Cheikh Lo and OqueStrada, Glasgow

15 January 2011 08:30 PM

 With his new album Jamm, the stellar Senegalese singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist Cheikh Lô distils anew the diverse African and international influences on his maverick, mercurial music, including mbalax, highlife, Congolese rumba, Cuban son, reggae and funk. “It’s a melting pot!” Lô says. “It’s like a big basket, with some cheese here, some bread there, some chocolate and a cocktail on the side. There’s something for everyone.”

Portuguese sextet OqueStrada also mix their vividly distinctive musical colours from a broad multicultural palette, with tinges of fado, morna, Cape Verdean funaná, Angolan semba, Brazilian music, ska and flamenco infusing their exuberant, multilingual songs, backed with guitars, accordion, trumpet and double bass.