Hawthorn Arts Centre will come alive when 10-piece ensemble, The African Intelligence, led by Senegalese singer and dancer Lamine Sonko, perform a percussive blend of jazz, funk, afrobeat, reggae and salsa on Friday 22 June.
The band captivates audiences with funky baselines, swift guitar riffs, smooth grooves and a message with meaning, keeping audiences on their feet from beginning to end.
Lamine Sonko is pushing boundaries with his signature fusion of African roots music, jazz, Latin and afro-classical soul. Lamine has travelled to the USA, France and South Africa, performing at major international festivals and significant venues, such as the South by Southwest festival in Texas, WOMADelaide, Byron Bay Blues Fest, Port Fairy Folk Festival, White Night Melbourne, Fed Square NYE, and Arts Centre Melbourne.
Last year, Lamine Sonko and The African Intelligence released their debut album, AFRO EMPIRE, inspired by two recent trips to West Africa, infusing their afro beats with a new wave of future rhythms direct from the continent. The album went on to win ‘Best Global or Reggae Album’ at The Age Music Victoria Awards 2017.
With a first-class line up of Australia’s finest world musicians, this band charms and engages its audiences with their own fusion of contemporary and traditional African rhythms. The historic Hawthorn Arts Centre will come alive with a performance that is exhilarating, dance-filled and infectious.
“It is not only hearing the words and understanding the stories that is crucial, but the vibrations and soul felt in the music are also uplifting” – THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“Not only is he an extremely talented musician but also an incredible singer and dancer. The audience was lucky enough to witness true African music and be exposed to African tradition from musicians that have such a beautifully rich cultural background.” – THE AU REVIEW
Hawthorn Arts Centre presents an exciting and varied arts program and is home to performance, exhibition, workshop and events spaces. Visitors can enjoy refreshments at the Events Bar or explore Hawthorn and discover the area’s culinary delights.
Lamine Sonko and The African Intelligence
Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Friday 22 June, 8pm
Tickets: $36 / $30 concession