For the first time in almost 40 years African Head Charge will be in Bristol, bringing with them a unique energy and sound. Co-founded by the legendary underground producer Adrian Sherwood, African Head Charge is a globally-acclaimed, pioneering dub-reggae ensemble led by original co-founder, master percussionist and royal rastaman, Bonjo Iyabhinghi Noah.
Pulsating with tribal drumbeats and chanting from the soul of Africa, AHC fuse together primal rhythms with heavy psychedelic dub, roots reggae and 21st-century electronica. Formed originally as a studio project in 1981, the London-based collective has gone on to achieve semi-legendary cult status, creating 13 albums and gracing stages across the world, from Australia and New Zealand to Glastonbury Festival.
Their epic live show features a line-up of 6-8 world-star performers, fusing together djembes, guitar, drums, keys and vocals with heavy electronic sampling. The collective use this blend of live and electronica to generate an intoxicating soundscape of reggae-inflected drumming, visceral vocals and bottomless, thrumming bass-lines that truly reach to the heart of your being.
Performing classic tracks from their back catalogue, as well as their latest album VOODOO OF THE GODSENT live for the very first time, AHC will be using 2018 to premiere new state-of-the-art visual technology. With a deeper, darker and heavier live sound than ever before, the collective is once again ready to enrapture their global fan-base, as well as reach out to a new generation of fans around the world.
Elsewhere on the line up we have Dub the Earth, a band who have shaken stages & blown speakers at the likes of Glasto , WOMAD, Boardmasters and Boomtown just to name a few. We also have Sunun joining us for a 30 minute live show; ask anyone who’s ever seen her do a set, they’ll tell you it’s as mesmerising as it is enchanting.
Footing and topping the bill we have Titus 12 an associate & producer for Zam Zam Sounds, Spud Roots who may well have as much knowledge on vinyl as the rest of Bristol put together and finally we have Roots Agenda & Tenor Steppa to ease you into the dance.
This is a show truly at the heart of Bristol’s soul and surely one not to be missed with it’s solid collection of world renown stars and some of the cities finest up and coming artists. For more information you can check the facebook event or to get into the groove of the night, why not listen back to Roots Agend with AHC for Noods Radio…
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