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Nubiyan Twist + Hector Plimmer + Waaju + Werkha
Mar 2019 23

Nubiyan Twist + Hector Plimmer + Waaju + Werkha

EartH Hall

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Tickets: £15.50, 17.50, 19.50

Times: 7pm - 2am

Tickets selling fast!

Soul-soaked Afrobeat and Hip Hop collective Nubiyan Twist launch their highly anticipated album in one of London’s most beautiful venues

Nubiyan Twist are a collective born from Leeds’ eclectic music scene with a unique sound that draws from jazz, hip hop, African styles, Latin, R’n’B, reggae and electronics.

Orchestrated by guitarist / producer Tom Excell, the band originally met at Leeds College Of Music. The band’s enigmatic vocalist Nubiya Brandon remembers: “We were on different courses but we all went out and partied together. It was only at the end of the course that we decided to get together to jam and it happened from there.

Originally the band was a DJ, vocalist and sax set-up; I was more into writing lyrics and poetry than music at that time. The line-up quickly expanded; we used the name Ten Trick Pony because there were then 10 in the band but our eventual name came
from a moment catching Lauryn Hill on the radio, talking about a hairstyle called the ‘Nubiyan Twist’.”

Now one of the leading lights in the UK’s new generation of soulful, genre-fluid artists, the Leeds-born and now London-based 12-piece collective have created their finest recordings to date, effortlessly weaving together elements of jazz, soul, hip hop, African styles, Latin, dub, hip hop and electronics in a flow of thought-provoking and life-affirming music.

Recorded at the band’s own self-built Henwood Studio in rural Oxfordshire, Jungle Run fluidly moves through different voices from the band’s circle. The inimitable, timeless vocals of Nubiya Brandon lead the way on the album’s title track about breaking preconceptions and promoting equality, “Where you from? I’m from wherever I be.” Saxophonist Nick Richards vocals the killer first single from the album about inner turmoil and a search for the truth, ‘Tell It To Me Slowly’ while rising Ghanaian star K.O.G. appears on the Afro jams ‘Basa Basa’ and ‘They Talk’. Percussionist Pilo Adami (Nina Miranda / Afrosamba) voices the infectious bossa-jazz jam ‘Borders’. The band also draft in two African legends for guest duties with the original Afrobeat maestro Tony Allen on ‘Ghosts’ and Ethio jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke contributing vibes on the sinuous ‘Addis To London’.

At EartH, prepare to be blown away by the live debut of Nubiyan Twist‘s new tunes. With support for the night coming from Hector Plimmer (live), Waaju, and Werkha (DJ), this is going to be a big night stuffed full of Afrobeat, Hip Hop, Soul, and more that will keep you dancing until the early hours.

Pre order Jungle Run here: strut.lnk.to/JungleRun

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