YolanDa Brown: Reggae Love Songs Featuring Shingai Shoniwa

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Barbican, London


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YolanDa Brown: Reggae Love Songs Featuring Shingai Shoniwa

Get a drop of sunshine as saxophonist YolanDa Brown performs her Reggae Love Songs

With music from her new album (released early 2016) played live for the first time, and joined by her ten piece band and vocalist Shingai Shoniwa (The Noisettes) groove to the sounds of YolanDa Brown. A rising star in the UK, YolanDa is the only person ever to have won the Best Jazz MOBO award two years in a row, performing with Courtney Pine, Soweto Kinch and Jools Holland along the way. She will be performing material from her newest album – built around reggae rhythms, peppered with jazz inflections, given a gentle atmosphere with electronics and giving a flavour of the diverse music of her east London roots. Performing here with her full band, her playing moves from thoughtful to playful as she bounces off the other instruments, fuelled by her guest musicians. Vocalist Shingai Shoniwa was once described by Rolling Stone as "the living, breathing manifestation of the rock and roll spirit". Her voice changes from cutting – directing power straight at the audience – to smooth and soulful, gaining comparisons to Billie Holiday. More guests to be announced.

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