Live music from Bristol’s Jimi Can & Uri Green, Swansea’s own Gower Soundclash and the multi-talented Catalunian Xavier Panades I Blas.
Jimi Can is a consummate showman, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer that makes music for the world, cutting loose with a cooly grooving, irresistibly warm performance that will move your feet and fire your creative imagination.
Jimi’s sound is a matured amalgam of different influences and when he writes, ‘anything that sounds’ can go in the pot; folk music from his native Cantabria in northern Spain, West African & Caribbean rhythms & modes, U.K. & U.S. pop, rock or folk… The Bristolian urban scene of dance-hall, hip-hop & Drum&Bass, Andalusian flamenco or South American songs…
Jimi’s live performances often have the feel of a freewheeling party magically spiced-up by the colourful variety of musicians that join him on stage. These days some regular band members include synth/bass & piano player Ana Gómez; drummer & kora player Suntou Susso Fakoli or singer Zoe Penny. Other usual suspects in Jimi’s works include African bass player Edd Bateman, flamenco guitarist Cuffy Cuthberson, flamenco singer José Moneo or singer-producer Uri Green from Yam & Banana.
Of Spanish and Cuban roots, Jimi Can (short for Jaime Cantera) moved to Bristol (U.K.) around 2004, initially to the predominantly Afro-Caribbean area of St Pauls, where he honed his musical crossover in projects such as El Pato Band, Too Strong Lollipop or Flamenco Loco. The big melting pot of the Bristolian scene has shaped his music and band lineups, ever-evolving and ever-surprising.
Uri Green is a catalan singer and producer based in Bristol (UK), working at Yam & Banana Studio with artists such as Jah Garvey, Norris B, Mad Sam, Da Fuchaman, Niggi Tallawah, etc. He also plays keyboards with Regime, and is the co-founder of Yam & Banana.
Gower Soundclash bring the heaviest beats and baggiest bottom end from the peninsula with their unique dub flavours, heavy hitting lyricism and party vibes.
Their digital dubs live set-up spans the full spectrum from sparse dub rhythms to four to the floor steppa style skank outs.
Comprised of Chris Dow on bass and buttons, Adam Land on vocals and melodica and Will Roper on trumpet, dub siren and echoey madness.
Xavier Panades I Blas
Xavier Panadès i Blas was born in Barcelona in 1970. He is a writer in Catalan, printmaker, musician and performer. He has produced numerous books of poetry and recordings of his music and has exhibited his artworks widely across the UK. He currently lives in Swansea.