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Namvula
Artist
United Kingdom
Influences: African , West European
Genres: afrofolk, african, fusion, world, zambian
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Fusing the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland and her Scottish roots with London’s eclectic music scene, Namvula blends African sounds and rhythms with Latin, jazz and folk into uplifting and emotive songs. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music transports listeners into different worlds, whilst staying firmly rooted in African soil.

One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi-award winning Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitarist Anoushka Shankar. She is working with some of the UK’s most respected African, jazz and folk musicians, including Mercury-nominated bassist and producer Liran Donin and saxophonist Chris Williams, percussionist Mamadou Sarr(Baaba Maal, Carlou D), and guitarist Jack Ross (Cerys Matthews, John Surman).

Namvula’s forthcoming debut album ‘Shiwezwa’, produced by bassist Liran Donin and mixed by Sonny (Fatoumata Diawara), has been tipped to be “one of the major roots releases in the coming months” by fRoots magazine. Release date: 3 November 2014

“Beautiful music. Namvula is a great new star poised and ready for orbit” WOMaTT

“A performance worth ululating about!”Daily Mail, Zambia