Musa MBoob is an internationally acclaimed Gambian master percussionist. He was born in The Gambia, West Africa and is the son of Doudou MBoob, himself a Gambian master percussionist. In 1985 Musa became a professional performer of percussion, singing and dance, following the family tradition which can be traced back at least six generations. In 1990 he joined Ifang Bondi and toured throughout Europe.

Upcoming events

We'll be keeping you up to date with what Musa is doing in 2017. Musa recently received funding from the Arts Council to begin a 'create and research project' called Bollo: a collaboration between Gambian local tribes and UK musicians and dancers.
The goal of the project is to return to the UK in March 2017 and share it with local communities. This will include schools, colleges and live concerts with his band Xam Xam. Click anywhere in this text to see his most recent events.

Next Musa concert: Africa Night Lewes

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Venue: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes! Sat 18 March 2017 8pm

A fundraising evening in support of refugees for Lewes Area Welcomes Refugees.

Lewes Area Welcomes Refugees, (LAWR), is an umbrella community group, working with other local groups aiming to support refugees coming to the area. LAWR is predominantly concerned with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, asylum seekers, and people with refugee status or humanitarian protection.

We'll be featuring MUSA MBOOB, Gambian master-percussionist, formerly of the great Gambian band Ifang Bondi, with JOKO, British jazz musicians from the Brighton & Lewes area, playing original material by Musa, and the band, along with great songs by Dudu Pukwana, Chris McGregor and others – a mix of Joko’s take on South African township jazz, soukous, highlife and afrobeat. Jazz Africana. Joyful jazzy dance music.

DJ TASK (aka Tony Kalume) is the creator at DJ T.A.S.K. Productions, a specialist in East African Music. He loves a large selection of musical styles, which is fortunate as DJ Task is a judge for the World Song Festival. He'll be spinning tracks from all over Africa that are guaranteed to get you dancing!

Oh - there'll be food too (get there early!) Dress code: STYLISH

Don't miss it!

Last Musa concert: Afro Jazz & Ethical Fashion

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Venue: Unitarian Church, New Road. Brighton Sat 3 December 2016 8pm

Back by popular demand, Musa Mboob & Joko Band return to the Unitarian Church for a night of Afro Jazz & Ethical Fashion.
Tickets from: Advance £8 Door £10

Wear an item of Fair Trade, ethical and/or world fashion clothing or jewellery. Prizes for the best outfits.

Buy fair trade clothing from Kenya, Bolivia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Tibet at Lovethatstuff Fair Trade Shop at Brighton Marina or FAIR, Queen's Road.

Proceeds will go to Brighton Voices in Exile, supporting refugees in Brighton.
This event organised and supported by Fair Trade Shop.
Also enjoy Fair Trade wine and world food.
Jump to Musa MBoob & Xam Xam - Haral CD

Musa MBoob & Xam Xam

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Independent Release

Gambia's premiere percussionist, Musa MBoob has learned the drumming traditions of West Africa from a long line of ancestral involvement in the Gambian music world.
A top percussionist, Musa also sings and plays the sabar, djembe, dun dun, snare, and tama. He is joined by his band-mates, Xam Xam. There is a rich musical repertoire with bass, keyboards, guitar, sax, kora, modern drums, and back-up vocals always in the local language.

Though Musa is based in England, his sound is uniquely Gambian with a jazzy and modern Afro-pop style.
The rhythms are inventive and never dull. The song titles are translated in the liner notes with short song descriptions in English.

This is the first contemporary Gambian release to emerge in years. Do yourself a favour and show Musa (and Gambia, for that matter) you care about the music!

Matthew Forss
Inside World Music