Having been fired up by The Wayward Band, the audience were in just the mood for the mixture of African, Caribbean and European sounds that Baraka deliver. Rhythms that make it impossible to keep your feet still, plenty of audience involvement keeping those rhythms going with hand claps and instrumental breaks with Modou Cissoko on kora and Brendan Whitmore on sax competing for the crowd’s attention. Good time music - Folk Roots.
The big hitters this year were Irish indie folk troupe Villagers, Scottish folk-popsters The Proclaimers and Bristol’s own genre-defying Baraka. They were flanked by some west country staples in the shape of Sheelanagig, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, and local favourites Quinns Quinney. “Anybody here doesn’t dance?” asked Baraka, “You’ll be pleased to know we’re the cure!”. They weren’t wrong. The infectious beats and reggae sounds cannot fail to uplift people and despite a day of drizzle and some deserters, Sunday night was just as brilliant as the two which preceded it. - Bristol 24/7
It was an absolute pleasure to have you at Koo Kou's. You went down a storm. Thanks for bringing good vibes and beautiful music. – Maria, Tribe of Doris
Baraka maintain the energy with their irresistible fusion of highlife, soca and reggae, featuring the enormously impressive Senegalese kora and djembe player Modou Cissoko – eFestivals
It was a glorious set - it's not often the audience remove all chairs so they can dance....! – Rachael, Priddy Folk Festival
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