Musa M’Boob is an established Gambian percussionist, singer, recording artist and dancer based in East Sussex, having worked in traditional and contemporary West African styles for over 30 years. His work aims to introduce UK audiences to new and diverse music inspired by Western and African styles.
Musa founded the XamXam band in 2008, with whom he regularly tours and performs at Gambian cultural festivals in Norway, Denmark and the UK. In 2015, he worked on Africa Express, a cross-cultural project set up by Damon Albarn. Here, he performed a rendition of Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ by composer Steve Reich, at the Tate Turbine Hall, London and Jahrhunderthalle, Germany.
In 2017, SPARKEDECHO supported Musa with writing his successful grant application to Arts Council England for the ‘Bollo Project.’ This allowed the XamXam band and Gambian tribes to R&D new musical works and dance which were performed on a small UK tour. The music consisted of rarely seen instruments, combining Mbalax with Western Fusion, Senegambian Folk and Roots Music. Building on this, SPARKEDECHO are currently working with Musa to co-produce a larger Bollo tour that aims to reach out to wider audiences.