Jembaa Groove

Jembaa Groove

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„Their debut album is a groovy blend of traditional West African and highlife rhythms infused with classic jazz and soul touchpoints that's all complemented beautifully by Owusu's vocals.“ KEXP
„Legendary stuff!...sounding beautiful“ Cerys Matthews (BBC6 Music)

„They blend beautifully on a parade of chilled and catchy tracks. Bassist Yannick Nolting’s Arrangements are spot on. The Album would make any audiophile’s sound system sing. “ Songlines Magazine

“This Jembaa Groove is so good!” Coco Maria (Worldwide FM)
„A celebration of Life“ Christian K. L. Fischer (Schall)

Jembaa Groove have come a long way. After garnering massive support from the international
media world (KEXP,BBC 6,Gilles Peterson,Soulection, WDR, FIP etc) of the back of their debut album „Susuma“ in 2022, Jembaa Groove come forth with their second
studio album „Ye Ankasa/We ourselves“. Lead by singer and percussion legend Eric Owusu and
bass player and producer Yannick Nolting the Berlin- based outfit has established itself as an international touring band over the past 2 years recording a BBC6 Session at Maida Vale Studios and playing some of the finest stages around the globe such as SXSW, Supersonic Jazz and ESNS, while many more are about to come on their upcoming release tour in 2024 including London
(Jazz Cafe), Paris (New Morning), Madrid (Sala Villanos), Berlin (Gretchen), Amsterdam (Paradiso), Sao Paolo (Blue Note) and many more.
Infused by fundamental elements of Ghanian Highlife from the 70s the band has its own take on a number of influences that goes far beyond just trying to imitated the greats that came before. The band consists of former band members of Tony Allen, Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas and Orlando Julius. Playing and recording with these legends of Highlife and Afrobeat for decades
surely shaped their perception of sound. With their rousing and energetic live performances they
have made themselves a name throughout Europe and beyond. While carrying the audience through a mix of tight arrangements and spontaneous improvisation you better be around when Jembaa Groove takes off to groove and lets you float through a variety of dreamy hornlines, stirring guitars and celestial vocals. Being a mix of members of African and European descend
hailing from different corners of the planet Jembaa Groove blend a melting pot of influences that melt into what they say is a contemporary take on Highlife,Jazz and Soul. The band represents their very own and new sound which they consider is ever evolving as going through life in a progressive way means having your eyes and ears open to everything happening around you
at any time.
„Ye Ankasa/We ourselves“ is a call for action andauthenticity. Don’t wait till others do it, we can do it ourselves. And also don’t try to be someone you are not.

Find yourself, be yourself.



Date Venue Country
20.01.2024 Glasgow, Celtic Connetions United Kingdom
30.01.2024 Rio de Janeiro, Audio Rebel BR
01.02.2024 Sao Paulo, Blue Note BR
02.02.2024 Recife, Porto Musical BR
16.02.2024 Warschau, Jassmine PL
01.03.2024 Berlin, Gretchen Germany
14.03.2024 Frankfurt, Brotfabrik Germany
15.03.2024 Lisboa, B.leza Portugal
16.03.2024 Madrid, Sala Villanos Spain
05.04.2024 Leipzig, Werk2 Germany
11.04.2024 Paris, New Morning FR
12.04.2024 Rotterdam, De Doelen Netherlands
13.04.2024 Göteborg, Nefertiti SE
24.04.2024 London, BBC4 Session United Kingdom
24.04.2024 London, Jazz Cafe United Kingdom
25.04.2024 Bristol, Jam Jar United Kingdom
27.04.2024 Köln, CO Germany
03.05.2024 Mannheim, Alte Feuerwache Germany
04.05.2024 Zürich, Moods Switzerland
08.06.2024 Dortmund, Cosmo Festival Germany
13.07.2024 Detventer, Hoogtevrees Festival Netherlands
19.07.2024 Koblenz, Horizonte Festival Germany
02.08.2024 Steinhausen, Waldstock Festival Switzerland
03.08.2024 Bad Windsheim, Weinturm Festival Germany
17.08.2024 Berlin, Yaam Germany
03.10.2024 Amsterdam, Paradiso Netherlands
04.10.2024 Den Haag, Paard Netherlands
05.10.2024 Groningen, Simplon Netherlands

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