Red Snapper are one of the most forward-thinking and ground-breaking bands in the UK and their unique blend of instrumental Afro-jazz, funk and hiphop has gained them a huge live reputation across the world. Their 8 albums to date – the most recent being the critically acclaimed Key in 2011 – illustrate the bands cinematic tendency which has reached its natural climax in this ambitious project of performing their newly composed score to the classic Senegalese film Touki Bouki (1973) directed by Djibril Diop Mambety and restored by Martin Scorcese.
Touki Bouki is a beautiful film about the desperation of young Africans yearning for stability and prosperity and its dark humour suits Red Snapper and their love of African culture. The live soundtrack creates an incredibly emotive and surprising experience.
Formed in 1993, the band’s debut 1996 album ‘Prince Blimey’ combined a unique use of traditional jazz instrumentation with a contemporary approach. However, it was their live show that impressed many and influenced other ‘dance’ artists to fuse acoustic instruments with electronic sounds with successive releases on Warp Records, ‘Making Bones’ and ‘Our Aim is To Satisfy Red Snapper’. By 2001 the band had played and worked with artists including The Prodigy, David Holmes, Björk and The Fugees; however, finding themselves ushered in a commercial direction, the fiercely independent trio split from Warp, subsequently concentrating on solo projects.
The band are:
Rich Thair – Drums
David Ayers – Guitars
Ali Friend – Double bass/Moogâ¨
Tom Challenger – Sax/Clarinet/Keys
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