Band On The Wall
Vive L’Afrique ~ Official ‘We Face Forward’ Party
In celebration of the city-wide We Face Forward festival of West African art and music, Band on the Wall are delighted to welcome us to their free festival party featuring the cream of professional West African performers and to get in the party mood, they’ll also be serving up a selection of fine West African inspired food before the show. The line-up consists of a number of West Africa’s best performers currently resident in and around the Manchester area, including:
Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh
Born into a family of traditional oral historians or Griots in The Gambia, Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh is a master of the African harp or Kora, an instrument built from a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator with a notched bridge like a lute or guitar. Jali has recently been featured on the international BBC children’s programme, Zingzillas and supported Afrocubism at their recent concert at the Bridgewater Hall.
Sam Maitland aka PapaSam Alafia
Accomplished composer songwriter and music teacher, Sam Maitland, aka Papa Sam Alafia, moved to the UK from Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa in the late 1980s. Sam toured the United States and Japan with the African band Rokoto and more recently has been working with the Post Modern African Peoples Dance Group Sakoba. He has also performed with internationally known artists such as Seal and King Masco.
The second son of a Griot family, and playing from the age of six, Sidiki has achieved acclaim throughout West Africa and Europe as a master percussionist. He has worked with various ballet and touring companies in his native Ivory Coast and in the UK. He was the featured lead percussionist and Djembefola in the international African touring circus Afrika!Afrika! Since settling in England he has appeared in festivals, worked alongside musical legends such as Salif Keita and been involved in community projects. He is acknowledged as one of the strongest percussion soloists in the UK and his unique style excites and inspires his audiences wherever he goes.
Kuwor Sylvanus Kwashie
Sylvanus Kwashie Kuwor is a Ghanaian master drummer, dancer and general practitioner of a range of dance forms from the West African sub-region. Kwashie began his performing arts and cultural training from early childhood. A graduate of the Ghanaian School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Kwashie is currently pursuing a PhD in Dance Anthropology at the University of Roehampton, where he also teaches dances from the West African sub-region on the World Music and Dance Course.
Sens Sagna & Friends
Sens is an experienced and inspirational dancer, singer and teacher from the Cassamance region of Senegal, West Africa. Cassamance has a strong history in maintaining culture through rhythm, song and dance. Sens comes from the Jolla tribe and performs and teaches both choreographed and freestyle dance, to rhythms from Jolla, Mandinka and Olof cultures. Before coming to live and work in Manchester in 2005, Sens performed and toured extensively with a number of percussion and dance ensembles in Senegal. Sens draws on his traditional heritage and his vast performance experience, to bring his African roots alive. Currently Sens provides regular dance classes and workshops; is artistic director of the vibrant performance group ‘Kajamor Family’ as well as collaborating with a range of other artists at events throughout the country.
Presented by Band on the Wall in association with We Face Forward - a season of contemporary art and music from West Africa, celebrated across Manchester as part of the London 2012 Festival. www.wefaceforward.org
7.30pm / FREE
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
TUSK presents DIGITS live
TUSK are proud to present a special one-off show, featuring a stellar line up including DIGITS (Live), John Thorp (Work Them), Shapes and the TUSK residents for a very special night of music in the newly opened 2022NQ off Dale Street. Adding to the feel on the night will be some fantastic live visuals from some amazing local artists.
Digits is Alt Altman, a melancholy minimalist synthpop/R&B artist from Toronto, currently living in Berlin after six months in London. In April 2012, Digits went from being almost unknown to becoming a critical darling among newspaper critics, online magazines and influential blogs with the release of a 12-song mixtape of all-original songs called ‘Death and Desire‘. It featured a remix by minimalist R&B pop artist Nite Jewel (Secretly Canadian). The release instantly found an audience among webzines, with Prefix, Clash Magazine, Exclaim, and Dummy all posting the mixtape in its entirety on their sites, with glowing reviews. Features in The Guardian and the Toronto Star (Canada’s most-read newspaper) followed. Performing using two synthesizers, a laptop, and a looping pedal to reproduce his songs live, Digits has opened for YACHT, Class Actress, Au Palais, Mmoths and Dan Black. You really should head over to his website to check out more of his music; DIGITS
John Thorp / Shapes / TUSK
John Thorp is a writer, DJ, admin assistant, former sex shop worker and failed stand-up comedian from Manchester. In 2011 he, along with a few friends, established Work Them, a forward thinking alt disco dedicated to future classic, current groovers and records that still sound as fresh as any.
Also making an appearance tonight is Scott from new weekly clubnight, Shapes. Providing punters with their fill of indie, electro, disco and everything in-between, Scott will be treating us to a special set featuring a choice selection of records that span every genre imaginable.
Last but by no means least on the bill are the TUSK residents will be filling in the gaps, playing you the best house, disco and any other oddities they can find in their record bag.
10pm – 3am / £4 adv / £5 otd
2022NQ / 20-22 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EZ
Matt & Phreds
Manchester Jazz Festival ~ Dub Jazz Soundsystem
A unique collective of talented young jazz musicians from the North West, The Dub Jazz Soundsystem features musicians from The Riot Jazz Brass Band, Skamel and Marley Chingus. This exciting project brings together their virtuosic jazz backgrounds with their love of the skanked-up grooves of dub and reggae. The resulting music is a breathtaking combination of bass-heavy, down-tempo, dub grooves and far-out modal-jazz explorations. Misha Gray (Piano & Keyboards), Dave Spencer (Bass), Johnny Hunter (Drums) and Sharlene Squire (Vocals). Unfortunately regular band member Nick Walters on Trumpet can’t make tonight’s gig so instead the band will be joined by Steve Parry (Trumpet) and Dan Healy (Horn).
