Asazi Space Funk Explosion
Asazi Space Funk Explosion first came together in the summer of 2003 in a darkened basement in London’s Camden. A combination of South African Kholeho “Asazi” Mosala’s rabble-rousing vocals and traditional percussion, and UK-born Alex Marten’s spacey, dubbed-out keys and skanking guitar fx, they initially played a string of gigs in North London with a motley ever-changing crew of rhythm sections, cobbled together from some of the best session and gigging musicians in London at the time. In 2006, they moved up to Edinburgh where they recruited Caroline Scott, a trained jazz drummer naturally tuned to the crazed syncopations of the Asazi sound, and Andy Farina, a stalwart bassist on the Edinburgh scene. Blending traditional African vocal stylings and marimba (wooden xylophone) with cutting edge 21st century sounds and a tight, funked up rhythm section, this was when they came into their own. A string of legendary, packed-out gigs at Edinburgh’s Jazz Bar, Bongo Club, Left Bank, Outhouse, Forest Café and at the Knockengorroch Festival in Dumfriesshire brought them a new fan-base, not quite sure what they were hearing but wanting more of this strange, other-worldly funk and of Asazi’s powerful, magnetic personality and irresistible, treacle-rich voice.
Urang Matang are a Scottish five piece band, specialising in their own blend of Ska and Reggae. Fluently mixing reworked classics with tracks from three original albums, Urang Matang always generate an upbeat that is hard to resist, and chill out a groove that will keep your soul blissed. Over the last few years Urang Matang have notched up a loyal fan base through playing far out festivals and blistering gigs all round Britain, whilst nailing support slots with Toots and the Maytals, The Selecter and The Skatalites.
With a new line up and a sound edgier than ever, Safehouse are going from strength to strength. As well as wowing audiences in their native Scotland Safehouse also gig in Europe, where they have a loyal fan base. Although rooted in the Blues, their repertoire covers a mix of original material & carefully chosen covers (Traffic, Tya, Moby Grape, Little Feat, Otis Rush, Bo Diddley etc..), & showcases how they can turn their hands to playing hard hitting Rock, through Blues to full blown Psychedelia!
Event: Asazi Space Funk Explosion, Urang Matang, Safehouse
Date: Saturday 10th December 2016
Time : 12:00 - 03:00
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Monday 22nd October
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Tuesday 23rd October
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