Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...listen up! If you are in the habit of writing down a list of albums to get int he year then please omit not the soon to be launched "The one & The Many" by none other than the prince of Sawa Blues; Mr Muntu Valdo!
For the last three years Muntu has been wowing audiences across the globe with his innate musicality, generous sincerity and ingeniously creative manipulation of technology. He has toured all over the world, from Paris to Douala, Womad UK to Mexico, London Jazz Festival to Singapore and back. He has played alongside some of the biggest names of African music new and old, such as Staff Benda Bilili, Ali Farka Touré, Keziah Jones, Tony Allen, Richard Bona and Manu Dibango (who was instrumental in encouraging Muntu to go ahead with this latest project), and has forged exciting new collaborations with the likes of cult folk visionary Alasdair Roberts and Damon Albarn’s Africa Express.
With this new album, Muntu Valdo seems to have reached a rite of passage. His desire to explore and understand his place within the complex evolution of peoples, processes & music throughout time and space has given him a magic formula. A formula crafted and delivered in the form of “The One & The Many”. All ten tracks pay testimony to Muntu’s faith in the power of the individual to harness the power of the many, with all the writing, playing, singing, arranging, producing and recording completed in its entirety by his hand alone.
With “The One & The Many”, Muntu Valdo wills us to stand up and unleash the power of the many inside each and every one of us. A touchingly honest new album, Muntu Valdo has successfully pulled together a rich diversity of elements and environments, commanding us to recognise an artist deeply rooted in the riches of his culture whilst striving for modernity, open to and pushing towards the future.
The album drops on 11th April 2011 so be warned!!
For live dates, please see below.
(supporting Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
Thursday 19th May, IPSWICH Regent 01473 433100 http://www.ipswichregent.com/
Saturday 21st May, ST ALBANS Arena 01727 844488 http://www.alban-arena.co.uk/
Monday 23rd May, LONDON Barbican 020 7638 8891 http://www.barbican.org.uk/
Tuesday 24th May, OXFORD New Theatre 0844 847 1585 http://www.newtheatreoxford.org.uk/
Wednesday 25th May, BRISTOL Colston Hall 0117 922 3686 http://www.colstonhall.org/
Thursday 26th May, TRURO Hall for Cornwall 01872 262466 http://www.hallforcornwall.co.uk/
Friday 27th May, FAREHAM Ferneham Hall 01329 231942 http://www.fernehamhall.co.uk/
Sunday 29th May, CHELTENHAM Town Hall 01242 227979 http://www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/
Monday 30th May, HAY Festival (SOLD OUT) 0870 990 1299 http://www.hayfestival.com/
Tuesday 31st May, READING Hexagon 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com/thehexagon
Thursday 2nd June, BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall 0121 780 3333 http://www.thsh.co.uk/
Friday 3rd June, NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall 0115 989 5555 http://www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk/
Saturday 4th June, MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall 0161 907 9000 http://www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk/
Sunday 5th June, GATESHEAD The Sage Gateshead 0191 443 4661 http://www.thesagegateshead.org/
Monday 6th June, ABERDEEN Music Hall 01224 641 122 http://www.boxofficeaberdeen.com/
Tuesday 8th June, GLASGOW Royal Concert Hall 0141 353 8000 http://www.glasgowconcerthalls.com/
Wednesday 9th June, PRESTON Guild Hall 0845 344 2012 http://www.prestonguildhall.com/
Thursday 10th June, LEEDS Town Hall 0113 224 3801 http://www.leedsconcertseason.com/
12th June, MILTON KEYNES Theatre 0844 871 7652 www.ambassadortickets.com/Milton-Keynes-Theatre
Monday 13th June, YORK Barbican 0844 854 2757 http://www.yorkbarbican.co.uk/
Wednesday 15th June, CRAWLEY Hawth 01293 553636 http://www.hawth.co.uk/
Thursday 16th June, BRIGHTON Dome 01273 709709 http://www.brightondome.org/
Friday 17th June, BEXHILL ON SEA De La Warr Pavilion 01424 229 111 http://www.dlwp.com/
Saturday 18th June, CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange 01223 357851 http://www.cornex.co.uk/
Sunday 19th June, NORWICH Theatre Royal 01603 630000 http://www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk/
Tuesday 21st June ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre 01970 623232 http://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/
Contact: http://www.sawablues.com/, www.myspace.com/muntuvaldo, http://www.warnerclassicsandjazz.com/
Email contact: John @ AirMTM: firstname.lastname@example.org
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