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Keith Waithe and The Macusi Players

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Keith Waithe and The Macusi Players

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Keith Waithe is an award winning flautist, composer, teacher and expert proponent of a vocal ‘gymnastics’ system. He is the founder and leader of the Macusi Players - a world music jazz band that blends rhythms from the Caribbean, South America, Asia and Africa. Keith mixes many sounds from his collection of over 204 flutes, fusing enigmatic musical forms in performance.

He established Essequibo Music to work in educational settings and,
also works on radio productions, theatre and television projects. Keith’s 8th CD, Gathering Echoes, has received excellent reviews.

Keith and his band continue to thrill audiences with their unique sound - a fresh fusion of beautiful flute melodies and vocal gymnastics accompanied by Kora, African-Caribbean Drums and soulful voices.

Jo Jo Yates - talented kora Player, vocalist, Master Drummer & Percussionist. He has been on the Oxford contemporary Music Residency with Essequibo Music teaching in a variety of educational settings.

Eustace Williams –founder member of the Macusi Players. Eustace has acted as the informal Music Director and is an excellent and creative Bass Player.

Donald Gamble - an exciting and talented Caribbean Percussionist and Drummer who has been performing with Early Baroque Music / Jazz ensemble Respectable and Imagination. He has done extensive educational work with Essequibo Music.

“Things started sombrely enough, with Kora-player Jo Jo Yates, sat centre-stage, playing a hypnotic solo lament. Soon Waithe joined him, weaving ethereal flute lines around Yates’ repeated figure. It was an achingly beautiful start, but turned out to be only a prelude; as the full complement of Macusi players took the stage, suddenly booming afro-jazz was filling the hall, as bold as the striking golds and greens on Waithe’s robe.
The band’s sound often echoed the great Fela Kuti, but had a richer, less visceral quality, swapping percussive funk for jazzy piano leads and a less combative rhythmic framework.” -James Lachno – The Telegraph. Review, Brecon Jazz Festival, 16 Aug 2011

Doors open 6.45pm

Music 7.30pm

Admission £10 door ( £8 for the members of this meet up, payable at the door only)

When Saturday 7 July[masked]:30 PM to 10:15 PM Location Music at St Ethelburga's
78 Bishopsgate
London, EC2N 4AG
United Kingdom Contact Phone:[masked] ( Wallee)
Email: [masked]

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