Out of Africa and coming to Morecambe

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A top African musician will be making his debut at Morecambe’s Hothouse on March 9, with his new group of drummers and dancers.

Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh is a masterful Kora player and has won an international reputation for his performances.

He has played a prestigious support slot at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, with Afrocubism – the supergroup of Cuban and Malian singers and instrumentalists – and featured on the international BBC children’s programme, Zingzillas.

Jali is originally from the Gambia where he was born into a family of traditional oral historians. His CD, entitled Kora Kora demonstrates his mastery of the instrument which is built from a large calabash – or bottle gourd – cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator with a notched bridge like a lute or guitar.

Jali appears in Morecambe as part of More Music Presents, a new series of musical events featuring a headline set from nationally acclaimed artists with support and collaborations from community bands and local musicians. Supporting him will be Orchestre DC Dansette and Kitchen Collective.

This special event is raising awareness for the Lancaster-based children’s charity Stepping Stones Nigeria.

Tickets for the March 9 gig are priced £8 (£6 concessions). For more information and to book, ring 01524 831997.