Diplomats of Sound are a rapidly growing booking agency & event programming and production company driven by a desire to push the boundaries of new music, whilst creating a brand that can be trusted for providing music with passion, creativity and integrity.
British beat innovators and perennial festival favourites The Herbaliser return this year with their first album in half a decade. ‘Bring Out The Sound’, their debut on much loved UK independent BBE Records, is much more than a classic addition to The Herbaliser canon, it redefines it. Critically lauded for each of their seven studio … Continue reading The Herbaliser
“Brilliant, brilliant saxophonist…creating a lot of waves” – Gilles Peterson “A burgeoning artist of genuine star quality” – Bonafide “Garcia’s fusion is soulful, groove-driven, and dotted with colourful offbeats“ – The 405 Having performed with everyone from Kiko Bun to Congo Natty to Yussef Kamaal and as an integral part of jazz ensemble, Nérija, and Maisha – Nubya … Continue reading Nubya Garcia
Sons Of Kemet
Sons Of Kemet are born of many vital elements – including a name that nods to ancient Egyptian culture, and a line-up that comprises some of the most progressive 21st-century talents in British jazz and beyond. Band-leader, composer and sax and clarinet don Shabaka Hutchings (himself named after a Nubian pharaoh-philosopher) brings together his fiery … Continue reading Sons Of Kemet
Natty is an Artist/Musician born in San francisco, raised in London. His heartfelt recordings and Live performances (acoustic or with The Rebelship) have gained Natty a loyal and ever-growing fanbase from people of all walks of life. Having sold many records and performed in countries across the World. Natty says: “Bringing people joy and healing … Continue reading Natty
MEUTE is a Techno Marching Band – a dozen drummers and horn players from Hamburg/Germany who fulfil the job of a dj with their acoustic instruments. The archaic combination of brass and drums forms the basis of a new genre that combines hypnotic, driving techno with expressive brass band music. MEUTE frees electronic music from … Continue reading MEUTE
Anthony B’s musical journey started in the church, back when he was still known as Keith Anthony Blair in Clark’s Town in the parish of Trelawny. In this part of rural Jamaica, Anthony B was immersed in the thunderous chants and rhythms of Revivalism and the Seventh Day Adventist church where he honed his vocal … Continue reading Anthony B
The Sugarhill Gang
The godfathers, the first Hip Hop superstars and one of Hip Hop’s most revelled icons attained superstardom with the hit record “Rappers Delight”. With over 12 million units sold, the group not only scored the very first Hip Hop song but the biggest selling Hip Hop record of all time. It sampled Chic’s (Nile Rodgers) disco … Continue reading The Sugarhill Gang
Les Amazones d’Afrique
The first all-female supergroup of West Africa, the collective Les Amazones d’Afrique, is an event for world music. Whether they are undisputed stars or well-kept secrets, the musicians involved in this project are all among the most acclaimed voices in West African music: Kandia Kouyaté, Mamani Keita, Rokia Koné, Mariam Doumbia (of Amadou and Mariam), … Continue reading Les Amazones d’Afrique
Soccer96, the synth and drums duo of Danalogue [Dan Leavers] and Betamax [Max Hallett] are most known as being two thirds of The Comet Is Coming [with Shabaka Hutchings], currently to be heard whipping up a cosmic storm on their recent acclaimed album ‘Channel The Spirits’ [Leaf]. Originally a precursor to The Comet Is Coming … Continue reading Soccer96
Hannah Williams & the Affirmations
Hannah Williams is a whirlwind of soul, love, lust and anger that leaves behind tatters of whichever stage she graces. Following Amy Winehouse and Adele, she’s a British soul singer here to change the shape of popular music for the better, and she’s backed by an outstanding crew of the finest musicians the UK has to … Continue reading Hannah Williams & the Affirmations
KOKOROKO (meaning ‘be strong’ in Urhobo) is a collective of young musicians brought together by a love for Afrobeat. Inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen and the great sounds that have come out of West Africa, they put on a performance to honour the masters that taught us. Most of them are London Jazz school … Continue reading KOKOROKO
On Arise, Zara McFarlane returns to a buoyant UK jazz scene with a head-turning third album. Exploring the musical possibilities of British-Jamaican identity, it’s a cultural exchange that’s born of London’s current musical climate. Released on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, it sees her working with much-feted drummer and producer Moses Boyd. Both rose through London’s … Continue reading Zara McFarlane
Theon Cross is a London based Tuba player and composer and is one of the key components of the city’s thriving young jazz scene. He has made a name for himself for providing his own unique brand of swaggering Tuba Bass in jazz and various other styles of music. Most significantly in the award winning four-piece Sons … Continue reading Theon Cross
Vels Trio are the result of three experimental jazz musicians born out of collective obsession, emotion and improvisation to sculpt contagiously frenetic compositions. Channelling ingrained deep grooves, progressive soundscapes and contemporary hip hop productions – Vels Trio synthesise their mutual loves to challenge the psyche of not only the seasoned Jazz lover, but hyperactively engaging … Continue reading Vels Trio
Time for T.
TIME FOR T began carving their unique sound in the musical centrifuge that is Brighton, southern England in 2013. However, Brighton was just the meeting point for a band comprised of many different nationalities and musical influences. Portuguese, English, Spanish and Swiss natives all come together within this group, a defining factor of why their … Continue reading Time for T.