For us, as for most other artists, the pandemic has meant that most plans and bookings have been cancelled or postponed. At present, we have some preliminary playdates from September 2021 and onwards, but it is still too early to announce anything for sure.
In the meantime, the band is working on new musical material and ideas. We are really looking forward to being on stage again – and we will keep you posted!
We have the pleasure to introduce a special guest on drums: Mr. Frank Paco. Like his brother Celso, Frank is an internationally renowned musician, composer and singer in genres such as jazz, fusion, Afro and pop. Ever since he left his hometown Maputo in Mozambique for South Africa at 16, he has been perfecting his skills. In 2020 he became a resident of Reunion Island.
Frank has backed a wide variety of artists such as Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Clegg, Peter Gabriel, Bono, and Papa Wemba, but he has also acted as a band leader and producer in his own right, notably with his band Frank Paco Art Ensemble.
Frank joined us at the African Jazz Club in Stockholm in February 2020, for an unforgettable gig. Since then, however, travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic have kept us apart.