Big Ben Jorge + Munto Valdo

When:28 Jun, 6.30pm
Where:St Mary’s Music Hall
8 Church End
E17 9RJ
Tube: Walthamstow Central
020 8520 1430
Cost:From £8

St Mary’s Music Hall celebrates its first birthday party by hosting Big Ben Jorge. Having drawn members from bands including Electric Jalaba, Teotima, Cocos Lovers, Haraket and Flying Ibex, this band springs from a love of…well…Brazilian pop music. With influences ranging from Samba to Northeastern and baiao styles, this diverse gathering of musicians found common ground in the toothsome grooves and nimble melodies of the Brazilian chart music of the 70’s and 80’s. Particularly, of course, that of Brazilian pop legend Jorge Ben Jor, BBJ’s namesake. They pay heady homage to these artists, and the result is explosive and gripping to see live.
Munto Valdo plays Sawa blues, a term that Valdo himself has coined for his own music. At the root of the songs is a rhythmic and melodic sensibility that flows from the rich wellspring of timeless Cameroonian folk music, enriched by a wide range of idioms that are part of the African Diaspora, from Brazilian samba to American soul and jazz.

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