An international melting pot of world jazz rhythms at pub

World jazz duo Afuriko, appearing at the Lescar in Sheffield
World jazz duo Afuriko, appearing at the Lescar in Sheffield
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Afuriko, The Lescar

These two Paris-based musicians charmed Jazz at the Lescar audiences last year, bringing a truly international flavour to the Sharrowvale Road pub.

They mix West African and Latin rhythms with jazz sounds.

Japanese percussionist Akiko Horii and Anglo-French musician Jim Funnell (keyboards) are joined for their return visit tomorrow night by a special guest, French saxophone player Bruno Wilhelm.

Afuriko’s album On The Far Side was released on the F-IRE label last year.

Afuriko are the latest visitors to the regular Wednesday night sessions at the pub.

Jez Matthews of Jazz at the Lescar said: “We’ve just had the best start to the year; our audiences continue to go up, with increases on the last two years already and sell-out gigs for Montuno, Vula Viel and Martin Archer’s Engine Room Favourites in recent weeks.

“The music continues with a really exciting line-up over the next few months, covering all bases musically. Artists range from a killer line-up of international class UK musicians on May 6 in Steve Fishwick’s Quintet, the latest hotly-tipped band on Gondwana Records (home of Gogo Penguin), Mammal Hands with us on May 13, a great double bill featuring Entropi and Quadraceratops on May 27, Stuart McCallum with a folk-influenced line-up featuring an amazing vocalist, Rioghnach Connolly, on June 3, and the acclaimed Moonlight Saving Time on June 24, as part of our PRS Foundation for Music/Jazz Services New Music Series.”

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