Mambista – FRIDAY May 24th Bukky Leo Afrobeat Quintet + DJ Gerry Lyseight + 8bar Dance Class

Mambista – The Latin, African & Jazz Dance Party 

FRIDAY May 24th

Bukky Leo Afrobeat Quintet live
DJ Gerry Lyseight
8bar dance class at 8 led by Ned Smith


The Portico
23a, Knight’s Hill,
SE27 0HS

Tix: £8 (early bird)/£10 + bkg fee here
OTD £12
Bukky Leo Afrobeat Quintet will be in the house bringing the groove of funky Lagos to The Pleasure Palace! Bukky Leo grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and was spotted by the original Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and immediately invited to join Tony’s new band. Bukky went on to play with the great Fela Kuti where the seeds of Afrobeat were being sown. After sometime in the band, and under the influence of Tony Allen, Bukky decided to follow his journey with his own distinct style of Jazz and Afrobeat.

In 1982, Bukky made it to London, where he became one of the forerunners of the Acid Jazz scene. A young A&R man called Gilles Peterson signed him to the newly formed Acid Jazz label. His first release ‘Rejoice in Righteousness’ was at the heart of the Acid Jazz world. It went straight to number one in the Rhythm and Blues, Dance and Jazz charts.After the Acid Jazz days, Bukky eventually formed Black Egypt who have recorded highly acclaimed albums featuring the musical legacies of both Fela Kuti and William Onyeabor.

Hope to see you at Mambista’s ‘end of term party’ with a live blast of Afrobeat and Acid Jazz from one of the masters, Bukky Leo!

Bukky’s latest release is Skeleton (Gilles Peterson Mix) available via

Bukky Leo with Gilles Peterson at Brownswood

Listen at  

Beginning at 8, and led by Ned!!!
Big fun for those who arrive early and want to learn some new dance floor moves. No extra cost, all part of the ticket price

The soundtrack for The Latin, African and Jazz Dance Party will be provided by DJ Gerry Lyseight (ex-GLR/BBC London, Mambo Inn, Mango Landin’) spinning The Patented Mambista Mash Up!