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I loved The Portico Gallery (recently refurbed and renamed The Portico) the first time I saw it – on a Folk Of The Wood Ceilidh night – and our first Mambista session happened there in October 2014. The plan was to feature the music I have always loved and played from Mambo Inn days onwards.

Latin, African and Jazz are all huge areas covering rhythms/styles taking in Soukous, Highlife, Afrobeat, Afrobeats, Township Jive, Mbalax, Salsa, Cumbia, Son, Timba, Charanga, Bugalu, Samba, Choro, Samba Reggae, Latin Jazz, Jazz Funk, Jazz Fusion. That’s where we start but if you believe, as i do, that most great music has its roots in Africa then reggae, funk, soul, blues, Drum and Bass, rock are also part of the mix aka The Patented Mambista Mash up! 

It would never be possible to recreate the sweaty, smokey, thrill of the Mambo Inn days but great music is still being made, and being played, people still enjoy dancing to it, and I love playing it.

There is always an excellent live band*, fab food, a well-stocked bar and a great atmosphere. See you there asap!

*Mambista live bands include Grupo Lokito, Sexteto Cafe, Krar Collective, Jazz Carib, Soothsayers and Youthsayers, Shebeen Blues, Maroon Town, Sarabanda, Bukky Leo’s Black Egypt, Da Lata, Little George Sueref, Nérija, Yaaba Funk, Ray Carless & Club Skaaville Allstars, Conjunto Sabroso, Balkanatics, Yvng Afrikan Pioneers and more

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Mambista  - FRIDAY November 25th - Soothsayers + DJ Gerry Lyseight

Mambista – FRIDAY November 25th – Soothsayers + DJ Gerry Lyseight

Nov 25, 8:00pmNov 26, 12:00am

Portico Gallery23A Knight's HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

Mambista – The Latin, African & Jazz Dance Party with live Nu Afrobeat and Dub from Soothsayers.

New album: Soothsayers' project with New York-born, São Paulo-based producer-engineer-bassist, Victor Rice. Soothsayers Meets Victor Rice & Friends features 11 instrumental recordings, lovingly assembled between London, São Paulo and Lisbon

David 'Ram Jam' Rodigan: "Soothsayers have been providing us with their own unique brand of Reggae for many years now and this new instrumental album is a wonderful reflection of all the qualities which make this band’s work so important and enjoyable"

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DJ Gerry Lyseight

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delicious hot food + snacks on sale courtesy of Carey’s Kitchen!!See MoreSee Less

2 interested  ·  1 going
Mambista - at The Portico - Saturday October 22nd - Michael "Bammi" Rose live + DJ Gerry Lyseight

Mambista – at The Portico – Saturday October 22nd – Michael “Bammi” Rose live + DJ Gerry Lyseight

Oct 22, 8:00pmOct 23, 12:00am

Portico Gallery23A Knight's HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

Mambista

The African, Latin & Jazz Dance Party

Saturday October 22nd

Michael "Bammi" Rose

with live

Jazz, Ska & Reggae

+ DJ Gerry Lyseight

Saxophonist/flautist Bammi has definitively been there and done that, having played with Jazz Jamaica, Aswad, Jazz Warriors, Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Cymande, on the Graceland Tour with Paul Simon, Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba etc., and will be bringing the wisdom, and the groove, of the Elders!

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!

Come and support live music at a great venue!

+ delicious hot food + snacks on sale courtesy of Carey’s Kitchen!!See MoreSee Less

1 interested  ·  2 going
Mambista In The Park - Claude Deppa & Clare Hirst Band live + DJ Gerry Lyseight

Mambista In The Park – Claude Deppa & Clare Hirst Band live + DJ Gerry Lyseight

Sep 4, 6:30pmSep 4, 10:30pm

Brockwell Park Community GreenhousesBrockwell ParkLondon,SE24 9BJ Map

The fourth and final Mambista in the Park of 2022 – before we scurry back to The Portico for the dark and cold months – features Claude Deppa/Clare Hirst Band with influences from Township Jive to Brazilian Samba and Jamaican Reggae. Clare Hirst (ex-Belle Stars) on saxophones, and Claude Deppa on trumpet and flugelhorn. Clare has played with The Communards and Mica Paris and has been an integral part of Hazel O’Connor’s touring band. She also played with David Bowie at Live Aid. Claude Deppa was born in Cape Town and played with Miriam Makeba, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, Carla Bley and was part of Hugh Masekela’s touring band.See MoreSee Less

