The Duke of Cumberland is on fire with their band listings at the moment and last night was no exception to their great choice of varied music artists. Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, Joe a rapper from New York and Sekou a kora player (West African harp) from Guinea, accompanied by a drummer and a base guitarist; who had the coolest guitar I’ve ever seen!
Joe and Sekou met at a festival in Marseille in 2010 and were given a week to produce a concert, the only problem being Joe couldn’t speak French and Sekou couldn’t understand English. The only way they could communicate was through their music, which resulted in them forming a band, releasing an album and performing all over the world. Joe raps, loops and beat boxes whilst Sekou plays the kora like Jimmy Hendrix played the guitar. This combination blends hip-hop funk with Afrobeat reggae, not quite sure how you would describe it other than brilliant!
As always I made Jon stand right at the front and I am so glad we did. The Tea and Times crew were on top form with their funky all out dancing. Jon of course did a bit of shuffling and I danced until my fringe stuck to my head! We met a great couple that, I hope they won’t mind me saying could have been my parents, who had seen the guys at Womad four times and had driven down from London to see them again. They were really interesting and just another reason why I love Whitstable and I love the Duke. It brings people of all ages and backgrounds together for two hours of pure enjoyment. Music for the soul uniting a nation; well a pub in a small town anyway!