Since their inception in 2015, THE SENEGAMBIAN JAZZ BAND have fused Afro jazz, deep world music beats and funk to create some truly awe-inspiring rhythms and melodies. Hailing from Gambia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana and Australia, the seven-piece band share their outstanding talent and flair, channelling over eight thousand years of African musical traditions, transporting the power and beauty of these ancient sounds, rhythms and melodies to euphoric audiences across Australia.
Underpinning THE SENEGAMBIAN JAZZ BAND’s unique sound is the Kora, a traditional West African stringed instrument, played by the band’s frontman & vocalist, the phenomenally talented Amadou Suso, direct descendent of the world’s first kora player, Koriang Musa Suso. As a music maker, or ‘jali’ by birthright, Amadou embodies the griot traditions of the Mandinka of West Africa. Known widely as the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the kora’, Amadou fulfils his ancestral duties to share the culture of his people through an intoxicating contemporary mastery of the African harp.
A must-see live act in Melbourne, THE SENEGAMBIAN JAZZ BAND never fail to enchant their audiences with an elaborate and joyful sound that sees fans losing themselves in the music and dancing the night away.
The current lineup is:
– Amadou Suso – kora and vocals
– Julius Sackey – drums
– Luke Koszanski – guitar
– Tom Benson – sax
– Tim Bennett – bass
HELLO TUT TUT have made a speedy ascent on the World Music scene, winning over local and international crowds including memorable sets at Falls Festival, Bello Winter Music Festival, Live en Août in New Caledonia and a collection of Australia’s most recognized venues and best night markets.
“Dynamic and loads of fun, this band is the hottest new group on the world music scene in Australia, paving new directions in original Eastern European inspired party music!” – Tania Bosak (Open Studio)