Tonight’s the night people. We’ve been banging on about it long enough – our first Tropical Beats event will be starting in a few hours.
Gracing the stage will be renowned multi-instrumentalist and dancer Seby Ntege, and the bombastic bass vibes of samba reggae troop Tribo – as if that wasn’t enough to whet you whistle, there will also be live DJ sets from the Tropical Beats crew, plus resident KtoK DJ’s Uncle Vibes & Mister Mumbles.
Before all of that though there will be film presentations from the organisations that we’ll be supporting with proceeds from the night – including KtoK Radio, In Tune For Life and Recording Africa.
Recording Africa is the brainchild of friends Tobias Brent & Olly Burton, who both harbor a strong passion for earthy world music and travelling, the pair met whilst studying music in Leeds. Eager to set up a project which united their interests – the pair created Recording Africa, a non-profit travelling record label aiming to support musicians and communities worldwide creating a fair global exchange.
Raising funds with the help of backers and donors, the pair embarked on their first trip to Senegal in 2012, I where they studied and recorded traditional sounds from the nation. The pair returned released their first music package in June 2013 – 11 golden tracks, a 30 min documentary and an accompanying 12 page booklet featuring original artwork and stories.
Tobias told us about their latest project: ‘We were approached by Liam Butcher, he’s a brilliant London based sound engineer -so we loaded him up with all the gear we had! He’s just left on a 3 month trip to Ghana to work with disabled women and children. We’re really looking forward to seeing what he comes back with… We’re also launching an Indigogo campaign this week to raise £1500 for the communities we work with, to go towards sustainable development, nutrition, education and building work’
Sound engineer Liam is headed to Sadema, a in northern Ghana which he said is ‘famous for a number important traditional genres and exciting new fusions…I can’t wait to document the incredible music and in exchange offer aid to communities that need it the most’
On top of the incredible work the guys are doing (100% of the profits go straight back into the Recording Africa community account), the recordings they bring are rich, vibrant, perfectly capturing the stories and traditions of the musicians they encounter. Check out this video, and come down tonight for great vibes whilst you do your bit to support them!