Muntu Valdo by The London Jukebox

By on February 16, 2019

Good music travels fast so joins us for a beautiful evening that feels like the sunset. Come down to listen to the sensitive guitar playing and dreamy, voice with distinctively textured, self-created loops and rhythms of Sawa Blues. The music has an airy, poetic feel that’s a bit Brazilian, a bit Cape Verdean, while keeping a toe in the world of international busking folk.

After three years playing with Eko Roosevelt’s band, Valdo formed his own group, the Muntu Band, later named Mulema (the heart), and began recording, and performing in concerts. In 2000, Corporation Francaise organized a national tour in which Valdo performed in 10 Cameroon cities. The same year, Cameroon sound engineer Gilbert Moodio played a recording of a Valdo concert to a French producer; after an audition, Valdo was encouraged to move to France.

On moving to Paris, Valdo lived in Belleville, associated with young musicians, and played in jam sessions and concerts in the bars of Rue Oberkampf and Place Chatelet, either solo or with his group. He also played with Manu Dibango, Alpha Blondy, Ali Farka Touré, Lokua Kanza, Cheick Tidianne Seck, Tony Allen, Rido Bayonne, Etienne Mbappe, Stephane & Lionel Belmondo and Richard Bona.

Valdo released his first album “Gods and Devils – Moiye Na Muititi”, in 2005. Following its release, he toured Africa, Europe and Asia, playing festivals and concert halls including the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), New Morning (Paris), Womad (Carceres, Charlton Park and Singapore), the Théâtre de la Petite Reine (Tbilisi), The Sage (Newcastle), Festival Plein Sud & Festival Africolor (France), and Fespam (Republic of the Congo).

In 2008, Valdo moved to live and work in London, and in 2010, he was the support act for Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s UK tour.

Muntu Valdo by The London Jukebox will be held Friday 22nd February.

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