Afrobeat band

Count Drachma

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About Count Drachma

Afrobeat band
London
Public liability insurance of £1 million
"Think of a mix between Paul Simon and the Owimy Sigoma Band and you’re on the right track … this guy is singing so powerfully."

"Every song, be it a version of a Zulu nursery rhyme or a translated American song, was a delight to listen to, opening the audiences’ eyes to a new realm of world music and a great language! The zulu-adapted guitar playing... and use of unusual instruments, like the cajon and Greek bazuki, perfectly represented the brothers’ South African roots. Furthermore Oli and Rob included beautifully sung harmonies into their set" - Reviewed at Sofar Sounds Birmingham, October 2012

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Song list

Gijim'beke - Clegg & Mchunu
Thandiwe - Clegg & Mchunu
Stimela - Trad, arr Steadman
Mantshontsh' Emsamo - Trad, arr Steadman
Jerusalema - Clegg & Mchunu
Bull-man Free - Clegg & Mchunu
Pata Pata - Makeba & Ragovoy
I Know What I Know - Paul Simon
Zodwa - Clegg & Mchunu
Umfazi Omdala - Clegg & Mchunu
Amagquma Amnyama - Gardens & Villa, trans & arr Steadman
Jolinkomo - Trad, arr Steadman

Reviews

From customers:

Http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2015/09/28/lail-arad-st-pancras-old-church-london-24th-september-2015, 4 years ago

He charmingly warns us that there won’t be much English in the songs. The music he plays is sunshine from South Africa played tonight on a dark cool night in a church in London... you are left to sense the energy of the song – to me this song is all purity and passion... The audience is with them every step of the way and the night is alive inside.

Http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/leisure/music/contemporary/reviews/11569169.Rock_love_in_at_Jericho_Jamboree/, 5 years ago

And while the honey-coated vocals and lilting guitar style are instantly recognisable, the lyrics are far more exotic — consisting of Zulu and Xhosa folk songs inspired by his native South Africa. Lovely stuff it is too; delicate yet powerful enough to silence a buzzing room.