We have a great Soul Rebels Leeds Christmas Party for 2017, our 5th year, bringing together two of our favourite bands for a huge night of Afro sounds, dancehall, hip-hop, funk and jazz.
Sheffield's K.O.G. & The Zongo Brigade are Kwecku Of Ghana (K.O.G.), the enigmatic and dynamic frontman/singer/rapper/percussionist,
and his 9 piece band of merry men who make up the band and feature some of the best musicians in the north of England (including musicians from local Leeds afrobeat heroes Mansion Of Snakes). They deliver infectious West African vibes from Ghana via Sheffield to the world, a heady brew of afrobeat, soul, funk and reggae otherwise dubbed “Afro-fusion”.
Formed in 2014, they broke through big-time in 2015 when they won the Emerging Talents competition (over 6000 entries) to play on the West Holts stage at Glastonbury Festival. They smashed it and quickly established themselves as one of the summer festivals favourites in the last few years. It would be easier to list the ones they haven't played than the ones they have.
A debut EP, a couple of singles and an album in the waiting, this is their FIRST gig in Leeds for maybe 3 years and we are stoked to have them do our Christmas Party.
Support comes from another 9 piece band, our very own Leeds global soul warriors Necktr. Another kicking band to emerge from the very vibrant Leeds College Of Music scene, they blend jazz, hip-hop, Latin music, afrobeat and funk into their own unique sound made for partying or listening or both together. Back at Belgrave after the killer RE:SOUL Sessions 2nd Birthday last May, they will warm-up the dance nice.
DJs on the night are resident Soul Rebels selectors Lubi & Chris Welch (Soundwave/Sounds Like This) plus special guest top UK hip-hop/b-boy funk/dancehall and turntablist DJ Andy H (Tuesday Club/Soundwave/First Word Records).
Doors are 8.30pm. Tickets are only £7.50 advance and limited to 300. Available from :
(search under KOG and Soul Rebels Christmas Party)
It's our final party of an amazing 5th year that has seen us promote shows by Yussef Kamaal Trio, Nubiyan Twist, Skwid Ink, Orkesta Mendoza, Mansion Of Snakes, The Haggis Horns, The Abstract Orchestra, Children Of Zeus, Mali Hayes, Ezra Collective, Thabo, Vanessa Jamie and Tetes De Pois.
If it's jazz, soul, Latin, hip-hop, Brazilian sounds or afrobeat, we're on it, be it DJ Lubi Presents or Soul Rebels Leeds or RE:SOUL. Big things done last 5 years. Bigger things coming in 2018. Stay tuned for more info....
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