No Place for My Dream (2013) while continuing to an enormous figure in the stand for Africa and human rights – as well as a judge on Nigeria’s huge TV show Nigerian Idol !

Few can genuinely carry the title a “living legend”. Femi Kuti is certainly one of them.

“Femi is an upgraded model of his father, Fela, leaner, enhanced for clubland, sonically stronger”
TIME OUT

“One of the true giants of African music”
Q MAGAZINE


BBC BIG BAND feat. CLARE TEAL

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading and most versatile Orchestras, The BBC Big Band continues to delight audiences around the world through their broadcasts on BBC Radio and their live performances at some of the UK’s premier events and venues – including Proms in the Park, The Royal Albert Hall and the Bridgewater Hall, to name a few.

“A wonderful band!”
Tony Bennett

“They brilliantly continue the tradition of Big Band music. As such they are important, as well as marvelous!”
Michael Parkinson

Clare Teal is one of the UK’s most celebrated and much loved jazz singers, as well as a prolific recording artist and BBC Radio 2 broadcaster. To date she has recorded and released 13 albums to public and critical acclaim. Her stunning voice, encyclopaedic knowledge of jazz, swing and big band music, and her innate warmth and wit have made Clare one of the most sought after singers and broadcasters in the country.

“Clare has a timeless sound to her voice and classic touch”
Jamie Cullum

“The new first lady of Jazz”
Independent


UBUNYE

Imagine the raw power of African voices in harmony; the pounding rhythm of Africa blended with the explosive energy of a live band.

This young and vibrant group of Zulu performers and seasoned musicians from UK reach back into the past to combine ancient tradition with contemporary flare.

UBUNYE are currently touring the UK delivering a soulful- goose bump inducing-performance of original pieces cleverly fused with Southern African songs.

Its a total multi-cultural experience.


GARFORTH JAZZ ROCK BAND

Formed in 2003 GJRB has gone on to become one of the busiest and best youth jazz ensembles in the country, performing all over the UK, and touring Ireland, Germany and South Africa.



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