Fri, 02 Jun|
The Post Bar
Waaju + Volta45
Waaju are back! Fresh from their spectacular Maida Vale session with Gilles Peterson, we are so excited to host them at their much-loved local hotspot, The Post Bar!
Time & Location
02 Jun 2023, 20:00 – 03 Jun 2023, 03:00
The Post Bar, 316 High Rd, London N15 4BP, UK
About the Event
Waaju’s energy builds, weaving psychedelic soundscapes through potent beats, transcending the stage and melting into bodies. With a unique approach to a familiar sound, they rise from London’s rich cultural palette. Comprised of members from the bands of Mulatu Astatke, Jordan Rakei, Alfa Mist, Ashley Henry, Chelsea Carmichael, Nubiyan Twist and many more, Waaju has released two highly successful albums with Olindo Records, which have been championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Jazz FM & Jordan Rakei.
In their most recent project, Waaju collaborated with a true legend of Moroccan Gnawa music - Majid Bekkas - for a live session on Gilles Peterson's BBC6 Music show at Maida Vale studios described by Gilles as "one of the most well received live sessions I've ever had, on either 6 Music or Radio 1", as well as sold-out shows at London's Church of Sound and Bristol's Strange Brew. The two shows were recorded for a live album for release in the autumn, as well as part of the 6 Music live session being personally selected by Gilles for a compilation of his favourite live sessions for release with Barely Breaking Even records.
"Sometimes the music on 'Grown' feels like a trick of the light; it grooves so hard but it still sounds so delicate. Even in the heaviest moments, Waaju play with a wonderful lightness of touch" - Jazzwise Magazine ****
"('Grown' is) a majestic spiritual jazz masterpiece" - Songlines Magazine ****
Volta45 (Bernard Johnson-Tackie) is a Ghanaian born, London based record collector, DJ, writer, archivist and creative head of the The Goldenstool Project. He travels the world digging for records which would have been otherwise forgotten in time. His musical style is heavily influenced by Jazz, and is very percussive; playing a distinctive mix of afro funk, jazz, highlife and African influenced sounds from South America and beyond, making him one of the most sought after DJs on the afro scene in London.
His ‘Doin Our Own Thing’ nights, in the East End of London, are legendary, and he has also been a regular on the European and UK music festival scene. He has over the lockdown period curated a 5-part podcast documenting the history of Highlife music from 1920 to present. The podcast was recently featured in SongLines Magazine and Music in Africa(Paris).
Volta45 has collaborated with various bands and record labels, notably Soundway Records(Konkoma), Kalita Records, Yaaba Funk, Fofoula(offshoot of Outhouse Ruhabi), Hewale Soundz(Ghana) to name but a few. He is currently working with a Ghanaian jazz outfit whose single will be out on his GoldenStool label imprint later on this year.
2100 - 2300 DJ
2300 - 0015 Waaju
0015 - Close Volta 45
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