The South London Soul Train


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SLST Live tribute to Fela! Sat Aug 03 - The day after the 22nd anniversary of the untimely passing of the unequalled genius that is / was the original Black President aka Fela Kuti (Aug 02 1997), The South London Soul Train throws it's annual righteous celebratory Level 1 tribute to the ultimate Afro Beat & Funk Pioneer + "Political through dance activist" at The CLF Art Cafe, Block A, Bussey Building.

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From midnight - It's Fela time! Your host Jazzheadchronic welcoming Parisienne Disco edit head ATN + spirit of Fela Afrobeat channelers Bukky Leo & Black Egypt explosively [Live]. All artists joining forces to channel the spirit and energy of Fela and let the Afro Funk n' Beats madness and beautiful mayhem seriously flow! Post band, DJs dropping more Fela but predominantly non Fela business [James Brown to Donna Summer via Chic, The Sugarhill Gang and Earth Wind & Fire] to keep the vibe absolutely righteous.

Plus (and as always) we got so much more on 3 floors and 4 rooms, part of our ongoing mission to move your mind & body + force feed yoh soul with the absolute best of times at The South London Soul Train.

Level 1 - Bukky Leo & Black Egypt (Live) Band on stage around midnight.

While growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, Bukky Leo was spotted practicing his first saxophone by the great original afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. He was immediately ushered into Tony’s newly formed band “Mighty Iroko’s”. Bukky went on to play with the great Fela Kuti, where the seeds of Afrobeat were being sewn. After some time in the band and under the influence of Tony Allen, Bukky decided to follow his own journey with his distinctive style of Jazz and Afrobeat.

In 1982, Bukky‘s path led him to London, where he became one of the forerunners in the Acid Jazz scene. A young A&R man named Gilles Peterson signed him to the newly formed Acid Jazz label and his first release “Rejoice In Righteousness” went straight to the heart of the Acid Jazz world, reaching number 1 in the rhythm and blues, dance and jazz charts. The follow-up album “River Nile” led to a nomination at the US African Music Awards in New York. There he became acquainted with the legendary, late tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson who invited Bukky to his home in San Francisco.

Since the Acid Jazz days, Bukky remained loyal his goal of making ground-breaking afrocentric grooves and this led to the formation of his new band The Source. They toured extensively and recorded a self-title album “The Source”. In the mid-1990s he embarked on the definite pilgrimage to Egypt where he laid the intellectual and musical foundations for the formation of “Black Egypt” who have since emerged as one of the most important Afrobeat groups outside of Nigeria.

Early 2000s Bukky starts a major collaboration with producer Ben Mitchell. The result of this meeting is the album “Afrobeat Visions”, feat. Tony Allen and some of the finest Afrobeat and Jazz musicians in the world. Bukky is still touring with The African Jazz Allstars, Roy Ayers and Tony Allen’s Afrobeat Big Band.

Bukky Leo participated at major international music events and festivals all over the world. In 2010, Bukky has been engaged in the studio recording with Black Egypt in collaboration with dub-master Dennis Bovell. Now you can find Bukky Leo and Black Egypt performing in the top UK venues and international festivals + we truly can't wait to witness them ignite The South London Soul Train Live Stage.

Then on Level 2 - Let's make it Funky! Well Funky! Rare Funk 45 super sharp shooters DJ Snowboy & Perry Louis take aim and fire up the Dance Floor for another red hot, positive all night session in funk, soul, rare groove + More. Prepare to dance harder y'all!

Level 3 (Level 2 / Room 2) - S’all about The Northern Soul of it all. Northern Soul Room host The Legendary Rob Messer + Warren Boogaloo dropping more seismic northern soul joints of epic proportions, hard and heavy on yehs. All on 45! Release yourselves!

The South London Soul Train line up completed in The Rye Wax Basement. The Super Soul Bowl. Your host, Wah Wah 45s supremo Scrimshire + Special Guest (TBA) take you on another global excursion through the planes of World Wide Wonder Funk, Soul, Groove, Disco, Hip Hop Boogie & Beyond. Absolutely Positively Taste.T.

The South London Soul Train (as always) All floors, will be taking, all passengers on a Non-Stop Magical Mystery Tour through all things Too Damn Funky. P-Funk to Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz to Rare Groove N’ Stax, Brass, Breaks, Bop and Hop to Motown, Club Classics and Anthems.

However - Passengers are requested to check their Souls at the Station as this one's for good time party people only! No Bass Wobbles Here, Only Love, Funk and Soul.

The South London Soul Train Runs 10pm - 5am / £5-13 Adv from RA or £15 OTD / Takes place every Saturday night at The CLF Art Cafe + beyond.

Min of 500 tix always OTD!

Next Events: Sat Aug 10 - The South London Soul Train with The Full Tilt Collective (Live) + More at The CLF Art Cafe

Followed by

Sat Aug 17 - The South London Soul Train with The Broken Brass Ensemble (Live) + More at The CLF Art Cafe

Time to keep getting it on,

See you on the dancefloors fo sho!



Jazzheadchronic appearing at this event

Bussey Building / CLF Art Cafe founder, producer and DJ. 'JAZZHEADCHRONIC' DJ MICKEY SMITH has been successfully promoting and DJ hosting his own progressive - eclectic jazz fused globalistic events for over twenty years. From South East Asia [where he is still known as The Godfather of The Hong Kong Underground scene] to London where he founded and runs The Bussey Building / CLF Art Cafe. Catch him at The South London Soul Train Monthly and as support at numerous leading events at the Bussey.

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Bukky Leo & Black Egypt

Bukky Leo & Black Egypt appearing at this event

'World-class saxophonist and protege of Tony Allen and Fela Kuti, Bukky Leo's distinct style introduces traditional Afrobeat to its close relation, jazz-funk. Featuring some of the world's finest Afrobeat and jazz musicians, Black Egypt bring something new to the table, and the dancefloor'- Womad. The African beat mixes with jazz, funk and soul whilst at the same time it flirts with contemporary rhythms like broken beats and soulful house, yet maintaining at its heart the strength and groove of the sounds that Bukky has been involved in during the past 30 years.

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Nu-metal band from Oxford with a sound not unlike Limp Bizkit.

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DJ Perry Louis

The original Messin' Around DJ, Perry Louis has amassed a lot of tunes throughout a dance career spanning 25 years. His collection spans over 20,000 records and the fact that over a quarter of his albums have been signed by the original artists speaks for itself.

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Rob Messer

An international soul DJ and Northern soul record dealer.

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Scrimshire appearing at this event

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CLF Art Cafe (Block A, Bussey Building)

  • 133 Rye Lane
  • Peckham
  • London
  • SE15 4ST

020 7732 5275