10pm-1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
9pm-4am / FREE
Dusty Pop Presents Lithium State / Minutes To Recover / The Advocates / The Cornerstones
Dusty Pop put on yet another showcase of new talent, this time in the guise of Lithium State, Minutes To Recover, The Advocates and The Cornerstones.
4Q IN THE DARK present Josh Turbill / Jordan Turbill and more
For their July party 4Q In The Dark are teaming up with a group of DJs known for putting on some epic parties. Half Full have played host to some awesome talent since their inception in April 2011 and for their next appearance Half Full are coming over to Dry Live for a free party to showcase what there ‘sound’ is really like. The line-up is Josh Turbill, Jordan Turbill and James Storr, all from Half Full alongside Ronny Gill from 4Q / Micron.
11pm – 4pam / FREE
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
The Ruby Lounge
Sub Doves + guests The Royals
Sub Doves are a Doves tribute band set up purely because the band members have a love for the band and their music. In their opinion the Doves “epitimise the talent of the North West music scene with their diverse and unique style of sheer brilliance.” The band is made up of Pete Morley (Bass, Guitar, Vocals), Phil Gallagher (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Ant Whelan (Drums & Percussion, Vocals) and Craig Smith (Keyboards & Percussion). I don’t know how close to the real thing Sub Doves will sound, but I personally love Doves so this seems like as good excuse as any to put the video to one of my favourite tracks of theirs on here!!!
7.30pm / £6
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
‘Saturdays’ at Soup Kitchen
The guys at Soup Kitchen have gone for a simple solution when it came to naming their regular Saturday night event and consequently it will be called… er… “Saturdays”! The night will exhibit friends and local talents in the cavernous surroundings of their underground dancing den. They have DJs on rotation in the Kitchen and hand the cellar over to a different promotion every week.
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF
Summerjam with Bury Tomorrow / Heart In Hand / Heart of a Coward & many more
Mutiny present Summerjam, a 3 day indoor mini-festival taking place in 2 venues across Manchester including Moho on the Saturday and Sunday day/night. Summerjam is in its inaugural year and takes place from Friday 20th through to Sunday 22nd July. Moho is taking care of business on the Saturday and Sunday nights and you can get tickets for either night or get a pass for both. The packed line-ups for the two Moho nights is below;
Saturday 21 July
Bury Tomorrow / Heart In Hand / Heart of a Coward / Azriel / With One Last Breathe / Shadows Chasing Ghosts / Martyr Defiled / Carcer City / The Final Crisis
Sunday 22 July
Brutality will Prevail / Broken Teeth / Hang the Bastard / By My Hands / Crossbreaker / Prowler / Breaking Point / Split Case / Survival
2pm / £10 Saturday only / £16 two day pass / £20 all three days
Moho Live continues its new regular Saturday night, Club Moho. During the night, in the Main Room, Jorge will play anything and everything commercial; pop, indie, dance, rnb, dance, you name it, Jorge will play it. While in Room 2 Glen from Coup De Ville hosts spinning old skool hip hop and electro. It’s £5 in all night (unless you find one of their flyering team and get a FREE ticket) and there are some drinks specials too for those looking for some value from their night out.
11pm – 4am / £4 Adv /£5
Moho Live / Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Abigail Ward (Piccadilly Records/Manchester District Music Archive) raises the roof with a blend of smoky jazz, swinging film scores, symphonic soul and thunderous afrobeat.
8pm – late / FREE
Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER
The Bay Horse
The Saturday Social takes place every Saturday in the wonderful surroundings of The Bay Horse Pub. A soundtrack of the weird, wonderful and well known, from the old to new, Funk to Punk, Disco to Indie, Folk to Pop, all played on lovely crackly vinyl. Your DJs for this aural journey are Craig Johnson and Ian Scott.
8pm – 1am / FREE
The Bay Horse Pub / 35-37 Thomas Street / Manchester / Northern Quarter / M4 1NA
Mondo Pop! with James Morton
Stepping in for Mof Gimmers this week is James Morton who shares his love of outlandish pop music at his weekly, Saturday night musical variety show, Mondo Pop! Spinning soul, funk, disco, pop, rock and more from across the ages, expect cheeky cover versions of songs you know and songs you haven’t heard for ages, but wish you had. Good vibes and dancing to be had ’til late! “Dancing on tables encouraged”.
9pm – 3am / FREE before 10 / £1 after
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Friends in Common with Neil Atkins
Every Saturday night (apart from the 2nd of the month) Common invite their favourite friends to play their favourite records. Expect to hear music you never knew you liked. Pop music played with sense and sensibility, country with soul, and maybe something that will make you dance. This week’s ‘Friend’ is Neil Atkins.
Common / 39 to 41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW
Funkademia with Redsoul
This Saturday Redsoul takes control of the decks at Funkademia, which takes place every Saturday to a consistently full house, feeding a friendly crowd with a diet of pure unadulterated soul-funk with the dj collective taking you on a journey through four decades of the very best soul, funk, electric disco and hip-hop with a touch of smooth r&b and some big house classics. www.funkademia.net
This Northern Quarter stalwart sells out most weeks so you’re advised to either arrive early or purchase advance tickets.
The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs
MC Phil Ellis presents John Newton, Ste Porter and Kevin Gildea for The Frog and Bucket’s flagship Saturday night show, Barrel of Laughs. The show goes on until 2am with one of the Frog’s resident DJ’s.
7pm / £17
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ
Night & Day
The Merts / Paisley Haze / Arcadian Days / Cold Committee
A great local bill tonight at Night & Day Cafe as 3 bands take to the stage for your aural deligh and it’s FREE to get in!
8pm – 2am / FREE
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN