Black History Month Cubana Jamdown at Café Marzano11th April 2014
Well the fundraising for Black History Month continues to gather momentum with another fantastic night of great music and food down at Café Marzano, Norwich. By Julie Inns
We are really lucky in Norfolk to have such a diversity of talent ranging in ages, origins, abilities, styles andgenres and a lot of it came together on the 11th April to create one perfect storm of awesomeness!!
Before the music even kicked off people were getting in the spirit by tucking into Danny Keens amazing food. A true feast was laid out which can only be described as Caribbean with a twist, fusion food at its best with curry, chilli, chicken, pasta, salads and cake.
The evening kicked off with brilliant bossa nova star Zara who certainly got the audience in the mood with a couple of easy listening jazz/samba inspired songs.
Accompanied by the amazing Cuban percussionist Jose Ferer and his Cubanda band, Simon Brown (recently back from Havana) on piano and all the way from SaoPaolo Brazil, Sambarista Duda and Caspar James on Caribbean calypso.
Sahra Gure was next up and with a voice that just stops you in your tracks and makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention, belting out a few of the jazz standards.
When you hear this girl sing it’s hard to believe that she is still only 17 years old – once to watch in the future for sure.
After a quick pit stop the music started up again with very talented Danny Keen. Danny is not only a fantastic cook, talented painter but also plays a mean piano. You would have to have a heart of stone and feet of cement not to get toe tapping along to his mambo shuffle.
Local talented songstress Ashley – Kate followed with two outstanding jazz performances, firstly with her version of Billy Holidays That Ole Devil which was a lovely romantic version which lulled everyone into a nice cosy love filled haze to be quickly shattered when she then blasted the roof off with Etta James’ I just wannamake love to you! http://youtu.be/woqjYhFrJ5s
The evening ended with Jose Ferer and his Cubandaband, Simon Brown, Sambarista Duda and Caspar James jamming away and winding down the evening.
All good evening was had by all and over £700 was raised to support events and activities for this year’s Black History Month in October.