SOUL REBELS SESSIONS 6th BIRTHDAY PARTY
featuring KOKOROKO (London), Mamilah (Leeds) & Soul Rebels DJs
Longtime Leeds jazz/funk/soul/global beats DJ and music promoter Lubi Jovanovic (DJ Lubi) launched his Soul Rebels Sessions at The Wardrobe back in October 2012. His aim was to feature a night of live music that championed jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop, Latin, African and Brazilian music under one roof. Lubi’s night said it all in the motto he adopted….”from Fela to Dilla and beyond”….and it quickly became a hit and the go-to session for all in the city who loved these music genres, especially students from the nearby Leeds College Of Music.
To celebrate this 6th anniversary, DJ Lubi once again brings an internationally acclaimed band to the city for the first time. From London but now making waves worldwide, meet KOKOROKO, an 8 piece afrobeat ensemble inspired by the music of Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, Orlando Julius and Ebo Taylor and featuring some of the finest jazz and global beats musicians in the capital.
Lead by trumpeter Sheila Morris-Gray, Kokoroko have been building up a big following in London the last few years via their legendary live gigs. Their popularity is growing beyond the capital via their Boiler Room and Worldwide FM sets, gigs in Paris/Dublin/Italy and a track on this year’s hot London jazz compilation “We Out Here” on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings.
This is their first gig in Leeds and one of their first outside London. If you love afrobeat or afrojazz, you need to be at this show. Check them out at https://
Support comes from the rising stars of the Leeds jazz/ soul scene, Mamilah, another 8 piece band but this time drenched in the classic sounds of soul and funk. Formed at Leeds College Of Music in early 2017 by young musicians from across the UK and beyond, they skipped the popular modern sound of neo-soul loved by their contemporaries and reached back to the past masters and legends of the 1970s – Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Minnie Ripperton and Roberta Flack. In singer Lydia Kotsirea, they truly have a future UK soul star in the making. A refreshing young band who insist on leaving the classics alone and performing and writing original material. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/Mamilah
DJs on the night are Soul Rebels resident DJs Lubi Jovanovic and Chris Welch. They’ll keep this 6th birthday party bouncing from start to finish with their blend of contemporary and classic jazz, soul, Latin, hiphop, Afro and Brazilian music.
Doors 8.00pm. Mamilah 9.00pm. Kokoroko 10.15pm.
Soul Rebels DJs until late.
Tickets £9/£7.50 students advance from
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