Performers at Blue Mountains Music Festival 2019
Lamine Sonko and the African Intelligence (Senegal)
Lamine Sonko & The African intelligence deliver an ancient rhythmic collision of African roots music, jazz, funk, and reggae. The ten-piece ensemble is unmatched in their ability to excite and engage Australian audiences with their contemporary fusion of exhilarating Afro grooves.
The band is fronted by the charismatic, Lamine Sonko, who is quickly becoming Australia’s most accomplished African artist. Praised for his compelling melodies and distinct percussive blend of the traditional and contemporary, Lamine is modernising West African music while maintaining the essence of ancient sounds and stories. He skillfully integrates English, Wolof and Mandinka, to convey his powerful messages of social equality, cultural diversity and the importance of indigenous music.
Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence have recently delivered crowd-stopping performances at WOMADelaide, Port Fairy Folk Festival, White Night Melbourne, Fed Square NYE, and Arts Centre Melbourne.
They have just released Afro Empire, their debut album inspired by two recent trips to West Africa infusing their afro beats with a new wave of future rhythms, roots and jazz.