Africa Groove Machine
West African music with jazz crossover. Tom Bancroft and Okoe Ardyfio’s 8 piece band and dancer, Adie Baako Elias, are committed to getting audiences grooving and moving as though this was downtown Accra , Lagos and Kinshasa on a Saturday night, with Okoe Ardyfio, the master of the kpanlogo and djembe in the lead. Tom Bancroft’s music is for three horns (Claude Deppa, Martin Kershaw, Michael Owers!), three drummers, guitar and bass, a mighty force which embraces Fela Kuti’s concepts, afrobeat grooves, and more traditional African drumming into the jazz world.