Lamine Sonko & The African intelligence burst onto the Australian music scene back in 2014 delivering a crowd-stopping performance to over 50,000 at Federation Square. A big band sound of African roots music, jazz and reggae, the 10 piece ensemble capture ancient pulsing rhythms accented by talking drum and virtuosic electric guitar.
The band is fronted by the charismatic, Lamine Sonko, one of Australia’s most celebrated African artists. 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. Through The African Intelligence, Lamine brings together the different styles of afro-beat, afro-classical soul, reggae and funk. The band have recently performed at WOMADelaide, Port Fairy Folk Festival, White Night Melbourne, Fed Square NYE, and Arts Centre Melbourne. They have just released AFRO EMPIRE, their debut album inspired by two recent trips to West Africa infusing their afro beats with a new wave of future rhythms direct from the continent.
Recent Performances include: WOMADelaide, St Kilda Festival, Mokoan Festival, White Night Melbourne, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, Fed Square Melbourne, Boolarra Folk Festival, Victorian Premier Gala Dinner, African Music and Cultural festival, Piers Festival, Globe to Globe World Music Festival.
"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'. - THE UPSIDE NEWS
'talking drum and virtuosic electric guitar playing...these folks really deliver something special and present it as a circus of dance, song, social comment and superb playing - BROADWAY WORLD