This Femme – Fusion collaborative performance is put together by the British Council East African Arts programme. East Africa Arts is the British council’s framework for working between Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and the UK. Through three strategic programmes (Creative Hustles, new Art new Audience & Mobility programme) we aim to: create new art to showcase to new audiences; share skills of creatives; and ignite partnerships between the creative sectors of the UK and East Africa. This collaborative performance consists of:
Holly MadgeCommander of rhythm, goddess of groove and one of most individual performers of her time, Holly Madge is a drummer who leaves a lasting impression on her audience. Often called ‘Her Madgesty’ during her performances either with the likes of Cee Lo Green or with her UK band The Correspondents, Holly’s presence is always electric!
Her deep sensuous voice leaves the listener wondering if she really is only 28 years old. This Ugandan jazz, afro – blues and soul singer has a penchant for music that is very evident in her debut single ‘Jinja Highway’.
Inspired by the traditional folklore told to her by her grandmother, Kasiva began drumming at the tender age of six. She is one of the very few female percussionists in Africa as drumming has been considered taboo in many parts of the continent.
Emma-Jean Thackray is a multi-award winning composer/ producer/ arranger/ multi-instrumentalist/ singer and as a recent RBMA alumni, has been described by RBMA as “one of the UK’s most exciting new jazz artists”, and as “somewhere between Madlib and Ornette Coleman” by Djam La Revue to name a few sources.