BIOGRAPHY

Lamine Sonko & The African intelligence deliver an ancient rhythmic collision of African roots music, jazz, funk, and reggae. The 10 piece ensemble is unmatched in their ability to excite and engage Australian audiences with their contemporary fusion of exhilarating Afro grooves.

The band is fronted by the charismatic, Lamine Sonko, who is quickly becoming Australia’s most accomplished African artist. Praised for his compelling melodies and distinct percussive blend of the traditional and contemporary, Lamine is modernising West African music while maintaining the essence of ancient sounds and stories. He skilfully integrates English, Wolof and Mandinka, to convey his powerful messages of social equality, cultural diversity and the importance of indigenous music.

Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence have recently delivered crowd-stopping performances at WOMADelaidePort Fairy Folk Festival, White Night Melbourne, Fed Square NYE, and Arts Centre Melbourne. After a successful album crowd-funding campaign that saw an uprising of local and global support for their music, they have just released their debut album AFRO EMPIRE to much anticipation.

"The terrific Lamine Sonko and The African Intelligence have become firm favourites in the festival-cum-party scene and the reception for their first set at WOMAD this year was little short of ecstatic, with an enormous crowd at the usually-intimate Stage 3 rising as one to their feet for a foot-stomping hour of fun" THE ADVERTISER.

A performance brimming with optimism and conviction, Lamine declared his backing band, the African Intelligence, to be ‘the FBI of world peace’. They were a joy to watch, with infectious grooves and some great solos over the hour long set. - THE UPSIDE NEWS

West African Roots Music delivered in multiple languages by multiple players. The ten piece outfit really had people on their feet with pulsing African rhythms accented by talking drum and virtuosic electric guitar playing. This was not just another. "jazz/funk/soul fusion" project, these folks really deliver something special and present it as a circus of dance, song, social comment and superb playing - BROADWAY WORLD

"It is not only hearing the words and understanding the stories that is crucial, but the vibrations and soul felt in the music are also uplifting" – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

"Not only is he an extremely talented musician but also an incredible singer and dancer, The audience was lucky enough to witness true African Music, and be exposed to African tradition from musicians that have such a beautifully rich cultural background." – THE AU REVIEW.

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PERFORMANCES:

WOMADelaide 2017

St Kilda Festival 2017

Mokoan Festival 2017

Rhythm of Africa 2017

White Night Melbourne, 2016

Port Fairy Folk Festival, 2016

Arts Centre Melbourne, 2015

Fed Square Melbourne, NYE headliner, 2015

Boolarra Folk Festival, 2015

Victorian Premier Gala Dinner, 2014

African Music and Cultural festival, 2016

Piers Festival, 2014

Globe to Globe World Music Festival, 2017