BAI KAMARA JR& The Voodoo Sniffers

“My musical and artistic journey has now led me to this pivotal stage of my career where the Salone project (which means Sierra Leone in the Krio language) finally allows me to delve into my African roots and more specifically those of Sierra Leone, my country of origin. Never before had I had the strength to undertake this work.
Salone is also the title of my new blues and roots album, and The Voodoo Sniffers is the name of my new band. Although I was born in Sierra Leone, I have never played or made music in Africa. My first steps into the world of music were made while at school in England. As a professional musician, it was Belgium that gave birth to me. Though I was predestined to live my childhood, adolescence and adult life between the continents of Africa and Europe, the rhythms and sounds of Africa have always lived in me.
Artistically, the making of this album (where I played all the instruments and sang all the voices) was a spiritual, joyful, refreshing and rewarding introspection. I put all my soul and heart into it. As the blues has always been at the heart of my artistic journey it was the obvious and perfect vehicle to express my feelings and musical inspirations for this expedition into the roots of my African heritage.”

– Bai Kamara Jr


New album SALONE released on January 24, 2020

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Since its release in January, the album Salone had airplay across Europe, Australia & the USA and received many great press reviews. It was named Album of the Week by NDR Info Jazz, Radio Jade and Bongartz-Musik in Germany, Blues Album of the Month by the French-speaking Blues Radios Collective (CRB), as well as Sound of the Day by Rolling Stone France.
The French magazine also gave the album a coveted four-star review and invited Kamara Jr to perform a live session for Rolling Stones ‘In My Room’ video series in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


Biography of Bai Kamara Jr

A warm, funky voice, but just as sober and intimate. Bai Kamara Jr’s music is a mix of soul, blues, funk, R&B and jazz influences.

Bai Kamara Jr, son of the former Sierra Leonean ambassadress in Belgium, who grew up in the United Kingdom and has lived in Brussels for over 25 years, is a committed singer-songwriter who reveals his African origins in his music. He has shared the stage with international artists such as Habib Koité, Cassandra Wilson, Rokia Traoré, was the opening act of Vanessa Paradis’ Love Songs International Tour in 2014 (25 dates) and June 2019 (5 dates) and sang in a duo with Dani Klein from Vaya Con Dios as well as being her supporting act.

Kamara’s involvement with NGOs has led to a collaboration with the world star Youssou N’Dour. Two of Bai’s songs were recorded by the Spanish director Paco Torres for the film El Vuelo Del Tren (The Magic of Hope). Bai is a brilliant composer who shows his very diverse musical talent in his five albums (Living Room, Urban Gipsy, Disposable Society, This Is Home and Mystical Survivors).

His new CD Salone was released on January 24, 2020, on the German record label Moosicus / MIG Music.
This very personal and bluesy work marks a new stage in Kamara’s career and is reinforced by his collaboration with his new international management agency Zig Zag World.


Members - The Voodoo Sniffers

Patrick Dorcean / Boris Tchango – Drums and Percussion
Tom Beardslee – Electric Guitar
Julien Tassin – Electric Guitar
Désiré Somé – Bass


Videos

The new single & video “Homecoming”, off the album Salone, was released June 17, 2020.
It is a special track that captures Bai’s first impressions and feelings about being back home in the country of his birth, Sierra Leone, after a long period of absence due to the terrible civil war that lasted for nearly 11 years. It is a song about memories of peaceful times, hope, rebirth and celebrating life.


They talk about it

  • To be discovered urgently – Rolling Stone (France)
  • Hauntingly beautiful throughout…and strongly recommended – Blues Blast (USA)
  • A strong collection of songs with subtle yet excellently judged arrangements and production – Get Read to Rock (UK)
  • Bai Kamara Jr … simply made the best blues record of the past year – Lira (Sweden)
  • A great and powerful piece of music – SoundGuardian (Croatia)
  • Bai Kamara Jr deserves his place on the bill of the big festivals – Back to the Roots (Belgium)

Discography of Bai Kamara Jr


Booking

International Management & Booking
Zig Zag World
Tel: +32 2 537 25 25
E-Mail: info@zigzagworld.be

Co-management & Booking Belgium
Vanessa Caestecker
Tel: +32 479 21 53 11
E-mail: bkj.booking@gmail.com

Booking France
NEMO Music
François Peyratout
Tel: +33 620 761010
E-mail: fr.peyratout@nemomusic.com

Booking Germany
MuddyLives
Bernd Schulte
Tel: +49 5906 933 447 / +49 170 96 586 11
E-mail: info@muddylives.de

Booking The Netherlands
Monkeyman Agency
Kees Spruit
Tel: +31 497 540054
E-mail: info@monkeyman.nl

Booking Baltic States
Live Fest, SIA
Ojārs Grasmanis
Tel: +371 26511260
E-mail: ojars.grasmanis@livefest.lv

Booking North America
ALIA Prod
E-mail: aliaprod@gmail.com


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