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Gabbidon

Basil Gabbidon was a founding father of British reggae legends, Steel Pulse.  After four successful albums and three Grammy nominations with the band, Basil left to form the Reggae Rock band ‘Bassdance’, producing and recording two albums ‘Loud’ and ‘Louder’.  Now Basil Gabbdion is back with a supergroup, the eponymously named GABBIDON – a reggae […]

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July Julay

  Originally from the Dominican Republic, Bachata and Salsa singer, July Julay is now resident in Manchester, UK.  His vocal expertise has gained him recognition throughout Latin America and has led to TV and radio performances around the Globe. Upon moving to the UK, July rapidly established a reputation as one of the leading Bachata […]

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Samara

Described by the Raqs Britannia website as one of the UK’s best-kept secrets, Samara, who is of North African descent, is a professional Arabic dancer specialising in the Egyptian Saaidi and Baladi styles. She trained with folkloric masters Farida Fahmy, Mohamed Khazafy and Amel Tafsoot and she has become well-known for her fun and uplifting […]

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Jokeh

Jokeh is a Gambian Dance Artist internationally recognised for her knowledge and inspirational teaching techniques of traditional West African Manding Dance. She is the manager of one of the leading drum and dance ballet troops in Gambia, African Dance.  This collective was established in 1989 and includes artists from Guinea, The Gambia and Senegal , […]

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Golty Farabeau

Golty Farabeau is a reggae musician born in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.  His international career was launched when he was one a few selected artists from the Indian Ocean chosen to represent the islands’ music industry internationally.  During this time he played at festivals in both the Middle East and Europe, as well […]

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Calaita

Calaita are a five-piece flamenco group based in Manchester, UK. Group members include Chico Pere – voice and guitar, Diana Castro – voice, Glenn Sharp – guitar, Leo Paredes – Cajón and Matt Nickson – flute and saxophone. Calaita offer authentic flamenco in the UK. Their live concerts include traditional styles such as bulerias, alegrias, […]

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Kanchan Maradan

Performer, teacher and choreographer Kanchan Maradan has been dancing since childhood. She completed an MA in Kathak, one of the classical dances of India, under the guidance of Prerana Shrimali, doyen of Jaipur Gharana. She is also a trained Indian vocalist. A registered artist with ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) since 2004, she has […]

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Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh

Born into a family of traditional oral historians or Griots in The Gambia, Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh is a master of the African harp or Kora, an instrument built from a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator with a notched bridge like a lute or guitar. Jali has […]

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Awad Absin

Sudanese musician, Awad Absin, started his musical journey at four years old when he began making drums out of milk tins, pots and sauce pans. He then made his first riq (a type of traditional Arabic tambourine) and started to sing folk songs.  His family were soon encouraging him to sing and play at social […]

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PapaSam Alafia

Sam Maitland, aka Papa Sam Alafia, moved to the UK in the late 1980s from Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. Sam has recorded and performed with many African and international artists He has played music extensively throughout the UK and has performed live at a number of festivals, renowned venues like the African Centre at […]

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