Mambista –  Friday 6th October ’17 – with Jazz Carib live

12 Sep
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October 6th 2017

The Portico Gallery
23a Knights Hill,
SE27 0HS

Jazz Carib
DJ Gerry Lyseight

Doors: 19.00 – Midnight
Salsa Dance Class with Luis from 7 – 8
Advance tix: £8 from
£10 on the door (both prices include the dance class)

After a 2 month summer break Mambista returns on Friday October 6th with a live session from Jazz Carib and their uniquely rootical take on the musical sweet spot where Reggae, Ska, and Jazz get jiggy. Their collective CV includes live and studio sessions with Aswad, Jazz Jamaica, The Rolling Stones, Jazz Warriors, Ska Cubano, The Beatles, The Mighty Diamonds, Janet Kay, Georgie Fame, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, Jools Holland, PJ Harvey – and everyone in between!

You may know them from their legendary Thursday night sessions at the Effra where they’ve been packing them in for 20 years and counting, and it’s clear that it’s the love of playing live that has held the whole thing together for so long. Hosting a band with their pedigree and sheer musicality is always a privilege. Not to be missed.

The boys are back in town!!!

The evening begins at 7 with our all-comers Salsa Dance Class led by Luis

Our Autumn/Winter 2017 season continues with:
November 3rd – Our third birthday party celebration with South London Samba live

December 1st – The Christmas Party season starts here with live Congolese Soukous and Cuban Salsa from Grupo Lokito

Sunday December 31stMambista NYE Wing Ding with Soothsayers live.

NB. My latest radio show is here:

Our friends at Folk Of The Wood return to The Portico Gallery for their 4thbirthday BOLLYWOOD CEILIDH on October 20th! Info:
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30 Aug

This felt like my first show for a long time – they say absence makes the heart grow fonder – but it was good to be back. I started the show with Under Dubwood: Richard Burton reciting Dylan Thomas over the ‘Ali Baba rhythm’, then into the King Tubby dub followed by the John Holt vocal. Off we go!

There was more reggae later on from prolific remixers, Jstar, some Jamaican Jazz from Jazz Jamaica and more spoken word from Gabrielle Drake’s reading of her mother, Molly Drake’s, poetry. There has long been debate about the musical influences of the introverted Nick Drake but mother Molly (as well as early Brazilian Bossa Nova) appear to be in the mix. The track I played is taken from The Songs And Poems Of Molly Drake from The (ever-wonderful) Unthanks.

There was a smidgen of carnival business to mark Notting Hill carnival weekend; as well as misc musical tributes to my friend, mentor and co-founder of the Mambo Inn, alongside yours truly and Max Reinhardt, Sue Steward, who sadly died last week: All the Latin I played in the show was championed by Sue back in the day.

Sue was also the first person who ever mentioned the great white, female bass player, Carol Kaye who played on Motown, Phil Spector and Beach Boy hits, as well as countless others. I remember wondering at the time how it was that I had never heard of her despite all her success and her unique role in amongst all those session guys. Carol was a crucial part of The Wrecking Crew (NB The Wrecking Crew doc on Netflix and Carol was also responsible for the bass intro to Wichita Lineman and is a legend I might otherwise never have been made aware of if it hadn’t been for Sue, despite knowing so much of her work.

1. The Dubwood All Stars – Under Dubwood

2. King Tubby – Ali-Baba (Version)

7X7: Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry VS. King Tubby In Dub

3. John Holt – Ali Baba

4. Emmanuel Hatungimana – Rwanda Nziza (Beautiful Rwanda)

Abatwa (The Pigmy)

5. Negrocan – Tierra

Medio Mundo

6. Témé Tan – Ça va Pas La Tête?

Témé Tan

7. Grupo X – Sunshine and You (Johnny Machin Mix)

Jordan Rakei – Sorceress (Photay Remix)

8. Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco – Lo Tuyo Es Mental

Celia & Johnny

9. Roberto Torres – Caballo Viejo

Caballo Viejo

10. The Unthanks – What Can A Song Do For You

The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake

11. Renaissance – Island


12. Carol Kaye – Bass Catch

Picking Up On The E-String

13. Bokanté – Nou Tou Se Yon

Strange Circles

14. Fourth World – Seven Steps

Fourth World

15. Jstar – A Better Babylon Dub

16. Jazz Jamaica – Barbados


17. Sergio Mendes – Magalenha


18. Bebe Manga – Amie

19. Golden Afrique Vol. 1

20. Willie Colon – Chinacubana

The Player

21. Israel "Cachao" López – A Gozar Con Mi Combo

Master Sessions, Vol. 1

22. The Invisible – Love Me Again (feat. Anna Calvi) [Chaos in the CBD Remix]

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