World Music

African Night Fever: Saidi Kanda and Mvula-Mandondo

About this event

Spiced up East African music with a modern twist.

Hailing from Tanzania and learning his craft from his grandfather, Saidi Kanda has become one of the most talented and revered multi-instrumentalists in African traditional music.

With a sweet melodic voice and charismatic stage presence, Saidi’s performances are full of upbeat, feel-good energy.

A former member of the great Remmy Ongala’s Super Matimila Band, Saidi was awarded Womad Percussionist of the Year in 1989.

He also formed the Orchestra Baboma and performed alongside some of the greats of African music, including Papa Wemba, Kofi Olamindea and Mose Fanfan to name a few.

His latest album Ambush – a collaboration with Brighton based musician Edward Shearer – led to the formation of Mvula-Mandondo.

This promises to be an evening of evocative music, sizzling beats, new sounds, and sensational vocals; a musical journey through the African Savannah.

Afro-Caribbean food will be available from 6.30pm on the night from the Soul Food Sisters. No pre-booking necessary. Meat and vegetarian options are available.

Please note, this event is primarily configured for standing and dancing. Limited seating is available to book for those who require it. Seating will be positioned around the edge of the auditorium, and visibility may be impacted.

Age Guidance 16+

  • Date
    Sat, March 30, 2024
  • Start time 8:00 PM
  • Price £17.00 - £19.00
  • Duration 120 Minutes
  • Event format Seated / Standing
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