12 interested  ·  3 going
Mambista in the Park - Michael 'Bammi' Rose live + DJ Gerry Lyseight

Mambista in the Park – Michael ‘Bammi’ Rose live + DJ Gerry Lyseight

Aug 14, 6:30pmAug 14, 10:30pm

Brockwell Park Community GreenhousesBrockwell ParkLondon,SE24 9BJ Map

Gig At The Greenhouses

Mambista at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses
Brockwell Park,


SE24 0PA

Sunday August 14th

Michael ‘Bammi’ Rose live

+ DJ Gerry Lyseight

18.30 – 22.30

Another evening of superb music – in this case jazz, reggae and ska – guaranteed by Michael ‘Bammi’ Rose. Bammi has the bona fides having played with Jazz Jamaica, Aswad, Jazz Warriors, Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Cymande, the Graceland Tour with Paul Simon, Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba.

Band members have CVs which include The Specials, PJ Harvey, Errol Linton and Carrol Thompson.

No jestering with this crew, they know their business!

Come rain or shine ……as we can take shelter in the Greenhouse and under marquees if the weather is unkind to us.

Delicious hot food will be available from 7 – 9.15pm. 
You can book your meal preference with your tickets:

Sweet Potato & Peanut Curry with rice. Vegetarian/Vegan

Chicken Madras with rice


Join us for a wonderful session of seriously good sounds! Book your tickets below. Children under 12 go free.


Tickets in advance:

£12 Music only / £18 Music and Food

Concessions: £10 Music only / £15 Music and Food

Michael ‘Bammi’ Rose – sax/flute

Alan Weekes – Guitar

Kenrick Rowe – Drums

Tony Uter – percussion

Lance Rose – Double Bass

18.30 – 19.30 Gerry

19.30 – 20.15 Michael ‘Bammi’ Rose

20.15 – 21.15 Gerry

21.15 – 22.00 Michael ‘Bammi’ Rose

22.00 – 22.30 Gerry

Mambista has been hosting monthly club nights since 2014 at West Norwood’s Portico Gallery with live music from bands such as Sexteto Café, Yaaba Funk, Balkanatics, Grupo Lokito, Nerija, Krar Collective and Da Lata alongside the patented Mambista mash-up on the decks, courtesy of founder, DJ Gerry Lyseight (co-founder of Brixton’s legendary Mambo Inn, Mango Landin’, ex-presenter of Planet Mambo on GLR/BBC London)See MoreSee Less

4 interested  ·  1 going
Mambista - The Latin, African & Jazz Dance Party - with Kongo Dia Ntotila live + DJ Gerry Lyseight

Mambista – The Latin, African & Jazz Dance Party – with Kongo Dia Ntotila live + DJ Gerry Lyseight

May 27, 8:00pmMay 28, 12:00am

Portico Gallery23A Knight's HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

Mambista May 27th – Kongo Dia Ntotila’s sound blends some of Africa’s finest dance music styles. They draw on a breadth of African rhythmic and sonic traditions, with influences of Congolese rumba and the sunshine sounds of seben guitar, seamlessly fused with a neat dose of jazz. It is pure Afro-joy: dance-inducing beats, polyrhythmic guitars, grooving bass and soaring brass.

Their latest offering is an extended EP of live tracks from a packed London show at The Jago, Dalston. Half A Live Set presents all new material that will feature on the next studio album.

"Incredible musicianship.” Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music

"A euphoric joy" MOJO magazine


"An all around incredible album" Songlines magazine


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!

Come and support live music at a great venue!

