London-based saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, is one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK.
Raised in a creative environment built by a set of Caribbean parents, her brand of afro-tinged jazz has made her a key component in a string of new and established groups: from work with MOBO Award-winning drummer, Moses Boyd, legendary jungle producer and toaster, Congo Natty, through to her own works as part of six-piece, Maisha, and the Nérija septet.
An acclaimed ‘three deck wizard’, Brian D’Souza, a.k.a. Auntie Flo, has been mixing everything from classic detroit and chicago sounds to forward-thinking afro-house and world music for years in fantastic DJ sets. Auntie Flo has gone from strength to strength, recently winning a residency at Plastic People in London, appearing at various European festivals, as well achieving continual praise for his ‘Highlife’ night. In 2013 Auntie Flo was a nominee for the Scottish Album Of The Year award.
Dauwd was raised in Wales playing piano, guitar and drums whilst experimenting with electronic production. Now, residing in Brighton, his early obsessions with tabliture have progressed into a specific talent for sequencing and creative percussive textures.
Dauwd creates music with a complexity most contemporary producers shy away from. Found sounds are thickly laden over multi-timbred synths, vocal and instrumental stabs punctuate organic and evolving passages guided always by driving percussion and immaculate bass production. The method, “make a noise, make it my noise, then give it some rhythm” certainly seems to work for him. Constantly experimenting, Dauwd describes his creative process as “finding a sound, texture, or moment that you can relate to, and from there develop your narrative”.
London DJ, host and presenter Tash LC smashes it on the radio or in the club. Her Worldwide FM residency sees her dishing out vibe-filled afro-jazz and highlife with more up-tempo meetings of Kuduro, Gqom, and niche club sounds. With the backing of some of dance music’s most influential institutions come and see her effortless ability to command a dancefloor live in the mix with dancehall beats, soca, UK funky and everything in between.