Category Archives: Gigs

Nyodema World Music & Arts Festival Line-up

Saturday 20th August
The Waverley, Marine Drive West, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 2QA

1.00pm Slim Jim & the Wildcards
2.30pm Morgana
2.50pm Nyodema Drummers
2.45pm Flamenco/Belly dance workshop (£4) 1 hour
3.25pm Claude Bourbon
3.45pm African percussion children’s workshop (£1.50) 30 mins
4.00pm Morgana
4.15pm Claude Bourbon
4.50pm Nyodema World Community Choir
4.45pm African drumming workshop (£4) 1 hour
5.30pm Slim Lightfoot
6.10pm Daisy Mouatt
6.25pm Nyodema Drummers
7.00pm Rattlin Bone
8.00pm Raffle
8.45pm Planetman & the Internationalz

Please note these times are approximate and subject to change

Nyodema by the Sea 2010

Saturday 5th June
The Waverley, Marine Drive West, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1ER
Free – all day event

Kasaï Masaï

This FREE all day event was a celebration of world music and arts by the Sussex seaside. Live music, drum and dance workshops, craft stalls, African food and much, much more.

To see photographs of the day please visit our Flickr site by clicking here.

Joint headliners, Kasaï Masaï, brought the traditional sounds of remote African villages with an urban twist to the Sussex coast. Kasaï Masaï biography.

Plus the charismatic, Magnet Man from Barbados. Visit Magnet Man’s website here.

The day  also featured performances from talented trio, Sixfifteen, with their infectious mix of progressive bluegrass and jazz, the unique,  4-part harmony, acoustic based group  Dakota VI, the exciting latin jazz/afro beat sounds of the Mulatones, roots blues guitarist Simon StephensThe Nyodema Drummers featuring Chris Diallo and the Nyodema Community Gospel Choir.

PLUS African drumming workshops with Chris Diallo from Hands on Skin and flamenco/belly dancing workshops with Morgana Villen who also did a number of performances throughout the afternoon.

While this is a free event everyone had the opportuniy to make a donation to Nyodema’s Gambian school projects including re-building a school in Dairuharu, Brikama, The Gambia.

Kasaï Masaï copyright Chris Taylor

Doors open 11am
11.30am Nyodema Drummers
12.30pm Nyodema Community Gospel Choir
1.10pm Morgana Villen
1.30pm Belly dance/flamenco workshop Part 1 (suggested donation £5)
1.30pm Chris Diallo/Nyodema Drummers
2.15pm Mulatones
2.30pm African Drumming workshop (suggested donation £5)
3.05pm Morgana Villen
3.30pm Belly dance/flamenco workshop Part 2  (suggested donation £5)
3.45pm Dakota VI
4.30pm African Drumming workshop (suggested donation £5)
4.30pm Simon Stephens
5.15pm Sixfifteen
6.15 pm Magnet Man
7.30pm Raffle (in aid of building a much needed school in The Gambia – click here for more details)
8.00pm Kasai Masai

Magnet Man and friends in Jurunku, The Gambia

Nyodema would like to thank the sponsors of ‘Nyodema by the Sea’   Grass Roots Grants, Youngs Brewery, The Gambia Experience and MAGNETIC IMAGE RECORDS, Bridgetown,  Barbados plus Carl and all the staff at The Waverleywho were fantastic.


“Aim to unite all African tribes torn by colonialism”

Named after a river, Kasai is a region in Congo which lies in the heart of the rain forest where many tribes such as the Baka still maintain their traditional lifestyles.  The Maasai, just like the Baka, are another dignified tribe whose lives still centre around a nomadic existence.

Based in London, Kasaï Masaï brings us the traditional sound of the most remote equatorial villages with an urban twist.

The band plays ancestral music which has been passed on from generation to generation and is rooted in the healing power of percussion and chanting combined with the majestic sound of the Congolese folk guitar. The saxophone and an MC were added to bring a new element to the music: essential urban groves from Kinshasa.