Delicious hot food and snacks on sale courtesy of Carey’s Kitchen until 10See MoreSee Less

8 interested  ·  7 going
Mambista  - April 23rd - Yvng Afrikan Pioneers + DJ Gerry Lyseight

Mambista – April 23rd – Yvng Afrikan Pioneers + DJ Gerry Lyseight

Apr 23, 8:00pmApr 24, 12:00am

Portico Gallery23A Knight's HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

Yvng Afrikan Pioneers. Dropping a selection of classic HighLife and Palmwine guitar music from Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone; spanning classics from the 50s the 60s and the 70s. Y.A.P is made up of veterans of the HighLife era as well as younger musicians from the London music scene.

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!

+ delicious hot food and snacks on sale!See MoreSee Less

5 interested  ·  1 going
Mambista with Sarabanda live

Mambista with Sarabanda live

Mar 26, 8:00pmMar 27, 12:00am

Portico Gallery23A Knight's HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

Mambista March 26th – Sarabanda play Cuban son and vibrant salsa with a serious groove. Pianist Sara McGuinness sought out musicians with a passion for Cuban music to form a collective and the result is a powerful sextet with a big sound.

Sara was awarded UK Lukas Awards Latin Musician of the Year 2018!

Sliding effortlessly between classic Cuban cha cha cha, mambo and son to the latest hot timba, salsa and Latin jazz, this is Cuban music at its very finest.

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’)

+ hot food and well-stocked barSee MoreSee Less

8 interested  ·  6 going
Mambista returns with Grupo Lokito live + DJ Gerry Lyseight

Mambista returns with Grupo Lokito live + DJ Gerry Lyseight

Feb 26, 8:00pmFeb 27, 12:00am

Portico Gallery23A Knight's HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

Grupo Lokito – Congolese Soukous meets Cuban Salsa with a little Rumba sprinkled on top. The dance floor is always at their mercy. Plus DJ Gerry Lyseight, great food and a lovely crowd

13 interested  ·  8 going
The Portico reopens - Mambista returns - September 3rd with Soothsayers

The Portico reopens – Mambista returns – September 3rd with Soothsayers

Sep 3, 8:00pmSep 4, 12:00am

The Portico, 23a, Knights Hill, West Norwood, se27 0hs Map

Portico Relaunch Mambista!

About this event

Soothsayers

+ DJ Gerry Lyseight

Doors: 8 – Late

Hot Food!

£12 on the door. Card Only

There was no Portico – no Mambista at Portico – for 18 months. But we’re back on

September 3rd as The Portico reopens its welcoming doors.

And there is no better way to celebrate the re-opening of The Portico, and Mambista’s return to the fold, than in the company of the uplifting, inclusive, funked-up afrobeats, reggae riddims, dubwise and jazzadelica of Soothsayers.

Soothsayers recently released their excellent 9th album, We Are Many; sold out the Jazz Café in June; as well selling out a glorious Mambista session in Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses in July, and it is always a pleasure to have them.See MoreSee Less

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Mambista - Ghana Independence Day Party - Yung Afrika Pioneers

Mambista – Ghana Independence Day Party – Yung Afrika Pioneers

Mar 6, 8:00pmMar 7, 12:00am

Mambista23a Knights HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

A Celebration of HighLife Music visiting the classics from the hey days of HighLife, featuring E T Mensah, Jerry Hansen and the Ramblers, Dr Victor Olaiya, Cardinal Rex Lawson and more….

Mambista, aka The Latin, African and Jazz Dance Party, revs up next on Friday March 6th (Ghana Independence Day) with Yung Afrika Pioneers dropping a selection of classic HighLife and Palmwine guitar music from Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone; spanning classics from the 50s the 60s and the 70s. Y.A.P is made up of veterans of the HighLife era as well as Younger musicians from the London music scene.See MoreSee Less

7 interested  ·  5 going
Mambista at the Portico Gallery

Mambista at the Portico Gallery

Mar 6, 8:00pmMar 7, 12:00am

23a Knights Hill, London, SE27 0HS, United Kingdom Map

Mambista, aka The Latin, African and Jazz Dance Party, revs up next on Friday March 6th with Yung Afrika Pioneers dropping a selection of classic HighLife and Palmwine guitar music from Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone; spanning classics from the 50s the 60s and the 70s. Y.A.P is made up of veterans of the HighLife era as well as Younger musicians from the London music scene. They rock, without forgetting to roll!See MoreSee Less

9 interested  ·  2 going
Mambista

Mambista

Feb 7, 8:00pmFeb 8, 12:00am

Mambista23a Knights HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

Mambista returns in 2020 with the fabulous Conjunto Sabroso playing wild and wonderful salsa caliente to help bring an end to these dark winter days.

