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RICHMOND 'CHIEF COMMANDER'
Richmond ‘Chief Commander’ has been involved in African music as a performer and DJ for over 25 years. When it comes to the knowledge of African music ‘Chief’ as we often refer to him is certainly up there.
Richmond was a drummer and dancer in the 1990's for the renowned Pan African dance group, Adzido. Recently he was involved in the setup of Afro Palace, which brought over legendary African musician Ebo Taylor from Ghana to perform in the UK. He currently leads the London based band Yaaba Funk, which has been running for around 10 years and has one of the most energetic and pulsating sounds of funky African music you will experience in Europe right now. Yaaba Funk has released two albums ‘Afrobeast’ and ‘My Votedey Count’and is working on their third album - the great thing about their music is that you can grab copies on vinyl.
Richmond has been collecting vinyl records of all genres for decades and has a particular interest in African music from Ghana. His collection is both impressive and extensive covering the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s to current. Chief has also contributed to the exposure of African film and art where he was the music consultant for the popular documentary about the life of legendary Ghanaian boxer Azumah Nelson.
Nelson Makossa is a renowned DJ from the duo act Irmãos Makossa, based in Lisbon. He is an avid vinyl record collector, passionate about the music produced in Africa from the 60s, 70s, and 80s where his knowledge of this music is exceptional. Nelson Makossa's mission is to showcase the music produced in Africa to the masses and expose the impact that African music of this era has on other music genres around the world.
The Irmãos Makossa duo act has also been involved in African cultural events promoting art, cinema, and literature from the motherland. Since 2008, Irmãos Makossa has performed at festivals like FMM Sines, Boom Festival, Vodafone Mexefest or solo at the Africa Alive Festival (Frankfurt), invited by Analog Africa.
One of the highlights of the year is the Irmãos Makossa annual birthday party in Lisbon. The event takes place in January/February each year where a selection of live bands and DJs are invited to perform music from all over Africa.
Max Soul has been djing since the early 1990’s. He was part of the growing house music scene in London playing rare and exclusive vinyl soulful house imports from the US.
Throughout the 90s Max began to gain popularity in the club setups in London playing mainly deep soulful house with some jazz funk thrown in, before favouring the more intimate
vibes of the popular wine bars around Soho and Camden Town. His music collection is a vast one with some real early gems from labels like Naked Music, Giant Records and
producers like Blaze, Ron Trent, Osunlade and Glenn Underground to mention just a few.
Max Soul is one of the rare house djs that still continues to play vinyl music in his sets, often spinning exclusive gems that you simply can't find today.
MR T. 'YAW NOIR'
Yaw Noir's interests in music began as a teenager in the mid-1980's during the rise of the reggae sound system culture that hit London. A friend invited him to a street party where a
local reggae sound system was headlining called Saxon (who produced artists like Tippa Irie and the late Smiley Culture). Yaw was blown away by the reggae MCs, the sounds of the big 18" inch bass bin speakers and special sound effects.
Whilst studying electronics at college Yaw helped set up a sound system called Crystal Magic Promotions. He was one of the reggae MCs and also helped build their bespoke PA
equipment. During the 1980’s Crystal Magic became a popular London based sound system playing some rare gigs with Jazzy B, whom eventually formed the acclaimed group Soul to Soul.
During the 90s Yaw decided to widen his listening habits and became involved in the underground UK Jungle and Garage scene. He teamed up with his friend and acclaimed drum and bass producer Potential Bad Boy creating a successful clubbers website called Ravenet, which ran for around 2 years.
Yaw enjoys organising gigs and preparing mix tapes for Afromats. His DJ sets are a mixed bag of vinyl records where you’ll find some Afro House, Funk and Rare Groove, Afrobeat
from the 70s and 80s and a slice of Reggae classics.