With the following brief from the illustrious Mr David Bloch – “Ofentse, imagine if Beyonce came to you and asked that you create an African Beychella, what would you do?” This not only meant that I needed to innovate, but it also meant that musicians would be standing and playing by head, while moving.
Firstly, I wanted most of Africa to be represented. I got four of the best African percussion players from West Africa, led by Hadji Ndong.
Secondly, I needed the sound of the Kora to elevate the repertoire. I had the pleasure of bringing three Kora jally’s from London and Belgium respectively, originally from Gambia and Senegal – Jally Kebba Susso, Mamadou Drame, Sefo Kanuteh.
We juxtaposed a classically trained orchestra, with West African instrumentalists who don’t read music, by play from the heart.