Lamine Sonko
& the African Intelligence

Fri | BOWLS CLUB | 5pm (solo)
Sat | CAPITAL THEATRE | 10.30pm
Sun | BOWLS CLUB| 11.45am


Lamine Sonko & The African intelligence burst onto the Australian music scene back in 2014 delivering a crowd-stopping performance to over 50,000 at Federation Square. A big band sound of African roots music, jazz and reggae, the 10 piece ensemble capture ancient pulsing rhythms accented by talking drum and virtuosic electric guitar. They have become firm favourites in the festival scene with recent WOMADelaide reviews describing their show as 'brimming with optimism and conviction in a circus of song, dance and social comment'.

The band is fronted by the charismatic, Lamine Sonko, one of Australia’s most accomplished African artists. Praised for his compelling melodies and distinct percussive blend of the traditional and contemporary, Lamine is modernising West African music while maintaining the essence of ancient sounds and stories. Through The African Intelligence, Lamine brings together the different styles of afro-beat, afro-classical soul, reggae and funk. The band have recently performed at WOMADelaide, Port Fairy Folk Festival, White Night Melbourne, Fed Square NYE, and Arts Centre Melbourne. They have just released AFRO EMPIRE, their debut album inspired by two recent trips to West Africa infusing their afro beats with a new wave of future rhythms direct from the continent.

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