Reviewed Saturday February 27th 2010 (continues until March 11th)
Presented by the Damushi Ensemble.
Venue: Nexus Cabaret, Lion Arts Centre Cnr North Tce and Morphett Street Adelaide
Season: February 27-28 at 5pm, and March 10-11 at 7pm
Tickets: $9-$13 (plus booking fees) available through FringeTix
Bookings: FringeTix 1300-FRINGE (374 643) or www.adelaidefringe.com.au
For lovers of Afrobeat, there’s no going past local African artist Professor Dada Nii and his wonderful band, fusing West African drumming and songs with jazz.
The current line up of the 12-piece ensemble has been together for 18 months, and in the spirit of both musical genres, improvisation plays a part of the performance. Their vocal harmonies are marvellous, and include both traditional songs and original Dada Nii compositions.
Professor Nii introduces each number, explaining the story of the song, but they add little value to the music, providing an opportunity instead for the charismatic musician to engage the audience and encourage them to dance.
Saxophones, a trombone, and a guitar blend with some fierce hand drumming to create a wonderfully unique Afro-jazz sound. The up-tempo beats fill the Nexus Cabaret at a comfortable volume but, sadly, it is an all-too-short concert, running only an hour.
Review by Rod Lewis, Glam Adelaide Arts Critic.