at Cedars Hall, Wells

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Dave Smith and Fofoulah

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Dave Smith (Old Wellensian) is one of the UK’s great drums pioneers, as anyone who has heard him with JuJu or Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters will know. With Fofoulah he matches African rhythms against anything from rap to dance. The band includes talking-drums expert Kaw-Secka, and Batch Gueye with his chanting African vocals. Rescheduled from a weather-cancelled appearance last February, our own young musicians will also be joining Fofoulah for a life-changing collaboration.

The seating for this concert is unreserved. Free for 25s and under.


Fofoulah appearing at this event

London-based group Fofoulah (meaning “it's there” in Wolof) was formed in 2011 and features Kaw Secka on vocals and sabar, Batch Gueye on vocals, sabar and dance, Tom Challenger on saxophone and keyboards, Phil Stevenson on guitar, Johnny Brierley on bass and Dave Smith on drums. With the rhythms of the Sabar drums - a traditional form of Wolof drumming from the Gambia and Senegal – at its heart, Fofoulah’s music has evolved into an inspired cosmopolitan mélange that also incorporates elements of electronic music, dub, improvisation and afro-rock. Like the complex city they live in, their music is shaped and lifted by diverse sound-worlds and cultures. Having performed mainly in the creative hubs of east London and Bristol, in 2013 Fofoulah released the ‘Bene Bop EP’, a collaboration with Senegalese singer Biram Seck. Later that year the band entered the famed Real World Studios near Bath to begin work on their radiant debut album ‘FOFOULAH.’ Produced by drummer Dave Smith ‘FOFOULAH’ is a previously unvisited crossroads where Sabar rhythms meet dub basslines and sci-fi synths; liquid melodies and Wolof rap entangle with trance-like dance grooves; and raw guitars, horns and samples blend with west and north African song forms. In keeping with the band’s expansive approach, the album also features an incredible roster of guest voices: Senegalese singer and Bristol resident Batch Gueye, UK singer / producer sensation Ghostpoet (courtesy of 'Play it Again Sam'), Algerian/Parisian singer Iness Mezel and the acclaimed Gambian born, Fulani musician Juldeh Camara (JuJu, Robert Plant). Fofoulah followed up their first record with an even more shapeshifting and adventurous recording. DAEGA REK (The Truth) is brought into sharp focus by the rhythms and vocals of Gambian sabar drummer Kaw Secka and the vivid production of keyboardist/saxophonist Tom Challenger. Slippery sabar beats, dystopian electronics and echoing, shamanic chants ratchet up both the dub quotient and the dramatic tension. Creating a soundworld that is both earthy and urban, futurist and rooted.

See Fofoulah tour dates

Cedars Hall

  • Wells Cathedral School
  • 15 The Liberty
  • Wells
  • BA5 2ST