Ezra Collective is the award-winning band born out of Tomorrows Warriors UK organisation for jazz music. First coming onto the scene in May 2012 when they were victorious in the Yamaha Jazz Experience Competition. They were blown away at the standard of Ezra Collective’s set and the advanced musicianship demonstrated by the band. This lead on to an award which saw Ezra support Terence Blanchard in London Jazz Festival 2012. Since then they have gone on to headline various festivals and play in different clubs around London and beyond. This includes Royal Albert Hall and Festivals up and down the UK. The strong influence of Afro Beat, Reggae and Hip Hop, tied together by tuition and understanding of jazz creates the unique Ezra Collective sound. Ezra Collective have also been used as rapper Pharoahe Monch’s live band further demonstrating their versatility in musicianship and other noticeable collaborations in hip hop such as TY. They continue to push boundaries of live music creating a unique blend of Afro Beat, Hip Hop and Reggae, tied together with a love of jazz.
Born out of the heat of Nigeria’s 1970s african funk scene, William Onyeabor is a synth pioneer who self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in South-Eastern Nigeria, and then became a Born-Again Christian, refusing to ever speak about himself or his music again.
Though the recording scene in 1960s and ’70s Benin rivaled that of neighboring Ghana and Nigeria, the European compilers who helped make Nigeria’s Fela Kuti and Ghana’s K. Frimpong (relative) household names have only recently rediscovered the country’s musical heroes.
Zambia (Southern Africa).