Tunde Jegede is a 21st century Renaissance man who bridges African and European musical traditions. He is an internationally renowned kora player, cellist and composer, whose soul-stirring music blends the ebb and flow of traditional kora-playing with his own dynamic contemporary compositions.
In this unique solo concert listeners are taken on a journey to the heart of Malian griot culture bringing Tunde’s sound worlds and rich musical legacies to life. With re-imagined cinematic imagery of ancient Africa, it is a meditative musical experience that touches on the very essence of our being. Tunde Jegede’s music is at once an intimate and personal reflection – a cultural expression that transcends boundaries.
Tunde Jegede grew up in London where his father was artist in residence at the Keskidee Centre, Britain’s first Black Arts Centre, and where Tunde encountered a range of black artists and activists including Bob Marley, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Angela Davis. In the Gambia he studied the kora and the ancient Griot tradition of West Africa; in London he studied the cello and western composition.
As a composer he has worked with many major classical orchestras but also for film, theatre, dance, opera and music theatre productions. He has also worked in the jazz field with former members of the Jazz Warriors and formed his own jazz ensemble, the Jazz Griots. He also keeps his creative diversity intact by writing for vocalists and spoken word artists in the pop, R ‘N’B, Reggae and Hip Hop fields.
There will be a short support set of songs from young local rising star Victor Yugire.
Under 18 tickets will be available for £7.00 by contacting the venue.
WORKSHOPS LED BY TUNDE JEGEDE
1. Workshop and talk for students, musicians and members of the public
An introduction to the Kora (West African Harp) and the Griot tradition that dates back to the 13th century.
Wed 12th July
6pm to 7pm / £10.00
Location – Black Swan, 69 Westgate Rd, NE1 1SG
2. Creative music workshop for musicians and students of music
An exploration of composition from an African perspective. This workshop can be for people of mixed musical abilities and instruments as long as they are able to bring their own instruments.
90 – 120 minutes
Musical competence – Intermediate to advanced
Maximum number of participants – 20
Thursday 13th July
10.30am / £15.00
Location – Upstairs in The Jazz Cafe, 25-27 Pink Lane NE1 5DW
PRICE FOR BOTH WORKSHOPS : £20.00
Tickets for concert and workshops available from The Jazz Cafe 0191 222 9882
When booking for a workshop please leave your phone or other contact details in case arrangements are changed