Vox Sambou + Liz Ikamba + Solomon O.B at The Jam Jar
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"UK debut of Haitian-Canadian superstar Vox Sambou and his electrifying fusion of vodou rhythms, Afrobeat, hip-hop and the global spirit of resistance. Recommended FFO: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Blitz the Ambassador."

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A gig held at The Jam Jar on Thursday 21st March. The event starts at 20:00.

It’s World Poetry Day and The Jam Jar are honoured to welcome Montreal-based Haitian vocalist Vox Sambou with his incredible band for another full force Bristol and UK debut!

Channelling the spirit of Fela Kuti and Bob Marley, Vox Sambou makes uplifting, joyful, charged music that combines Afrobeat, funk, reggae, hip-hop and rhythms from all across the African diaspora.

Vox Sambou is an MC, poet, and multilingual performer, fluent in Creole, French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He co-founded the hip-hop collective Nomadic Massive. With a focus on social issues, Sambou's music spreads joy and optimism. He has performed worldwide and is renowned for his engaging live shows.

The Jam Jar Presents
Vox Sambou (full live band)
+ Liz Ikamba (live duo)
+ Solomon O.B (spoken word)
Thursday 21st March
Doors Open 7.30pm
The Jam Jar

As a charismatic showman and committed activist, Sambou effortlessly captivates audiences with infectious, memorable melodies and relentless rhythms filled with energy, passion, love, and artistic brilliance. His music tackles topics such as unity and solidarity, reflecting his dedication to social change.

His recently released fourth solo album, "We Must Unite" (2023) showcases his unique sound and is a tribute to the women and men of Haiti, shedding light on their resilience and contributions in various societies such as Haiti, Brazil, Chile, North America, and Africa. It is a fusion of traditional Haitian rhythms and rhythms of Candomblé from Brazil within his own sound rooted in hip-hop, reggae, and Afrobeat.

Vox Sambou has performed at prestigious events worldwide, including Jazzahead in Bremen, Germany, Zomer Van Antwerpen Festival in Belgium, and Huvila Tent Festival in Helsinki, where he opened for Calypso Rose. In North America, he has graced stages at DC Jazz Fest, The Kennedy Center, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, Rio-das-Ostras Jazz Festival in Brazil, Womad Chile, and Circulart in Colombia. In addition to his music career, Sambou has dedicated 15 years to directing a youth community center in Montreal's Côte-des-Neiges. As a passionate advocate, he denounces injustices and promotes solidarity, uplifting the rich heritage of Haiti through his art

British-Congolese (DRC) singer and multi-instrumentalist Liz Ikamba cross pollinates musical and cultural influences, seamlessly blending the rich and vibrant sounds of Congo folk music with elements of Jazz and Soul. Groove-driven riffs and sun-fuelled rhythms fuse with soulful vocals, catchy hooks and harmonies, to create a bold and timeless Afro-Soul-Folk sound. Singing in both English and Lingala, Liz weaves together a personal and ancestral story, with songs speaking largely from her experience as a dual heritage woman and artist living in the UK.

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