The audience soon feels the music oozing through their veins and find themselves on their feet and moving toward the dance floor.

“Kasai Masai successfully marry a respect for vintage grooves with an overwhelming urge to move the dance floor this is the sound of the old and new, of the countryside and the city, from deep in the heart of Africa…”  Nige Tassell—Womad Festival

Kasaï Masaï is a 5 piece outfit, consisting of djembe, guitar, saxophone, bass, and drum. To add that extra exotic touch they are also joined by one or two female dancers.

Kasai Masai is an established international band they perform at many festival including RainForest Festival- Malaysia, Oman World Music Festival, World Music Festival – Bahrain, Zain – Spain, Clonmel Festival – Republic of Ireland, World Music LX09 – Portugal to name but few.

It is led by percussionist, singer and dancer Nickens Nkoso.

Nickens is a well known figure on the world music circuit. He has worked alongside international Congolese artists, including Koffi Olomide, Papa Wemba, Kanda Bongoman, Mose Fan Fan and Sam Mapangala etc…

In the UK, he has been a member of Koko Kanyinda’s Soukous Koumbele, Robert Maseko’s Congo Beat, Baboma etc…..

Nickens has appeared at many festivals including Glastonbury, Womad Reading, Womad Grand Canary. Weltnacht (Germany), Womad Adelaide 2006. He has also played at the African Nations Cup in Tunisia in 2004.

TV & Radio: Nickens has performed on Andy Kershaw’s “World and New”, “Later with Jool’s Holand”, “John Peel session”, BBC3 World Music Day, Resonance FM etc…

“The only way to get peace in Africa is to unite all the divided tribes” Kasai Masai

Contact: Nick/Sabrina  Tel: 0207 – 241 3280/079 5684 0008 –

Carmen Souza Article “Loud News” magazine

Article by Kathryn Burrington, March 2008
Article by Kathryn Burrington, March 2008

Nyodema’s next music event brings acclaimed Cape Verdean artist to Bognor Regis on the south coast of England.

With one foot in Africa and the other tapping around the globe, Carmen Souza successfully brings together a wide variety of musical styles with influences from as far apart as American soul and the music of her ancestors.

Carmen, born in Lisbon into a Cape Verdean family,  grew up speaking a mixture of Creole, which her parents spoke at home, and Portuguese. Her father frequently worked away on cargo ships but whenever he was home she loved listening to him sing and play guitar.

At 14 she joined her church choir and her professional career started at just 17 years old when she joined the Lusophone Afro-Gospel choir “Shout”. Over the next couple of years she also toured with bands “Quamundo’s” and “Funky Messengers”, working with numerous musicians including Theo Pas’cal, one of Portugal’s best bass players. He introduced Carmen to jazz, fusion and other contemporary sounds.

Together they worked on compositions, striving to create a unique sound in the Creole dialect (from Cape Verde – an archipelago off the West African coast) bringing together African and Cape Verdean rhythms such as morna and funana with more contemporary influences of jazz and soul.

Her first album Ess ê nha Cabo Verde (This is my Cape Verde) released in 2005, received great reviews  and at her international live solo debut at Womad on BBC3’s “World on your Street” stage, copies of her CD quickly sold out.

In 2006 Carmen returned to the UK with a five gig tour following the release of a completely reworked Roots version of her CD, emphasising the qualities of her voice and the African rhythms.

In July of that year Carmen played the main stage at Toronto’s 18th Annual Afrofest – the biggest African music and cultural event in North America. Her CD sold more copies then any other artist at the festival.

In 2007 Carmen toured Korea, Canada and the UK. I was lucky enough to catch her at the Amberley Folk Club last March. Right from the start the audience was captivated by her soulful voice and drawn in by her likeable presence, the hypnotic melodies and subtle arrangements.  An easy rapport developed with the crowd, who, by the end of the set, would have welcomed many encores.

