Owen Shiers will be teaching welsh folk songs at the much loved Tribe of Doris main event at Stanford Hall, Leicester – as part of their celebration of UK and World Heritage (Wednesday 29th July – Sunday 2nd August).
AMJ’s John Hollis has been beavering away in the studio producing Totó la Momposina’s latest album, which is due for release in June on Real World Records. Initially created 24 years ago, this is the latest offering by the Grammy Award nominee and Latin Grammy Award winner ahead of her 2015 European Tour!
…Also making an appearance on the album are two of her granddaughters – vocalists Maria and Oriana who have been laying down backing vocals -bringing a whole new meaning to Keeping it in the family!!
Our very own Camilo took the runner up prize in the ‘Musician of The Year’ category at the recent Latin UK Music Awards ceremony. It’s the UK’s fastest growing awards ceremony that recognizes the contribution of Britain’s Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American communities to the world of Music, Dance and the Arts. New releases and Summer performance dates to be announced soon!!
The Collective were overjoyed to have been invited to play the biggest and much loved free event last summer in the South West of England, playing in front of several thousand people at the Bristol Harbourside festival, which went down a storm!!
Currently in its 44th year – the festival is long enough to fill a two-mile stretch of the historic harbour – offering; music, dance, food, circus acts and lots of children’s activities – attracting on average 250,000 visitors over the weekend, with the likes of Finely Quaye, Dub Mafia, Pee Wee Ellis, Bristol Reggae Orchestra and The Rinky Dinks.
“Thanks for playing a blinder, I was so impressed and loads of people have been asking about you guys, your Harbourside gig was one of my highlights of the weekend.” – Tony Almond, The Happy City Stage
“Deep, phat bass, great sound quality ” – Norb Ski
AMJ Collective joined forces with WOMAD FESTIVAL and the Malmesbury Schools Project, an annual artist residency that sees primary and secondary school students working with artists and musicians from around the world. The project included a 1-week tour of local schools, delivering an outreach performance in the surrounding villages, with lots of participation from students and teachers alike.
We were lucky to have a great group of 100 extremely talented students who made the task of preparing for the opening slot at the festival on Thursday evening that little bit easier. The show consisted of dancers; vocalists, percussionists, several guitarists, bass players and a full horn section. Half the students on-stage were from Malmesbury School with another 50 recruited from the morning sessions with the five local primary schools; Malmesbury, Brinkworth, Earl Danby, Minety, Lea & Garsdon and Crudwell.
Following the success of the opening night – AMJ Collective conducted a workshop in the ‘All Singing – All Dancing’ tent on Friday – which again, was a great success. It was a huge honour for us to be invited to teach and perform at one of the longest established cultural events in the world, clocking up more than 30 years in the game. Here’s to 30 more…
Previous years artists include; Pee Wee Ellis, Colores de mi Tierra, Siyaya and The Dhol Foundation to name but a few.
“AMJ Collective provided a slick and solid reggae afro framework, within which the young musicians and singers expressed themselves – while the dancers hardly stopped moving throughout” – Western Daily Press “
The debut album from the AMJ Collective is now released and picking up radio play from BBC Radio 3 to Ujima in Bristol.
The Sign collection is an introduction to what we are doing and features mixes from all four AMJ departments – Almighty Groove, Dub,
RSD and Space.
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