Double Bill

Fowokan and Mollys Bar

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Last Show: Friday 19 th May 2017

PizzaExpress Live (Maidstone)

Forged from their time together in “Cymande”, the legendary 1970's British funk/soul pioneers, FOWOKAN re-unites core member Sam Kelly (drums/bvs) with International reggae artist, Jimmy Lindsay. In 2009 Jimmy performed at The British Lovers’ Rock Show where he received an Award for his contribution to Lovers’ Rock and British Black Music. His chart success includes his superlative re-working of the 1977 British Reggae award winning single Commodores’ ‘Easy’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’. Jamaican-born drummer, Sam Kelly has a lengthy legacy in the UK and International music scenes. He is highly respected for his musical ability across all genres including reggae, R&B, soul, jazz and funk. Currently back on tour with Cymande, Sam has, over the years performed with a wealth of musicians including Dr. John, Chaka Khan, Eddie Floyd, Robert Plant, Roger Chapman, Michelle Shocked and the late, great Gary Moore.

Molly’s Bar are a 5 piece original Maidstone based act, fusing a wide range of influences – funky and danceable with elements of soul, blues, world fusion & rock, fronted by the twin vocal talents of Vaughan Batchelor and Tom Ord. The band are currently playing to appreciative audiences across Kent, and branching out with tour and festival dates around the UK.


FOWOKAN is also Paul Jobson (Boney M, Ben E. King, Joss Stone - MD/keyboards/vocals), Richard Sadler (bass), Tony Qunta ('Odyssey', Mervyn Afrika, Cheryl Alleyne - guitar/vocals), Michael ‘Lally’ Carey (guitar/vocals) and Jerome Marcus (Zigaboo Modeliste, Imelda May - percussion/bvs). These musicians hail from Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa, Holland and England, each bringing their own history of great performances and collaborations.

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. FOWOKAN also supported OSIBISA at Fairfield Halls, Croydon as part of the African Music Festival. The Band has toured successfully across Europe since 2012.

FOWOKAN'S debut album "Shadow of Rasta" can be purchased through ITunes and is available at all live events. Band performances also include some Pink Floyd “reggae-style”, a bit of FOWOKAN “ska” and, of course, plenty of Bob Marley.