FREE EVENT at Royal Festival Hall
In partnership with Counterpoints Arts, Southbank Centre will host a special performance bringing together singer-songwriter Josephine Oniyama and members of the UK-based Heritage Survival Band from Harare, Zimbabwe.
Since her early days of circuiting Manchester’s live music venues with her guitar in hand, Josephine has carved a strong reputation with her critically acclaimed album ‘Portrait’ in 2012. She has toured internationally and shared a stage with artists like Paloma Faith and Paulo Nutini. Described by the Times as having “a Grace Jones-like hint of Jamaican to her voice and a hypnotic way with precisely phrased poetry”, Josephine’s candid soulful vocals draw upon a truly global palette including her Liberian and Jamaican heritage, citing artists like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti and Joni Mitchell as influences.
Josephine will be joined onstage by Zee Guveya and Norman ‘Jekanyika’ Muza from The Heritage Survival Band – one of the most prolific Zimbabwean acts in the UK, whose members have performed with great Zimbabwean music legends such as Dr Thomas Mapfumo and Oliver Mutukudzi. Formed and based in Greater Manchester they combine infectious rhythms made to make you dance, with Afro Jazz and traditional Mbira influences. Within their lyrics they explore social justice themes such as war and poverty as well as ‘life and love’. The multi-instrumentalists will be bringing guitar, vocals, mbira, and bass to the mix.
“Everybody’s talking about a singer called Josephine. In fact I think I might love her most of all” – Lauren Laverne (Grazia)
Josephine: “The music is wonderful” – Paul Lester (The Guardian)
Heritage Survival Band: “exceptionally talented traditional rhythm exponents hailing from Harare” – Nehanda Radio