New single from The Mouse Outfit – “Sunrise ft. OneOnly”

  Continuing their reputation for showcasing some of the best Uk talents over the last 10 years, Northern hip-hop collective The Mouse Outfit return from a hiatus, with a new single, fresh visuals and an introduction to their latest collaborator on new release ‘SUNRISE’ Ft North Manchester musician, rapper and vocalist OneOnly.  Following a string of soulful, boom-bap … Continue reading

New Signing: JFB

JFB is the UK D.M.C. Champion 2007, 2011, 2015 and Red Bull Thre3style World Championship finalist 2016. JFB has worked with Beardy Man (JFB is his regular live DJ), Beardy Man says “JFB is vastly superior to the competition… all other DJs are wack!”. He has been described by Fat Boy Slim as “the thinking … Continue reading

New Signing: Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

  Diplomats of Sound are proud to announce we will be working on tours and shows in support of the brand new studio album by one of Ghana’s all-time great vocalists, “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas, in conjunction with the Kwashibu Area Band led by Ghanaian musician / producer Kwame Yeboah (Cat Stevens … Continue reading

New Signing: Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge – The Midnight Hour

  When two of hip-hop’s most accomplished composers get together to make an album you know the results are going to be special. Ali Shaheed Muhammed (of A Tribe Called Quest) & Adrian Younge began their work together in 2013 on the critically acclaimed Souls of Mischief album There Is Only Now It is the … Continue reading

NEW SIGNING: Omara Portuondo

  We’re delighted to announce we will be working with Buena Vista Social Club Diva Omara Portuondo on upcoming shows, festivals and tours in the UK and Scandinavia.  Omara Portuondo is one of the legendary names in Cuban music, with a distinguished career spanning multiple decades. In the 1950s Omara launched her career singing with … Continue reading

New Signing: Szun Waves

  We’re delighted to be booking for Szun Waves, a three piece improvisational Jazz trio featuring Luke Abbot, Jack Whylie & Laurence Pike. For booking information, head to their page here: https://diplomatsofsound.org/artist/szun-waves/ Or for more information on availability contact Sam@diplomatsofsound.org  The  three  members  already  have  sparkling  pedigrees  of  their  own.  Norfolk’s  Luke  Abbott  is  well  known … Continue reading

How Bombino Became the Sultan of Shred

  The guitarist Bombino, a master of North African desert blues, has spoken with the New York Times, ahead of the release of his sixth album “Deran.” Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/17/arts/music/bombino-desert-blues-deran.html Or for information on booking the ‘Tuareggae’ innovator visit Bombino’s artist page: https://diplomatsofsound.org/artist/bombino/ North African desert blues (or tichumaren in Tamasheq, the Tuareg language), … Continue reading

Carbon Balanced Touring: Joss Stone World Tour

Joss Stone – the first female Grammy-winning artist to attempt to balance her travel from international touring – has so far balanced 2.7 million travel miles. Joss has partnered with Energy Revolution to balance the fossil fuel emissions from her tour travel by donating to tree planting initiatives and to projects that create 100% renewable … Continue reading

New Signing: LayFullStop

  We are delighted to announce that LayFullStop will be joining the Diplomats of Sound roster.  LayFullStop is a female hip hop / soul artist from Manchester, by way of Birmingham. Now seen as one of Manchester’s very own, Lay has been performing on stages alongside well established collectives ‘Cul Dè Sac’ and ‘Roots Raddix’, … Continue reading

Nubya Garcia, Ashley Henry & Zara McFarlane at SXSW

  Diplomats of Sound’s agency members Nubya Garcia, Ashley Henry and Zara McFarlane have returned from Austin as conquering heroes paving a way for the UK Jazz Scene. Playing for the Jazz ReFreshed Outernational showcase, the trio spent the night spellbinding and entrancing the Austin crowd. Whether it was Zara McFarlane’s soulful mixture of Jazz, … Continue reading

New Signing: Stanley Clarke

With over 40 albums, four-time Grammy® Award-winner Stanley Clarke has attained “living legend” status. Born in Philadelphia, Clarke has been a constant force of nature in American music since the early 1970s with the success of the jazz-fusion group Return To Forever. During his 45+ year career, he has collaborated with Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, … Continue reading

New Signing: Seun Kuti

Seun Kuti is the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. At the age of nine, Seun expressed the wish to sing to his father. A short while later Seun started performing with his father and the band, until his father’s untimely death in 1997. Seun, then only 14 years old, assumed the role as lead … Continue reading

New Signing: David Murray & Saul Williams

  Award-winning David Murray’s talent is expressed in a prolific career in both production and musical direction (from the World Saxophone Quartet to his big band and the Caribbean jazz fusion of the Gwo Ka Masters). alongside the greatest musicians. With his quartet Infinity, named in memory of his early New York years in the … Continue reading

New Signing: Sly5thAve

  Sly5thAve is the project of multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II, whose sophisticated compositions are shaped by his faith in hip hop, and deep understanding of soul and jazz. On 17th November 2017, Sly5thAve released his most impressive LP to date – ‘The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre’. … Continue reading

Honeyfeet New Album “Orange Whip” & Launch Parties

  Honeyfeet will be launching their new album, Orange Whip, at Total Refreshment Centre on Thursday 5th April. The album to be released through Wah Wah 45’s on 30th March follows single releases from the album ‘Sinner’ and ‘Whatever You Do’. For the last couple of years Honeyfeet (whose name comes from a line in … Continue reading

New Signing: Bombino

Bombino is one of the most upcoming artists in the international music circuit and a real MASTER OF TUAREG(GAE) ROCK & BLUES Omara “Bombino” Moctar, whose given name is Goumour Almoctar, was born on January 1, 1980, in Tidene, Niger, an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs located about 80 kilometers to the northeast of Agadez. He … Continue reading

NEW ALBUM: Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile

  Sons of Kemet will be releasing their hotly anticipated new album, ‘Your Queen Is A Reptile’ on 30th March. The LP will be released via seminal Jazz record label Impulse! Which has previously released records from legends of Jazz including Pharoahe Sanders, Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane. Something band leader Shabaka Hutchings has described … Continue reading

NEW SIGNING: Les Amazones D’Afrique

We’re very delighted to announce we will be working with Les Amazones D’Afrique for their UK bookings in 2018. 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 … Continue reading

Clash Magazine: UK Jazz Is Killing It Right Now

  Featuring our very own Zara McFarlane, Nubya Garcia, Vels Trio & Ezra Collective : http://clashmusic.com/features/uk-jazz-is-killing-it-right-now