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Jamal Lewis

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About Jamal

Session Drummer and educator. I'm currently open for dep booking and teaching. Can play various genres and covers.
Drummer
Manchester
Public liability insurance of £10 million

A recent graduate of the University Of Salford, Jamal has been an active performer since his late teenage years. An exceptional drummer of Jamaican descent, he was mentored by various legends within the Manchester Music community. His musicality and ability to adapt within situations has earned himself praise from many peers, including Soul Legend, Omar. Jamal is an extremely well-rounded player who has performed with the following groups and artists. -Lucy Mae (Jazz, Soul) -The Kaptivators (Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul) -Chyna Fyah (Pop Reggae) -Ruff Trade (Reggae, Roots) -Misha B (R&B, Soul) -Jocelyn Knight (Motown) -Hot in The Pocket (Pop, World, Soul, Motown) -Neville 42 (Level 42 Tribute act) -Innergroove (Soul, Jazz) Recently, he has founded the Manchester Power group, NGUVU, who are a Funk/Soul/Jazz Collective fronted by Manchester legend Julie E Gordon (Happy, Mondays), who themselves are already making waves within the Manchester circuit.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz fusion, Jazz, Modern jazz, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Funk, R&B, Soul, Disco, Covers, Originals, Reggae, Ska, Latin, Calypso, Caribbean music, Bossa nova, World music, Afrobeat, Rock, Alternative rock
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Drum technician, Sound technician, Songwriter, Transcription, Lyricist, Actor, Musical comedy, Dancer, MC, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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Song list

Jill Scott- The Way
Joe Smooth- Promise Land
Aretha Franklin- Rocksteady
Steely Dan- Do it Again
Average White Band- Pick up the Pieces
Chic- Good Times
Curtis Mayfield- Move on up
Fatboy Slim- Praise You
Shanice- I like your Smile
Gap Band- Outstanding
Bruce Springsteen Dancing in The Dark
Killing Me Softly- Roberta Flack
Lumineers- Hey, Ho
The Killers- Mr. Brightside
Jill Scott- Golden
Jill Scott- He Loves Me
Aretha Franklin-Respect
Chaka khan- Ain't Nobody
James Brown I feel Good
Michael Jackson- Billie Jean
Michael Jackson- Can't Help it
Bruno Mars- Uptown Funk
Martha and the Muffins- Echo Beach
Land of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett
Tina Turner- Proud Mastery
Stevie Wonder-Master Blaster
Erykah Badu- On and On
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always aim to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If situations arise that causes any need to change times slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Sure. Of course and DJ services will require and additional fee, but the playlist comes free with the service.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. This is a rough estimate and is usually a lot earlier. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a playlist to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our band time!

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

We can have a chat about songs if need be but the most of the

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Definitely, as standard.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there's a strong chance we already know it, or can work re-imagine it in our own style. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is an additional for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

From our previous performances, want many love about us is that we're very groove heavy and have a very distinct and powerful delivery and feel that makes us stand out very well, and we pride ourselves on making interaction and engagement our primary focus, because we want to leave a lasting impression whilst keeping you dancing and having fun.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Band On The Wall Peaky Blinders The Patron DeBees O'Neills Bolton Abbey National Football Museum

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

-Diane Charlemangne -Julie E Gordon -Brand New Heavies -Nik West -Chaka Khan -Rufus -Michael Jackson -Prince

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Band On The Wall

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£400
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500

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Miles T, 1 year ago

I went to a gig to see these guys played exactly 7 months ago (March 9th), and what I saw were an electric and powerful performance where a range of styles, flavours were displayed onstage, but the energy and atmosphere remained consistently high throughout. I would definitely recommend any considering booking the Band for any occasion, and they deliver a very versatile and high quality performance.

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Nyamekye S, 1 year ago

Had a smashing time at the Impossible Manchester! NGUVU (aka Major 6s) were performing live. I do love a live gig! Drums, vocals, guitars the works, really do get me on the dance floor. NGUVU were brilliant! They had the full shebang including a sax player! What band do you know with a sax player?! They performed their own tunes and well as a good few classics every one knows and can sing along too. They even invited me up on the stage to sing along with them! Fancy that?! If your up for a good time and love funk/soul then I highly recommend NGUVU/Major 6s live, you will not be disappointed- I wasn't! Hats off to them! Nya.

From other musicians:

1st September 2019

I supported Jamal's band 'NGUVU' at Soup Kitchen back July 2019 with my band 'Liquid Beach'. We were just starting out as a live act and relished in the opportunity to support such a renowned Manchester funk band; Jamal is a great ambassador for grass-roots music. I've always had massive respect for drummers who sing and rap, and Jamal is no exception. He leads with metronomic accuracy behind the kit whilst delivering quick-fire bars to compliment the tight groove of the other band members. The funk scene in Manchester has many rich offerings, but Jamal and NGUVU are a cut above! You'll never find anyone who's as committed as Jamal to delivering GOOD music to Manchester.