ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK- MOSI CONDE, INTERNATIONAL GRIOT MUSICIAN FROM GUINEA, MOSI WILL ALSO BE PERFORMING AT THE BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT AT THE HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT

AFRIKA “ … an extraordinarily talented artist firmly rooted in tradition with a global sonic awareness … beautiful music from the heart that nourishes the spirit & makes a good party sound too” MOSI CONDE is a Djeli Deni – young griot – from Guinea Conakry’s leading family: Sekouba ‘Diamond Fingers’ Diabate & Mory Kante – with whom he recently performed at the RFH alongside Baaba Maal at Africa Utopia – are his uncles, Sona Diabate the founder of Les Amazones de Guineé is his aunt & his family are the inspiration for friends like Salif Keita and Alpha Blondy. MOSI CONDE solo or with his band Kaira Kora Afrika creates music that excites and delights, his virtuoso skill evident throughout. “We griots are born in music, every family plays together. Music is our life”. Mosi Conde’s celebration of his griot heritage shines through. With Radio 3 and BBC World Service airplay as well as Colourful, Resonance Fm, Regional BBC & copious Community stations & TV including Ben TV, Mosi Conde is a great communicator sharing deep awareness of his beloved Guinea and a strong affinity for London. “On Fire!” “The best gig I have been to in a long time” “Outstanding … when is the next one!” “ A festival in a night” the vibrant reactions to Mosi Conde Kaira Kora’s most recent night at Green Note, Camden are reverberating and the clips look to go worldwide viral. Mosi Conde thrilled with a solo set featuring all manner of traditional instruments and a band set with 12 musicians who were totally at his inspirational command. The audience sang beautifully when invited and danced their socks off! MOSI CONDE is making his mark on the vibrant global music scene, delighting both aficionados of African music & those who come from other grooves with his immense talent and fresh vibes. Dyam good music: firmly rooted in tradition with global sonic awareness & a stunning debut album: Mosi Conde: ‘Kaira Kora Afrika ’ is available at all gigs and all digital platforms, it’s highly rated with airplay on BBCR3 & more; In 2009 Mosi Conde was a headline artist at City Showcase’s Roots & Flutes launch; in 2010 he received a prestigious WOM@TT BOB – Best of British – Award for his outstanding music and breakthrough. Having provided essential ballast to a number of UK’ s leading bands and played solo at WOMAD and for Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and the Queen, Mosi Conde is seizing the time for his band as well as building on his impressive solo reputation. He’s played at Festivals including Womad, World City Music Village and Run to the Beat. With Enhanced CRB he’s further developing his excellent workshop repertoire building on recent work at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital School and The October Gallery. 2013 saw Mosi headline at key venues both solo and with his Kaira Kora Afrika band in its fine form with Festivals and prestigious launches. Highlights include the Africa Centre Festival, headlining the London African Music Festival concert at Charlton House and creating a magical vibe at Wandsworth Arts Festival’s The Shimmy as well as playing Upstairs at the Ritzy and Passing Clouds. He enchanted audiences at Green Note & returned in storming form this year – solo and with his band. 2011 saw Mosi Conde consolidate his status as one of the finest musicians around. In 2011 as well as performing live in a number of great venues and festivals, he expanded his repertoire with projects including playing at the launches of key charities & contributing to a fabulous track ‘Darkness to Light’ on the Pendragon Recordings CD . He played at the Barbican Launch alongside a host of other top musicians across genres and young people from both Pendragon School and Kids Company – all in aid of Kids Company. Mosi Conde was called by the BBC World Service to represent the Balafon becoming a UN Heritage instrument. Kora, Balafon, Guitar, Djembe, Bolon, Donso Ngoni, voice & more – Mosi excels! 2012 proved to be exciting for Mosi Conde. He played at the SOAS Endangered Languages symposium with celebrated New York Slam originator Bob Holman and worked with acclaimed poet Innua Ellams. Mosi was a key player in a bold concert re-envisioning John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme at Kings College Chapel with other distinguished Jazz and traditional musicians. He performed in the Jacqueline Du Pré Music Hall at Oxford Festival of Muslim Music to enhance cultural and religious harmony. Mosi Conde’s tracks with Dan Raza on Dan’s critically acclaimed eponymous album enjoy excellent airplay. He’s part of Sound Foundation an exciting proactive music programme based in Uganda & UK making a difference to African music making & played at VSO’s Christmas celebration and at many more great concerts and gigs. Mosi made a great splash for the Olympiad; His portrait is in The World In London online exhibition curated by the Photographers’ Gallery featuring 204 Londoners from the Olympic nations, representing Guinea. He played on several occasions for Greenwich Olympiad 2012 and at the Royal Albert Hall. A brilliant musician of increasing stature. Highlights so far this year include the Official Opening of Black Cultural Archives and the PRSF New Music Bienalle with jazz re:freshed. Later in the year Mosi supports Mali’s distinguished Ami Koita at LIFE Music Festival and performs at the Black History month presentation at the House of Commons. “Utterly mesmerising and spellbinding, totally infectious! Truly great music” Rainlore’s World of Music; “A mighty release … great material, a pleasure to listen to” Russ Jones Hackney GlobeTrotter; “… soundtrack of the summer” Flying Carpet ; www.youtube.com/mosiconde www.outerglobe.co.uk
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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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