BBE in-stores: Coming up

We are delighted to welcome the wonderful John Armstrong to The BBE Store to celebrate his new compilation ‘Afrobeat Brasil’. The double vinyl/CD album is to be released on June 30th, but will be available exclusively in-store on the day.

The African beat’s always been essential to Brazil’s music. But now the new generation of musicians, singers and rappers are tweaking the basics of Fela’s funk to fit with samba swing, bossa tempo and nordestino nous. John Armstrong’s new compilation Afrobeat Brasil features 14 blazing tracks from 2011 to 2017 that nod towards Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mali and beyond – with feet firmly in Brazil. For the first time outside Brazil, a careful selection of modern Afrobeat- inspired tunes from across several Brazilian genres, taking in cutting-edge players from Rio, São Paulo, Salvador, Porto Alegre –and even Paris. No slavish Fela Kuti copycats these, but rather Afrobeat and other specific African tempos and rhythms used as a blueprint, a building- block for new directions in Brazilian music.

John started playing records in and around London in the late 70s, after a Eureka moment at one of the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals in the mid-70s, from which he returned with interviews from everyone from Allen Toussaint to Betty Carter (many of which were published in the now-defunct Jazz & Blues Review). His first dj residency was at the Belsize Park Town & Country Club (60ts & northern), followed by Greek Street’s Beat Route club (jump blues and 40s r &b), and the Whisky-A-Gogo (before it became the Wag).

The shop opens at 12pm and music will starts at 3 till 8pm.
FREE ENTRY! All ages welcome & kid friendly. Food & drink available next door at The Institute of Light.

Date: Saturday 24 June

Time: 3pm - 8pm

Place: BBE Store at IOL