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Music this evening from UK based Kora & Guitar duo – KORASON (Josh Doughty & Tim Tyson)
The perfect mix of these two stringed instruments is nothing new but when it is being played by two British born musicians who have more of a connection with West Wales than West Africa it is something most unique.
But Josh Doughty and Tim Tyson Short did first meet in Mali, West Africa, under a tree in Segou on the banks of the river Niger. They had both travelled to the festival de Niger in 2007. Josh had been learning with Kora master Toumani Diabaté and Tim was there to study Manding guitar and accompany his daughter who was singing at the festival.
“It was a surprise to meet another family from Wales in such a remote place” says Tim Tyson “and though Josh was in Mali with his parents and I was there with my daughter it was great to discover that we both loved the same music it seemed so natural”. As with all chance encounters it ended with “We must catch up back home.
And they did, over the years Tim and Josh have taken every opportunity to play together and have developed a set of tunes that acknowledges the traditions and history of Kora music but they have also developed their own sound with their own compositions and arrangements. “The Kora tradition is ancient” says Josh” but it is not really ours though, we have just been touched by it, there are plenty of African musicians far better than us. It is important to absorb and respect the tradition and then forge our own.” Josh has certainly done this and it is his Kora playing that can be heard on Sampha’s Mercury prize winning album “Process” He also runs Kora workshops across Europe, plays solo gigs in palaces and prisons and is in high demand as a session player.
January 2020 will find them travelling up the River Gambia to meet and play with musicians in villages they stop at.
“Out of all the music I play this is the one that I feel most for” says Tim Tyson “when we start it hard to stop, time takes a left turn and we carry on. There is so much to be done with this music whether its adapting our own songs or adding beats and singers we just keep developing.” Tim Tyson has spent a lot of time travelling and filming. He is mostly known as a percussionist playing with bands and as a recording session artist.
Whenever the duo perform they leave a sense of deep satisfaction, thanks and joy. At festivals, clubs, pubs or parties their music is always charged with their simple joy of playing together, it spreads like good news a sensation that you feel lucky to share.
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Acapela Studio provides pre-concert dining between 6.00pm and 7.45pm from our wood burning pizza oven. To view the current menu visit here. To book a table online, select the date of your event, number of diners and time you require table. The times shown are the only vacancies left. Please complete your email and phone number as this is required to ensure your table is allocated. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and text.
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Please note that all of our pizzas are made fresh to order and cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven. It may take up to 45 minutes to be served during busy periods.