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THIS SATURDAY: “Afro-Sega” Video & Vinyl Remix Launch from Afro-Kreol Queen Grace Barbé

The striking Grace Barbé continues to bless us with her signature old-meets-new Island jams, this time with a twist from one of Afrobeat’s living legends.

Hailing from the Seychelles, Grace and her sensational band (including her sister Joelle on drums) have received praise for the originality and energy of Kreol Daughter (2009) and Welele! (2014). They’ve won Best World Music Act in WA six times now (including at this year’s WAM Awards) and have brought down the house at Festivals all over the country. It was in 2010 that she caught legendary Nigerian drummer and Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen‘s attention while supporting him at the Perth International Festival.

Born in 1940 and one of Fela Kuti‘s main collaborators, Tony has rerecorded Grace’s single “Afro-Sega” in an on-point live take in Paris, based solely on her vocals. This Saturday (19/11/2016) at Mojo’s Bar in Fremantle, Grace and her band will be supported by Congolese music and dance ensemble Soukouss Internationale and local DJ favourite Charlie Bucket in premiering this unique remix on vinyl as well as an accompanying video clip by animation studio Toon Me On.

Grace’s passion and infectious Reggae-Afrobeat-Psychedelic-Kreol fusion has always been a much needed breathe of fresh air in the Perth music scene, so get yourself to Mojo’s on Saturday to support this talent!

For more event details and ticket links head on over here!

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Grace’s album Welele! is out now via Afrotropik Records.

 

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