Afrobeat from the rhythms and music of Cameroon balafonist, Alphonse Daudet, and band with jazz inflection. Inspired by the rhythms of the Bantu Forest of West Africa, Alphonse Daudet Touna from Cameroon formed the band to ‘enrich and share his music with the world’. At an early age, he started playing the drums at traditional village ceremonies where he developed his talent as a composer, performer and teacher. The haunting vocals, sung in his own tribal language ‘Bassa’, send messages of peace and hope. Alphonse plays the balafon (African marimba) he made himself – adding an exotic and original sound to the music. With influences from Makossa to Bikutsi, the grooves are guaranteed to exhilarate! The band - composed of some of Bristol’s finest session musicians - has headlined at festivals and major venues across the UK and supported well known artists such as Hugh Masekela and Eliades Ochoa of the Buena Vista Social Club. Performances include Glastonbury (Jazz Lounge), Shambala, Marlborough Jazz Festival and London’s South Bank Centre.



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