African rhythms from Orchestre DC Dansette

Orchestre DC Dansette
Orchestre DC Dansette
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The infectious African–
inspired rhythms of Orchestre D.C. Dansette return to Preston’s New Continental tomorrow night.

The irresistible eight piece draw, who draw their inspiration from the music of the African continent but add a Western twist, are back in the South Meadow Lane pub’s Arts Space after a riotous show there last year.

They fuse the drive of Congolese soukous and Kenyan benga to the mellower styles of Malian kora or Ethiopian music into a guitar-driven sound.

And they spice it up further with their jazz-anchored horn section and add lyrics lifted from a huge variety of eclectic sources, including presidential speeches, newspaper reviews and philosophical treatises to create a thoroughly idiosyncratic form of dance music.

The band last played at the Continental when they appeared on the line up for their mini Jazz Fest in November - and they went down such a storm that the pub’s music promoters decided they had to have them back again.

The Lunecy Review said of them: “Their low-down grooves and highbrow words make for invigorating and life affirming dance music.”

Doors for tomorrow night’s show open at 8pm.

Advanced tickets are priced at £6 and are still available to buy from the bar at the New Continental on 01772 499 425, from Action Records, Church Street, Preston, on 01772 258809, or from Preston Visitor Information, at the entrance to the Guild Hall shopping arcade, on 01772 253731.

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