Remixing Folk Beats | London Eclectic Music Scene

Kondi Band Debut Concert 23 April 2016 | The Forge Camden, London

Heavy techno vibrations synched with graphic projections, radiate through the crowd gathered in front of the stage commanded by two men. Electric beats drum up a hypnotic rhythm that had the crowd synchronised. Yet this is far from the typical rave music, for the electronic notes were soon woven with clear notes seemingly sourced from a forest clearing.

This sound is a blend between traditional African Folk music with Techno born from the American mid-West, that comes from the collaboration between Sorie Kondi and Chief Boima. Kondi is a blind thumb piano player and singer from Sierra Leone. A video on his performance on youtube inspired New York producer Bomia to seek a collaboration. Following years of work, their blend of traditional folk music with electronic pop has synthesised into a hypnotic beat, which has sent the Kondi Band to London to debut in London at The Forge, known for bringing the best of London’s eclectic music under one roof. Their debut performance will follow their debut release, planned for May 2016 by Strut Records, London.


The Forge, Camden © Photo Grace Lai

Apart from music concerts, The Forge also hosts various poetry readings and spoken word. I am looking forward to The Forge becoming the stage for K-Music Festival featuring Korean Rock Bandz, Dead Buttons, DTSQ and We Are The Night, along with breakout UK breakout star Max Raptor next Wednesday, 25 May 2016. For tickets visit The Forge or email

The Forge
3-7 Delancey St
London NW1 7NL
020 7383 7808

Story by Grace Lai.