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Zambian-Scottish singer and songwriter Namvula has been described as "a true original" by the Guardian
Creating an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland blend with London's vibrant eclectic music scene, Namvula crosses boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, transporting listeners into different worlds whilst staying firmly rooted in African soil.
Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, sitarist Anoushka Shankar, and local Zambian singing legend Maureen Leland. Her debut album Shiwezwa was released in 2014 to critical acclaim, and was selected as one of the top 100 albums of 2014 by The Sunday Times. The album release was followed by numerous radio and TV appearances, including the BBC's Focus on Africa (TV and Radio), Jazz FM, BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 3's World on 3, and Zambian national TV and Radio, as well as repeat airplay on various stations including Late Junction and World Routes.
With Namvula's highly anticipated second album Quiet Revolutions, the gifted song-sculptress digs deep in to her inspirations, exploring different aspects of female hood. Backed by a stellar band of some of the UK's most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin of Mercury-nominated Led Bib, saxophonist Chris Williams, and Senegalese percussionist Mamadou Sarr, who tours with international star Baaba Maal, this will be an unmissable night of outstanding musicianship - early booking is highly advised!
Namvula is also starring on the BBC Music Biggest Weekend this summer!
“Beautiful music….Namvula is a great new star poised and ready for orbit”WOMaTT