AFLA SACKEY & AFRIK BAWANTU
Afrik Bawantu is a 10-piece orchestra producing African rhythm-driven, dance inducing fusion with traditional roots, formed by Ghanaian vocalist and djembe drummer Afla Sackey.
Afrik Bawantu’s original compositions blend highlife from West African percussion and more funk,rock genres, enhancing the cross-cultural collaboration. The uplifting rhythm section in harmony with roaring brass accompanied by high-powered bass lines creates a powerful Afro-Funk sound with an energy that drives audiences to the dance floors. Their music is about unity and togetherness. Afla was inspired by homelessness and refugee crisis when writing his compositions.
Alfa’s talent has been recognised by many well-established musicians whom he has collaborated with and played as a session musician. Great artists such as Sun Ra, Ginger Baker, Seun Kuti, Sons Of Kemet, Tony Allen, Yaaba Funk, Dele Sosimi and many more.
Afrik Bawantu has been invited to the BBC Radio Theatre to be a part of Global Beats program in 2015 and to perform live at Outlook Inspirations 50’s Anniversary Awards in 2016. They have performed at numerous festivals in the UK and Europe. In London they have headlined the Africa on the Square festival in 2015 and London African Festival. Other major festivals include Shambala, Secret Garden Party, Back2Black, Green Man Festival, Africa Utopia, Fieldview Festival and others. Jam?in Jette Festival in Brussels has had the band twice within half a year.
“The stunningly international 10-piece [Afrik Bawantu] band take traditional Ghanaian music and scorching Afro-beat grooves and give them a funky fusion twist.” – TIME OUT
“Afrik Bawantu blends vibrant African percussions to a funky horn section, spreading their Afro Funk energy to everyone in the audience.” – THE BARBICAN