Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective who’ve been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started. With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System celebrated their 20th anniversary with a stunning new album, The Source, released in April 2016 and described as a ‘colossus of an album’ by Roots.
The Source is undoubtedly their most ambitious album yet and one that takes their cross-cultural collaboration and acclaimed live performances to another level. It is the first album to fully celebrate the African and Asian roots brought to the band by long-term members: vocalist, kora and balafon player N’Faly Kouyaté and Dhol drummer Johnny Kalsi.
On tour, Afro Celt Sound System is a live music spectacle featuring a host of outstanding musicians, every bit as energetic and captivating as the album. They performed at the 18th BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall and delighted audiences at shows and festivals around Europe.