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FOWOKAN return to the music scene with a new sound and a fantastic first album, “Shadow of Rasta”.  

FOWOKAN (JAM/UK) was formed in 2009 by internationally acclaimed, Jamaican-born drummer, SAM KELLY – a highly respected musician across different styles of music, including reggae, R&B, soul, jazz and funk. FOWOKAN is also PAUL JOBSON (MD/keyboards/bvs), RICHARD SADLER (bass), TONY QUNTA (guitar/bvs), MICHAEL ‘LALLY’ CAREY (guitar/bvs) , JEROME MARCUS (percussion/bvs) and TINA JOBSON (backing vocals).

In the early 70’s, Sam joined his very first band, “Cymande” which is currently enjoying renewed success as they return to the World music scene. Although not well known in the UK in the early 70’s, Cymande successfully toured in the USA to promote 3 albums which were released on the Janus label, a subsidiary of Chess records. Cymande’s music has retained a cult following over the years and, even today, the name is still well known by a new generation of successful garage, hip-hop and rap artists who have sampled several of the original tracks.

It is this connection with Cymande that has shaped and established the style of reggae that is so familiar to FOWOKAN supporters. The performance set list includes some of the Cymande hits, some Bob Marley classics and a range of reggae favourites.

The members of FOWOKAN have performed live at the London Jazz Festival Stratford, The Jazz Café London, the BBC Soul Britannia All Stars Tour and One Love Festival. The band have also supported OSIBISA at Fairfield Halls, Croydon as part of the African Music Festival.  FOWOKAN have been successfully touring in Europe over recent years, establishing a loyal and supportive fan base.  They are familiar faces on the UK Festival scene and London music venues.   Please keep checking the website and Facebook pages (www.facebook.com/Fowokanreggae) for updates on a very exciting 2018 – more news soon.  

Biogs:

Sam

SAM KELLY (www.sam-kelly.co.uk)

Sam’s self-taught style of drumming has made him a much sought-after, successful musician with a career spanning some forty years. Sam continues to work around the World, stamping his brand on all genres of music, from blues to rock, R&B, funk, soul and reggae. His vast list of credits includes working with Rico Rodriguez, Chaka Khan, Nicky Thomas, Crown Prince Miller, Janet Kay, Victor Romero and Taka Boom, Roger Chapman and the late, great Gary Moore. With a delicate sensitivity to rhythm and a great understanding of dynamics in music, he has earned the respected position of Musical Director for Soul Britannia. Sam has also been honoured in Blues in Britain’s ‘Gallery of Greats’ after winning ‘UK Drummer of the Year’ for five years running. 

paul

PAUL JOBSON

Paul is internationally recognised for his versatility, creativity and talent on the keyboards. He has played alongside Chaka Khan, Taka Boom, Hamish Stewart, Joss Stone, Bad Manners, Barbara Mason and the Emotions.  Recent he has also performed with Boney M, The Impressions, Ben E. King and Zigaboo Modeliste.  Amongst his many musical achievements, Paul was M.D. for Cymande II during their very successful U.K. and European tours. He is M.D. for FOWOKAN.

tony croppedTONY QUNTA

Tony is a talented musician with over 20 years experience in the music business.  He is a singer/songwriter and lead guitarist. He has worked with artists such as Pauline Black, Everett Moreton, Wesley Magoogan, ‘Odyssey’, Mervyn Afrika, Cheryl Alleyne, Mamadi Kamara, Kabbala, Grace Kennedy, Helen Rodgers, Johnny Mars and Zigaboo Modeliste.

 

RICHARD SADLER

Richard moved to London in 1989, giving himself five years to succeed or fail as a musician… Since then he played regularly across all genres – jazz, pop, blues, reggae …even country! He continues to work as a musician, composer and sound engineer. He has worked as a studio session musician for Ray Davies (Kinks), Paul Weller, Tom Jones.He has played at some of the big festivals in the UK (Glastonbury, The Big Chill, London Jazz Festival) and has performed in major venues in the UK from Queen Elizabeth Hall to Ronnie Scott’s.

JEROME

JEROME MARCUS

From his origins as a drummer, Jerome brings a percussion connection which enhances the sensitivity and vibrancy of FOWOKAN’s contagious groove. He is a contemporary percussionist with an understanding of heartbeat rhythms from Latin, African and other genres in World Music.  He has performed with Zigaboo Modeliste, Imelda May, Robben Ford to name but a few.  Jerome’s vast experience includes touring alongside Hot Chocolate, Mary Wilson, Wang Chung, Kool & The Gang

Lally 1MICHAEL ‘LALLY’ CAREY

Lally is an entirely self-taught musician who truly plays from the soul.  His style is his alone.  With powerful vocals and incredible muscianship on lead guitar, Lally brings his vibrant stage presence to FOWOKAN performances.

TINA JOBSON

The newest member to join FOWOKAN is Tina Jobson, bringing her powerful backing vocals and on-stage vibe to the band.

FOWOKAN’S new CD “Shadow of Rasta”

Engineered and Mixed by Lally

Mastered by Gongger Complete Music Services

Recorded at Willow Studios, Harrow

Produced by FOWOKAN band/Roxbrokelly Records

FOWOKAN IN GERMANY 2013