Fofoulah

Fofoulah (meaning "it's there" in Wolof) is a London-based group featuring Senegalese vocalist, dancer and percussionist Batch Gueye, Tom Challenger (Red Snapper) on sax/synths, Squarepusher's keyboardist Dan Nicholls, guitarist Phil Stevenson (Iness Mezel), Johnny Brierley on bass, Gambian sabar drummer Kaw Secka and Robert Plant’s drummer Dave Smith. With the rhythms of the Sabar drums - a traditional form of Wolof drumming from 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, afro-rock and Wolof dance. Their critically acclaimed debut album 'Fofoulah', produced by Smith, was released on Glitterbeat Records in September 2014. The album 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. Fofoulah is not merely a cross-cultural project. They are a dynamic band born naturally out of personal friendships and varied backgrounds, the nerve net of contemporary London and the post-global interconnectedness we all experience daily. The band is propulsive, innovative, celebratory and always leaning forward.


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