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Fowokan – Beer Festival

Where: Grainstore Brewery, Oakham
When: Saturday 26th August, 8.30pm

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the British Reggae band FOWOKAN.

From their time together in “Cymande”, the legendary British funk band, FOWOKAN re-unites core member Sam Kelly (drums/bvs) with lead vocalist, 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. With a lengthy legacy in the UK and international music scenes, Jamaican-born drummer, Sam Kelly, is highly respected for his musical ability across all genres including reggae, R&B, soul, jazz and funk.  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). Each of these musicians brings their own history of great performances and collaborations.   FOWOKAN is also joined, on occasions, by TJ Johnson, Calvin Lindsay, Mike Wesson and Andy Hodge.

Jimmy is a genuine reggae/soul artist with a cultured musical history. He began as a soul singer in the sixties and came to fame as the front man of Cymande in the 70’s . Jimmy then went on to a solo career and found himself at the forefront of British reggae aligning himself with reggae greats as Joe Gibbs, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Andy and Bob Marley. Jimmy’s song writing delves deeper into the roots of reggae and communicates a powerful message through his Jamaican heritage, touching your soul and dancing feet. His strength of song writing is documented on 3 solo albums ‘Where Is Your Love’, ‘Children Of Rastafari’, and ‘Jimmy Lindsay and Rasuji Live at The Venue 1980’. He has performed alongside Ronnie Lane, E.L.P, Steel Pulse, Status Quo and many contemporaries. His chart success includes his superlative re-working of the 1977 British Reggae award-winning single Commodores’ ‘Easy’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’. Jimmy returns as lead vocalist with FOWOKAN to re-deliver the magic of British Black Music once again.


Sam’s playing career started in the early 1970′s with British funk/reggae band ‘Cymande’. His self-taught style of drumming has made him a much sought-after, successful musician with a career spanning some forty years. Sam continues to work around the World, stamping his brand on all genres of music, from blues to rock, R&B, funk, soul and reggae. His vast list of credits includes working with Rico Rodriguez, Chaka Khan, Nicky Thomas, Crown Prince Miller, Janet Kay, Victor Romero and Taka Boom. With a delicate sensitivity to rhythm and a great understanding of dynamics in music, he has earned the respected position of Musical Director for Soul Britannia. Sam has also been honoured in Blues in Britain’s ‘Gallery of Greats’ after winning ‘UK Drummer of the Year’ for five years running.

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