Do the Congol at Harley

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HANDS up how many people realised Sheffield was home to an eight-piece Congolese soukous band?

Well it is and on Tuesday you can see Groupe Congolais at The Harley when the African Affairs Network, Banana Hill and Africatime join forces for a night of Congolese live music.

All proceeds will be donated to the Panzi Hospital in eastern Congo, the anti-deportation case of Kassa Makiese – a member of the band – and Oxfam’s work in the eastern Congo.

Adding their talents will be London act Kasai Masai, led by the brilliantly named Voodoo King Nickens Nkoso, and diaspora singer Lilas Lafleur, niece of soukous guitar legend Diblo Diabala.

African dance music DJs follow the live music.

Milk begin their rounds

NOMINATED for Best Breakthrough Artist at the UK Festival Awards last summer Southenders The Milk, pictured above, have 28 dates to show why they’re tipped for greatness.

That includes Doncaster venue The Leopard on Tuesday and Sheffield’s SOYO on March 19.

Friends since school, The Milk began as a teenage punk band, but disastrous efforts to act rock-and-roll brought a split. Sometime later they revisited the classic Motown, Stax and Trojan records that had soundtracked their teens, intent on hosting a club night. They ended up with new songs and sounds conspired in a shed.

Pride pack Pledge action

SOME curious locations figure on Essex rockers InMe’s sprawling 35-date tour of the UK for new album The Pride.

And, having survived the likes of Sheerness and Wrexham, the lads take tunes from their fifth studio effort to Corporation tonight and some of the fans who helped bring it about via Pledge Music.

Frontman Dave McPherson used the route for his solo record. “It brought me closer to my supporters and helped finance the whole campaign while raising £2,000 for Save The Children,” he says.

Incentives included a Come Dine With InMe session, their Elysium: Overgrown Eden Live DVD (also out now), personalised songs and house party gigs with some funds raised helping the Alzheimer’s Society.