During our brief stay in Brussels last week, Mr F and I wandered down to the Live Music Cafe on Rue Anspach to catch a band for free. With the free live music scene in London having been decimated in recent years, it is a real treat to be able to go to a bar and watch a decent band instead of some glorified karaoke act for a change.
The band in question were Jeanjou & Dieudos, who together with their drummer and sax player treated a (very) small but appreciative audience to some fine African sounds. Here are the lads in action.
My normal visit to Musicanova in Brussels to stock up on Congolese CDs wasn't a great success, as they were closed when we popped in. But I did manage to pick up "Likelemba", the new album by Reddy Amisi, at a shop round the corner. I unintentionally bartered the woman down from €15 to €10, and on first listen it is worth every penny. Here are a couple of selections.
"Generique" - Reddy Amisi
"Ndombele" - Reddy Amisi
Here is some earlier Reddy:
And some even earlier Reddy: