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African night at Holders

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

African night at Holders

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The sounds of Africa rang out on the opening night of the Virgin Atlantic Holders Season 2012.
On African Music night, which signalled the start of the season, Kanda Bongo Man and his eight-piece band from the Democratic Republic of the Congo ruled the second half of the show.
Kanda Bongo Man is one of the pioneers of African Soukous music and the man who single-handedly gave the world the infectious Kwasa Kwasa dance, which he showed off on stage with his two dancers.
The night opened with the Barbados National Anthem, played by flautist Cherise Roberts.
Richard “Salief” Smith, a master djembe player and a tuk band specialist, pulled together his own group of leading percussionists the Okam Ensemble for the first half performance.
Holder Seasons ends on March 31.