Ragtag – Afro Salsa Party ft Wara & Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh live + DJs

8.00PM

Early Bird Tickets from £6

Ragtag returns to Band on the Wall for a fantastic late nighter featuring a stellar line-up of global beat artists and DJs.

Wara, the young revolutionaries of the UK’s Latin music scene, will be breaking ground this spring on their 2013 UK Tour, presented by La Linea supported by the Arts Council of England. The tour follows hot on the heels of their new genre-defying album “Leave to Remain”, effortlessly combining Cuba’s most danceable rhythms and styles – Timba,  Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba – with contemporary urban elements such as Reggae, Soul, Hip-Hop and Jazz. The nine piece band of musical virtuosos have been packing dancefloors and starting parties on the global scene for the last two years (last year they played Glastonbury, The Big Chill Festival, Secret Garden Party, Barbican’s Blaze Festival, The Roundhouse, Ronnie Scott’s to name a few)

Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh is a Mandinka traditional storyteller or praise singer, known in West Africa as a griot.  Members of the Kuyateh tribe have held this noble role throughout history and the members of the tribe are descended from  the very first griot, Nyankumang Duga Kuyateh, in the Mali Empire.

Since settling in Manchester in 2003, Jali has become familiar face in the North West can often be seen performing in city squares and performed at the We Face Forward Festival in the summer of 2012.  During this time he supported Afrocubism at the Bridgewater Hall and caught the attention of Toumani Diabate, one the most renowned kora players in the world today.  In March this year, Jali was invited by organisers of the Manchester International Festival.to play at the official launch of this year’s event.

This event will begin at 8.30pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open earlier for drinks and good times.