Sounds of the World #8

Sounds of the World brings critically acclaimed global musicians to Woolwich, creating a platform to share live music with local audiences. Join us on Saturday 20th April where we bring the best of world music straight to the Tramshed.

We begin the night with Cameroon-born Muntu Valdo’s music, which is rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions with striking modernity and technical mastery. He’s travelled all over the world and played alongside some of the great names of African and international music including Ali Farka Touré, Manu Dibango, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Damon Albarn, Richard Bona, Boubakar Traoré and Lucinda Williams just to name a few. His mesmerizing solo set juxtaposes his raw, passionate voice and intensely emotive melodies, intricate African guitar lines with an ingenious use of loops and effects to create sun-kissed groove heavy Sawa Blues.

Our second act of the night will be Namlo, who merge the unique blend of beautiful melodies and irresistible rhythms inspired by the diverse folk traditions, cultures and landscapes of Nepal. Fusing indigenous Nepalese folk with a range of global influences played by a fabulous array of top notch world musicians, Namlo brings together cross-cultural rhythms from West Africa to Latin America, as well as Congolese drums,, Nepalese percussion, west  American guitar riffs and gorgeous soaring vocals.

The band has featured on BBC Radio 3’sGlobal Beats show and played the Southbank Centre, Liberty Festival in Queen Elizabeth Park, London Jazz Festival, , Greenwich & Dockland Festival, Union Chapel, Richmix and many, many more across the UK.

Sounds of the World is a partnership between South East musician and promoter Ganga Thapa and Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre.  ‘We live in a remarkably diverse society, but sometimes we forget our communities because of lack of time’ (Ganga Thapa).