Artistes at the Festival 2014

Keith Waithe – Flautist

Keith Waithe is an award winning flautist and leader of the Macusi Players – world music jazz band – blending rhythms from the Caribbean, South America, Asia and Africa. He mixes many sounds from his collection of over 207 flutes, fusing enigmatic musical forms in performance whilst encouraging audience participation. Keith’s 8th CD “Gathering Echoes” has had excellent reviews. Keith’s original compositions have been performed on radio, television and several international theatre productions. He is Director of the young people’s project Macusi Youth and performs and teaches regularly.

Aref Durvesh – Tabla/Dholack

Aref Durvesh is a celebrated and prolific tabla artist who has recorded and performed with Badmarsh & Shri, Sting, Susheela Raman, Cheb Mami, Jeff Beck, Visionary Underground and is also one of the longest-serving members of Nitin Sawhney’s band, having performed on all of his albums as well as all his UK and international tours. Aref has taken traditional tabla performance into a new dimension by integrating it into contemporary urban music, jazz, hip-hop and fusion, as well as being a virtuoso in the traditional skills.

Iryna MuHa – Guitarist/Vocalist

Iyna, Ukrainian born multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter started to develop finger-picking guitar style as a teenager at a Soviet school in Darkhan, Mongolia. Later she studied vocals in her native town of Vinnitsa, Ukraine, and matured her talents in America. Iryna’s music was influenced by her mother’s singing the Russian “table songs”- the traditional folk songs that are sung by all the people around the table at social gatherings. This influence can still be heard at Iryna’s vocal and writing styles.

Marc Matthews – Spoken Word

Marc Matthews, a theatre activist, native of Guyana and currently living in the UK, has been writing, performing, telling stories, acting on stage, in films, radio & television for over three decades. He was a Co-director/Founder of Jaiai Independent Broadcasting Unit and with Peter Kempadoo produced “Our Kind Of Folk “ for Radio in Guyana. Marc and Ken Corsbie produced and performed  “DEM TWO”. This was expanded into “ALL AWEE”, with John Agard, Keith Waithe, Henry Mutoo, Ras Como Williams, the late Lancelot Lane and Andre Tanka.

Namvula – Guitarist/Vocalist

Namvula creates an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with London’s vibrant eclectic music scene. Her music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil. Singing in Zambian languages, as well as English, Portuguese and French, Namvula speaks out on issues facing modern-day Africa, as well as exploring stories about society, life and love. Namvula’s forthcoming debut album ‘Shiwezwa’ will be one of the major roots releases of the coming months” – fRoots magazine

Filligar – Band

One of the best young bands in America, Filligar is an alternative/indie rock band. They have toured – from North America to Europe and the Middle East – sharing stages with many established bands. Filligar’s latest record has been named “Best New Music” by American Songwriter Magazine, while their previous release was nominated  “Best Rock Album” at the 2012 Independent Music Awards. Filligar has been selected by the State Department as cultural ambassadors, representing the “American people and their cultural values” and “the best of the U.S. arts.”

Buxton Fusion – Percussion (Drumming)

In 2007, the musical group Buxton Fusion was formed. Originally comprising of Guyanese, of both African and Indian descent, the group is now an African traditional percussion ensemble, engaging, teaching and performing traditional drumming rhythms with young people of all ages. The young drummers are making positive strides and entertaining audiences in Guyana regularly. The group, with Deo Persaud and Marlon Adams, is creating a new musical path and original members have benefited from collaborative performances with Keith Waithe in Trinidad at the Commonwealth Heads of Government festivities.

Indus Voices – Band

Formed in 2009, Indus Voices is a Guyanese musical group that promotes a wide genre of Indian music – Classical, Indian Folk Music, Bollywood, traditional Bhojpuri songs and fusion music. The group got its name “Indus Voices” from the historical evidence of the Indus Valley in India, proclaimed to be the cradle for all Indian civilization, inclusive of its music and other art forms. Lead by Somdatt (Amar) Ramessar, Indus Voices’ main objective is to preserve the roots of Indian music and dance.

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