February 7th will be a fantastic night dancing to this incredible band and to DJ Gerry Lyseight spinning his own special selection of music from around the world.

6 interested  ·  3 going
Mambista New Year's Eve Wing Ding

Mambista New Year’s Eve Wing Ding

Dec 31, 9:00pmJan 1, 1:00am

Portico Gallery

Mambista’s New Year’s Eve Wing Ding – feat. Grupo Lokito live

Mambista closes the curtains on 2019 with one of our faves, Grupo Lokito and their dancefloor mix of Congolese Soukous and Cuban Salsa fire.

Grupo Lokito will be playing the ultimate live Mambista set for 2019, when The Mambista Mash Up takes over until Grupo Lokito treat one and all to a second set, as we hotfoot it into 2020

£20 at www.porticogallery.org.uk

+++Complimentary mulled wine and party paraphernalia +++See MoreSee Less

6 interested  ·  1 going
Mambista New Year's Eve Wing Ding with Grupo Lokito live!

Mambista New Year’s Eve Wing Ding with Grupo Lokito live!

Dec 31, 9:00pmJan 1, 2:00am

Mambista23a Knights HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

Mambista’s New Year’s Eve Wing Ding with Grupo Lokito, playing 2 sets, mixing up Congolese Soukous and Cuban Salsa: one in 2019 and one in 2020!! 9pm – late. Early bird tickets on sale now at £15 from www.porticogallery.org.uk/calevent/new-years-eve-wingding/ until the end of November when the price will be £20. Grupo Lokito have played Mambista a few times before and always bring their A Game!!

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www.porticogallery.org.ukSee MoreSee Less

51 interested  ·  23 going
Mambista at the Portico Gallery

Mambista at the Portico Gallery

Dec 6, 8:00pmDec 7, 12:00am

Portico Gallery23A Knight's HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

Mambista is back on December 6th with Jamaican saxophonist, Ray Carless & Club Skaaville Allstars playing Windrush Celebration Jazz, Ska and Reggae grooves to get us all in the festive spirit.

Ray Carless is a talented Jamaican saxophonist whose musical career spans close to 50 years.

Ray started started out on his musical journey working with a wide variety of pop jazz reggae brit-funk and African bands.

He's played with groups like Cymande, ABC, Incognito, Jazz Warriors, Jazz Jamaica, Maxi Priest, Billy Ocean, Manu Dibango and Brit Funk Association.

Alongside Ray, Club Skaaville Allstars feature Cameron Pierre and Alan Weekes on Guitars, Dennis Davis on Bass and Gary Williams on Drums: putting some Reggae in Your Jeggae!!See MoreSee Less

7 interested
Mambista 5th Birthday Party with Los Domingos live

Mambista 5th Birthday Party with Los Domingos live

Nov 1, 8:00pmNov 2, 12:00am+2Dec 6, 8:00pmDec 7, 12:00amDec 31, 9:00pmJan 1, 2:00am

Mambista23a Knights HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

Los Domingos

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DJ Gerry Lyseight

Doors: 8 – Late

Advance tix: £8 from www.porticogallery.org.uk

£10 on the door

Mambista returns on November 1st for our 5th Birthday Partee with the Big Band Salsa of Los Domingos and their exhilarating Latin and Afro Cuban. They are one of the hottest bands on the London salsa scene. Featuring superb vocals, backed by a driving rhythm section and heady horns. Energetic and diverse; Afro Cuban salsa, mambo and cha-cha-cha classics.

