Club in Edinburgh, Scotland
will host the launch of "ALLEZ!",
the new album by Scottish-based band,
Starting at 7pm on March 19, this
7-member group--originally formed
for a one-off concert to benefit Scottish
International Relief--will be performing
their own heady blend of African guitar
pop, called "Bassa Beat",
which is described as a cross between
Salif Keita and The Byrds, with shades
of Peter Gabriel and the Afro-Celts.
Multicultural, multilingual, and multi-talented,
Zuba delivers "a highly danceable
message of tolerance, hope and happiness"
(Sunday Herald), and has been hailed
as "one of Britain's best world-music
acts" (The Daily Record).
Band-members write: "Since day
one, Zuba have strongly believed in
music as a way of fighting for a better
world and they have current connections
with charities such as Amnesty International,
Fairtrade, the Big Issue, and now
One World Beat!". Lead singer
Jerry Boweh has just launched his
own charity, AYDAP (African Youth
Development Action Project), to open
an exchange between youngsters from
deprived areas in Scotland and Liberia
through music, culture, and sport.
Zuba spent the summer recording "ALLEZ!",
which is the culmination of its 7-year
voyage to seek out new musical territory,
and which "boldly goes where
no Liberian / French / Scottish /
Ghanaian / Ugandan musical partnership
has gone before". On their travels
they have supported Manu Chao, Femi
Kuti, Papa Wemba, Salsa Celtica, Martyn
Bennett, Ifang Bondi, Abdul T-Jay
and many others. Their tracks have
been on the air from Berlin to New
Mexico, through Brazil and Norway,
and are one of Mary Ann Kennedy's
favourites on her Celtic Connections
program on BBC Radio Scotland.
Jerry visited his homeland Liberia
in April and was interviewed on national
radio and TV, where Zuba's exiled
grooves were well received back home.
Zuba's current line-up is the strongest
and most varied they have had so far:
Jerry Boweh, the lead singer, is from
a lineage of griots from the Bassa
tribe (Liberia), his melodies mostly
West African but strongly influenced
by reggae and Southern-African grooves.
Jerry also conducts the "Glasgow
Gospel Choir". Robin, native
of the Scottish island Islay, brings
some Celtic sparkle with his magic
fingerpicking. Playing guitar professionally
for ten years, he has been touring
all over Europe with the folk bands
"Tannas" and "Runt
O' The Litter".
Jacob Chaudeurge, started by learning
African drumming in Paris, then studied
his Latin skills in Bogota and Santiago
de Cuba. Active on the Glasgow scene,
he plays also in "SambaYaBamba"
(carnival drumming) and "Sweet-T
and the Section" (dub). Bass
player Andy Wood has been in Zuba
from the start and developed his highly
melodic and energetic playing influenced
by Zimbabwean music styles and John
Entwistle (The Who). Prior to Zuba,
Woody played with "Aunty Rose"
(funk/rock), where he contracted the
"jump on stage" syndrome!
After studying jazz at the famous
Berklee College of Music, Alasdair
MacDonald was a session player with
a number of bands before becoming
the rhythmical engine of Zuba. Anna
MacDonald, who leads the song "Mes
Fantomes", used to sing in the
funk band "Engine". Rosemary
Amoani toured around Europe as a professional
dancer before moving in Glasgow.
For more information please contact
Jacob, Zuba's manager/percussionist
or Zuba's agent, Ian Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Adastra Agency, 1 Holme
Road, DE4 3NU Matlock Bath, Derbyshire.
For Zuba general contact, email email@example.com.
See Zuba in a virtual-showcase containing
video, music and pictures, hosted
at the virtual
world music exposition.
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