With the release of her new album Verdade (Truth) in February 2008 Carmen is touring the UK once more. For further information on Carmen’s gig in Bognor visit, email or call 07974 472137.

On Saturday 15th March 2008, with Theo accompanying her on bass and percussion, Carmen is performing at The Waverley, Marine Drive, Bognor Regis. This gig, organised by the charity Nyodema alongside ActionAid’s Bollocks to Poverty On Tour, is being held to raise funds for health and educational needs of children in The Gambia, West Africa. Talented local trio Six-fifteen will start the evening off around 7.30pm. Tickets £5. Doors open 7.00pm.

Full details of Carmen’s Tour can be found at www.carmensouza–

For photographs of Carmen at Nyodema gigs by Adam White visit Carmen Souza

Carmen Souza on YouTube

Claude Bourbon Plus special guest Andrea “Sugar Black” Encinas, Feb 09

Saturday 14th February 2009

  • The Waverley, Marine Drive West, Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Claude Bourbon 2008 Festival & Feb '09

Claude Bourbon 2008 Festival & Feb 2009

Another outstanding performance by Claude, raising nearly £500.
Claude’s musical roots are blues, however, his music is continually evolving, drawing upon inspiration from around the world including Spain, The Middle East and Russia.

Performing solo on stage with his guitar and his voice, Bourbon captures the full attention of his audience as they take in every note played off the tips of his fingers. His playing is so unique and distinct he leaves everyone wondering exactly how he does it.

Andrea, accompanied by Pete Macer on guitar, sang some suitably romantic songs for Valentines Day and amused everyone with her personal take on relationships.

Carmen Souza and Duncan McKenzie, Oct 08

Saturday 4th October 2008

  • The White Horse, 39, Chichester Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex

A welcome return of this stunning Cape Verdean artist whose enchanting music blends jazz and folk with the music of her African ancestors.

Carmen Souza Oct '08

Carmen Souza Oct '08


Carmen on YouTube

Levantá no bai
Afri Ka
FMM Sines 2009

Nyodema’s Mid-Summer’s Night Party, June 08

Saturday 21st June 2008

  • The White Horse, 39, Chichester Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex

We celebrated the summer solstice with Electric Hoedown’s foot stomping Celtic music that had everyone dancing. Will on electric fiddle also performed some outstanding solos. In support, The Poopahs impressed the audience with their cleverly arranged covers and their own funk/rock compositions.

Mrs Poopah's Automobiles

Mrs Poopah's Automobiles

Electric Hoedown

Electric Hoedown

Electric Hoedown

Electric Hoedown

Carmen Souza and Six-fifteen, Feb 08

Saturday 15th March 2008

  • The Waverley, Marine Drive West, Bognor Regis, West Sussex

Nyodema was proud to welcome acclaimed Cape Verdean artist Carmen Souza to Bognor Regis. 

Six-Fifteen kicked off the evening with their exciting mix of bluegrass and jazz. Talented local duo The Macers followed with a short set of original compositions and contemporary covers.

Carmen, accompanied by bass player Theo and percussionist Paulo, enthralled the audience with their wistful music which sits somewhere between jazz, folk and Africa. Carmen was recently listed by Clive Davis of The Times as one of the “Top Five Jazz gigs to see” and no one who has seen her perform would disagree.

We would like to thank The Cape Verde Experience for sponsoring this event. The company and their staff also provided all the raffle prizes.

For more information on Carmen’s tour visit

Carmen on YouTube

Levantá no bai
Afri Ka
FMM Sines 2009

Nyodema’s Christmas Party 2007

Saturday 8th December 2007

  • Cheers Bar, Belle Vue Hotel, Waterloo Square, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1TA

A fantastic time was had at this sell-out event. Local funk band The Snakes had everyone up and dancing. Gambian chef, Seedy Gaye, cooked a delicious buffet, and ska/reggae band Hakuna Pesa went down a storm