Make sure to keep the first Friday of the month free for Mambista aka The Latin, African and Jazz Dance Party. You know it makes senseSee MoreSee Less

39 interested
Mambista - African Jazz Quartet + DJ Gerry Lyseight - 4/10/19

Mambista – African Jazz Quartet + DJ Gerry Lyseight – 4/10/19

Oct 4, 8:00pmOct 4, 11:59pm

Mambista23a Knights HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

The Portico Gallery�

23a Knights Hill,

West Norwood�

SE27 0HS

African Jazz Quartet

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DJ Gerry Lyseight

Doors: 8 – Late

Advance tix: £8 from www.porticogallery.org.uk

£10 on the door

Mambista returns on October 4th with the African Jazz Quartet bringing South African Township Jazz and Highlife grooves in their wake. Featuring the fantabulous Frank Williams on Tenor Sax, Dan Waldman on Guitar, Michael Curtis Ruiz pon de Bass and Oheneba Kofi Adu on drums and percussion.

Hope you’ve had a wonderful summer, however you spent it now it’s time to Put Your Hand on Your Hip and Let Your Backbone Slip!!

Make sure to keep the first Friday of the month free for Mambista aka The Latin, African and Jazz Dance Party.

You know it makes sense especially in times such as these!

November 1st – Los Domingos (Big Band Salsa)

December 6th – Ray Carless & Club Skaaville Allstars (Ska, Blue Beat + Jazz)

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www.porticogallery.org.ukSee MoreSee Less

51 interested  ·  6 going
El Swing - Salsa at The Portico Gallery

El Swing – Salsa at The Portico Gallery

Jul 12, 7:30pmJul 12, 11:59pm

Mambista23a Knights HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

El Swing

Hot Salsa night in West Norwood. This Friday July 12!!

Ahi na ma.

Salsa comes to The Portico Gallery

This Friday July 12, El Swing hits the dancefloor with the return of the spanking new monthly night of the very best in Salsa – from the hottest new salsa dura to the deepest, classic Fania – and all the amazing stuff in between.

The DJs: Johnny Gee, Dave Hucker, Carey Lyseight and Gerry Lyseight have hosted some of London’s most legendary club nights.

The salsa dance class kicks off at 7.30 – led by Yamile – before the club night gets into gear at 8.30 for 100% Lean Latin through until midnight.

Salsa caliente. 100% Lean Latin guaranteed !!See MoreSee Less

4 interested  ·  2 going
Mambista - June 7th with Soothsayers + Youthsayers live

Mambista – June 7th with Soothsayers + Youthsayers live

Jun 7, 8:00pmJun 8, 1:00am

Mambista23a Knights HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

Guaranteed party-starters, Wah Wah 45 recording artistes and Mambista favourites, Soothsayers, return with extra-added Youthsayers, aka, their young protégées in the sumptuous art of blending Dub, Reggae, Afrobeat and Jazz for the dancefloor! Plus DJ Gerry Lyseight with the patented Mambista Mash Up on the decks

31 interested  ·  18 going
Mambista - May 3rd The Gary Baldwin Quartet ft Roger Beaujolais

Mambista – May 3rd The Gary Baldwin Quartet ft Roger Beaujolais

May 3, 8:00pmMay 4, 1:00am

Mambista23a Knights HillLondon,SE27 0HS Map

Mambista

May 3rd

The Portico Gallery

23a Knights Hill,

SE27 0HS

The Gary Baldwin Quartet feat. Roger Beaujolais

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DJ Gerry Lyseight

Doors: 8 – Late

Advance tix: £8 from www.porticogallery.org.uk

£10 on the door

For the penultimate Mambista before our summer break we bring you funky, greasy downhome Soul Jazz, guaranteed to make your backbone slip, courtesy of The Gary Baldwin Quartet feat. Roger Beaujolais.

Gary is a Hammond organ specialist who’s worked with Tommy Chase, Georgie Fame, The Echoes Of Ellington Orchestra and Imelda May – as well as studio work with Portishead and Morcheeba.

Roger Beaujolais features on Vibraphone with a CV boasting The Chevalier Brothers, Acid Jazz-signed Vibraphonic and The Beaujolais Band, as well as sessions with everyone from Robert Plant to Alexander O’Neal to Kirsty MacColl. The band is completed by Simon Fernsby on guitar & Pete Cater on drums who are featured on the recently album "Point Blank" by Tony Kofi & the OrganisationSee MoreSee Less

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