St Mary’s Music Hall turns one and we’re having a party! We can’t believe it’s been 12 months since we started bringing the best music from around the world to the heart of Walthamstow. And what a year it’s been. Join us to celebrate in style with 70’s-style Samba funk party band Big Ben Jorge plus Sawa blues music from Muntu Valdo.
Tickets are just £8 and we’ll even throw in a cup of celebratory punch. What more could you ask for?
BIG BEN JORGE
Big Ben Jorge are fun. Having drawn members from bands including Electric Jalaba, Teotima, Cocos Lovers, Haraket and Flying Ibex, this band springs from a love of…well…Brazilian pop music. With influences ranging from Samba to Northeastern and baiao styles, this diverse gathering of musicians found common ground in the toothsome grooves and nimble melodies of the Brazilian chart music of the 70’s and 80’s. Particularly, of course, that of Brazilian pop legend Jorge Ben Jor, BBJ’s namesake. They pay heady homage to these artists, and the result is explosive and gripping to see live.
Sawa blues is the term that Waltham Forest-based Muntu Valdo has coined for his own music. At the root of many of his songs is a rhythmic and melodic sensibility that flows from the wellspring of Cameroonian blues and folk music, enriched by a wide range of influences that are part of the African Diaspora, from Brazilian samba to American soul and jazz. Whatever you call it, the music from Cameroonian singer-guitarist Muntu Valdo will charm and beguile you.