Paw Paw Jam Brings Together African Artists

“No Zimbabwean ever sings alone. When one person sings, every voice joins in harmony. When one stands to dance, every one moves with the single flow”

Join other revellers on Friday the 30th of July for the most extraordinary and powerful Paw Paw Jam to date; for a celebration of human resilience and creativity through poetry, dance and music.

The night is in aid of the charity ‘Tree of Life’ that is working diligently towards peace and reconc…iliation in Zimbabwean communities.

Organisers have prepared an incredible line up for the night & it is sure to be an unmissable experience:

Doors open 7.30pm – 3am

Venue: New Empowering Church, 1a Westgate St, E8 3RL

London, United Kingdom

8pm: Opening with a poetry reading from the founder of Tree of Life (Bev Reeler), spoken by her daughter Kate

Dikson, our MC for the night, will bring fresh perspectives from Zimbabwe in his potent slam poetry .

8.30pm: Mashasha and Sam, Paw Paw Jam regulars, will introduce our first headlining act Kadialy Kouyate with a guest appearance from Little Birikiti

9 – 10pm: Kadialy Kouyate & Sound Archive bring the art of storytelling through the magnificent Senegalese Kora to our stages with a warmth and humanity that touches the very core of one’s being

10.30 – 11.30pm TINASHE if you are not already in love with this talented young musician you will be by the end of the night! With his roots in Zimbabwe and heart in Hackney, Tinashe combines the best of both worlds on a raw, soulful journey

11.30 – 12.30 Mashasha & Sam will take us into the morning on a high – They’re the Paw Paw Jam resident band for a reason… Month after month these 2 virtuoso Zimbabwean musicians take to the stage to play what they call ‘African Drums’n Bass’ – Yes, it’s just the 2 of them; Yes, they’re badass; Yes they’ll blow you away.

12.30 till 3am – Afrobeat DJ Koichi Sakai (Ghetto Lounge) – Those who are in the know will already have bumped into Koichi around East London somewhere. For those who don’t know but just can’t get enough of the good vibes and tropical African beats: meet your new favourite DJ!

“But that night something different happened: They took out the drums and mbiras and sang and danced and laughed, as if a weight had shifted…life was connected again”

Zimbabwe’s story of resilience has been built on the individual efforts of the Zimbabwean people who, in the face of un-edited punishment, have stood their ground. Please show your support for them and join us in celebration of their remarkable efforts and accomplishments.