Tamar Osborn




Paul Bradshaw review – LIVE: Collocutor, The Grip, Steve Williamson….

Thanks Paul!!

London town regularly delivers an overwhelming array of LIVE music and the late summer has been exceptional with enlightening and stirring  sessions from  Collocutor, The Grip and Steve Willamson.

Last Monday night I caught the launch of the the Collocutor album at the Forge in Camden Town. I was introduced to the music of Collocutor by On The Corner records boss Pete Buckenham and album producer Nick Woodmansey of Emanative. Both maintained, ” You have to check them live.” and on the night I was not disappointed.

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Led by saxophonist (baritone + soprano)/flautist, Tamar Osborn, who you may know from the Fontanelles and numerous other projects, this ensemble is built around two distinctively different percussionists –  Maurizio Ravalico and Magnus Mehta – and bassist Suman Joshi. This rhythmic triumvirate provide a unique foundation for Tamar,  Simon Finch (trumpet/flugel horn), Josephine Davies (tenor) and guitarist Marco Piccioni to step…

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Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra at Sundance London 2014 – FREE EVENT

Playing after the screening of documentary Finding Fela on 27th April. More details here:

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra – FREE EVENT.

Dele Sosimi new single “TMI” OUT NOW!



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Dele Sosimi‘s much-anticipated new single “TMI (Too Much Information)” is available now on iTunes and cdbaby:


Come and join us at Afrobeat Vibration this Saturday to celebrate!

“Join us if you can, at the New Empowering Church this Saturday the 30th of March as we raise the bar higher yet again with another marathon session of keeping the Music, Spirit and Legacy of the King of Afrobeat: Fela Anikulapo Kuti alive in London.
Practical Dancing shoes a must.”

Date: Saturday, 30th of March 2013
Time: 21:00
Venue: The New Empowering Church – London – UK
Address: 1a Westgate Street; Off Mare St, London Fields; London E8 3RL; United Kingdom
Phone: 07944286822
Price: £12 OTD ~ £10ADV
Concessions: £8 B4 22:00

Afrobeat Vibration Sessions 2013 series continue with another Massive Spring throwdown!!!

Experience the tightest on da ground Spiritual Live Afrobeat sessions episode in an authentic Afrika Shrine style, with the opportunity to get down once again as Dele promises to raise the Afrobeat Vibration experience level again! An authentic Kalakuta style marathon live Afrobeat set awaits you, featuring some of Londons finest musicians, members of Dele Sosimi’s Afrobeat Orchestra + Guests with DJ Koichi droping heavy weight Afrobeat, Afro Funk, and Tropical Rhythms on the decks.

Nearest station: London Fields
Bus: 26, 48, 55, 106, 236, 254, 388, D6, N26, N55, N253
Map: Google map

Text names to 07944286822 for £10 advance reservation guest list.
£10 advance tickets are also available online. Click Ticket or copy & paste following link in your browser:



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Emanative live @ Another Sunday Afternoon at Dingwalls 2012, hosted by Gilles Peterson & Patrick Forge

We had an amazing time playing at the annual jazz dance haven/heaven that is Another Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls. What a great crowd, and what a lovely bunch of musicians to work with! There are some very nice pics on Gilles Peterson’s website:

Here’s a sneaky peek, go check out the rest!

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Elia & the Low Tears @ Dublin Castle, Camden, 18th Oct 2012

11th October 2012
100 Wardour Street
London W1F 0TN

020 7314 4000

“if you enjoyed FELA! you’ll love this……………….”
Afrobeat , dub , Ethio Funk and more heavy horn laden grooves
A firing 10 peice band playing uplifting original music in the spirit of great African big bands………………
The Fontanelles, from 9:30pm – 12am,The Fontanelles, a new band made up of established musicians from the world of Jazz, African and Reggae music. Collectively the band have played with the likes of Johnny Clarke, Keziah Jones, Chartwell Dutiro, Aswad, Courtney Pine, Plan B and Dele Sosimi to name a few. The band’s sound can be described as big band afrobeat infused with elements of funk , reggae and jazz
‘a terrific 12 piece band who intensify the music’s seductively repetitive rhythms’
The Independent
‘the on stage band works up a storm as they pound through Fela Kuti’s hits to electrifying effect’
The Metro

Africa Express

I’m very excited to be taking part in the Africa Express UK tour starting tomorrow (part of the London 2012 Festival) – a meeting of  established and up-and-coming African and western artists to create something new and unexpected. Every gig will be a little bit different……..

Here’s a description from the website:

“Africa Express began with a trip to Mali in 2006 and has since bought together some of the best musicians from around the world. Over the course of three more trips to Africa and a series of acclaimed concerts in Britain, France, Spain and Nigeria, Africa Express has evolved into what one national newspaper has called “the most revolutionary force in popular music in two decades”.

At our last major show in August 2010, an audience of more than 50,000 people enjoyed a five-hour show featuring more than 120 artists from Africa, Spain, Britain and the US.

Africa Express Sound System also headlined Standon Calling this summer.


In September 2012 Africa Express will travel through the UK, bringing together African and Western musicians for an inspirational week for artists and audiences alike. Unexpected gigs in unexpected places. 
Visits to schools, factories, homes and local clubs. Each day, each town, each show will be different.

After a week of magic and mayhem, the tour arrives in London. A united army of musicians armed with new music will be ready for a finale show – a collaborative musical epic that defies musical and geographical boundaries.
All aboard the Africa Express…”

Some of the artists taking part are:

Tony Allen, Carl Barât, Toumani Diabate, Nicolas Jaar, Krar Collective, Kyla La Grange, M1 (Dead Prez), M.anifest, Spoek Mathambo, John McClure (Reverend and the Makers), Nneka, The Temper Trap, Marques Toliver, Gilles Peterson, Rae Morris, Rye Rye, The Very Best (Soundsystem), Rizzle Kicks, Amadou & Mariam, Damon Albarn, Baloji, Charli XCX, Fatoumata Diawara, Jupiter & Okwess International, Kano, Bassekou Kouyate, Baaba Maal, The Noisettes, Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club), Rokia Traoré, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Thandiswa, Bashy, Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Maxïmo Park, EL, Eliza Doolittle, Lucy Rose, The Bots, Rachel Unthank, Reeps One, Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers), and Rae Morris…..

(For a full list of artists, dates and tickets click HERE)

It’s going to be great – I hope you can join us somewhere along the way!


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