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AYM: Afla Sackey and Afrik Bawantu

21 - 25 October 2019

Aldeburgh Young Musicians welcomes back renowned percussionist Afla Sackey, this time with his band Afrik Bawantu. With a focus on collaborative writing, rehearsing and arranging, we will be looking particularly at traditional Ghanaian rhythms and movements, and how over time they have been fused with Western Funk music leading to the creation of Afrobeat. Workshops on rhythm section playing, horn writing and traditional dance will also feature, all with the aim of bringing musicians together through song, dance and improvisation.



Luke Brueck Seeley
Rachel Caldwell
Bethan Callow
Kitty Culhane
Vera Edgington

Imogen Gotch
Connor Hargreaves
Isaac Holt
Dominic Howard
Olivia Hughes

Evie Hrydziuszko
Oscar Lyons
George Mooney
Lauren Peck
Maddy Salter

Rosie Scott
Ollie Talbot
Clementine Tuffrey

Open Session

The Open Session for this course is at 6pm on Friday 25 October 2019 in the Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings.

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About the artists

Afla Sackey

Afla Sackey, a Ghanaian Born percussionist, dancer-choreographer, vocalist and composer, has lived in the United Kingdom for many years. During his music and dance career as musician, choreographer and dancer, Afla worked with various dance and music companies around Europe and as an exceptionally talented percussionist, vocalist and composer he now regularly collaborates with musicians across all genres and cultural worlds within the UK as well as abroad. Afla Sackey graduated from the Masters in music Leadership course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2012 and is the director and artistic force of his band Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu.

Suman Joshi

Suman Joshi has been studying and performing music since the age of eleven when he first started playing classical guitar. After achieving Grade 7 his attention shifted to electric guitar & bass and he began to expand his knowledge of different styles of music. He moved to London at the age of nineteen and began to explore the genres of funk, soul, jazz, dance and world music, performing and recording with a wide variety of musicians on the professional circuit. Since then he has been a regular member of several high profile bands including the orchestra of ex-Fela & Femi Kuti keyboard player/MD Dele Sosimi, critically acclaimed modal jazz ensemble Collocutor, Jazz FM playlisted Cuban/Nigerian fusion band Cubafrobeat, Gilles Peterson championed Emanative and Ghanaian high life group Afrik Bwantu among others. All this experience has given him a wealth of practical knowledge and has seen him perform with the likes of Laura Mvula, Ginger Baker, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Shingai Shoniwa, Blak Twang and Eska.

Louis Pocock

Louis Pocock learnt percussion and drum kit with Clifford Jarvis, before starting work at Planet Drum Music School, London, where he has been teaching drum Kit and Latin percussion through one to one lessons and group workshops since 2001. As a performer, Louis has played drum kit with Afla Sackey and Afrik Bawantu since 2010, and has also played alongside and as part of Dele Sosemi, Monsalve, Bill Bland, Folie Ordinaire, Red Rag Band and Drums Motiv.

Harry Greene

Harry Greene is a London-based saxophonist, guitarist and composer. He is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, where he’s been fortunate enough to perform alongside the likes of Chris Potter, Dave Holland and Evan Parker. An in-demand sideman, Harry has performed and recorded with a wide variety of different bands including ‘Aaron & the Argonauts’ led by ex-Amy Winehouse/Prince saxophonist Aaron Liddard and ‘Vulfpeck’ guitarist Cory Wong. Harry also fronts his own projects including a brand new contemporary jazz quintet and an organ trio, as well as writing/arranging for a touring 9-piece funk band, ‘The Ashton Jones Project,’ playing venues such as Cheltenham and London Jazz Festivals. Other high-profile venues Harry has performed at include has performed at include the Albert Hall, Latitude festival and Ronnie Scott’s as well as supporting Lianne Carroll, Claire Martin OBE and Clare Teal at St John Smith’s Square with the Barford/Stoneman Organ Quintet courtesy of JBGB management. A former endorsing artist of Hughes & Ketter amplification, Harry has played at product demonstrations in China as well as performing with various groups around Europe and the Middle East.

Find out more | Key contact

Matt Wigley – Producer, AYM
01728 687159


AYM is generously supported by Arts Council England, Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundations, The Cedar Trust, in memory of Sheila Stainton, The Department for Education, Foyle Foundation, The Ganzoni Charitable Trust, The Leverhulme Trust, Limbourne Trust, Sorkin Family Charitable Trust, Trinity College London and the Garfield Weston Foundation, in addition to a number of generous individuals, including Edward Bray, Professor Sir Barry Ife and Jeremy & Elizabeth Wagener.