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London Tribes Review, The Forge Camden | London Jazz Festival 2015

Lace up your dancing shoes for the London Tribes parties at The Forge

Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s dancing time!

Even I, the world’s most rhythmically challenged man, was managing to tap my toes to the beat.

Chandler and Gloria Estefan were right, the rhythm is going to get you.

UK Afrobeat King Dele Sosimi and his supergroup were going to make sure of that.

I created a couple of videos which hopefully capture the atmosphere of the night and the London Tribes vibe.

Organiser of London Tribes, Pablo Farba, suggests every city around the world has a different sound – London is no exception. London Tribes showcases the rich multicultural array of sounds and talent the city has to offer. Artists part of the London Tribes collective are:

  • Lokkhi Terra/ClubAfrobeat
  • Soothsayers
  • Dele Sosimi
  • Funkshy
  • Wara/Eli and the revolution
  • Sambroso All Stars
  • Justin Thurgur sextet
  • Javier Camilo quartet
  • Geraldo de Armas

Although, the launch party was more like a collaboration and jamming session – emphasising the collective tribal feeling. A fusion of sounds and genres colliding, everything from salsa to jazz to reggae.SAM_6487








Special guests were invited to join on stage throughout the night. At one point, there were ten musicians on stage! The ensemble continued to change like rolling subs at five-a-side football.



London Tribes, Forge, Camden (3)

London Tribes, Forge, Camden (2)

London Tribes, Forge, Camden



London Tribes, Forge, Camden (4)

At first, the crowd were very tentative, with only one man really dancing (like no one was watching (everyone was watching)).

As the night wore on, the crowd gradually started moving and dancing, until the whole room was alive with good, bad and some downright ugly moves.

The intimate venue at The Forge is perfect for such nights as it forces you to get closer to others, creating not just a collective atmosphere amongst the musicians but the audience too.

Music venue, The Forge, Camden

Quiet before the dance storm…

London Tribes isn’t something I would normally attend, but I’m glad I did. I loved the music, performance and atmosphere – a happy night all round. There is also The Forge Cantina – a Latin American Food Residency located upstairs which I can recommend too. The bar downstairs also did a mean virgin mojito, I had three on the night!

Veggie Cubano, Cantina, The Forge, Camden

Cassava fries, Cantina, The Forge, Cantina

Virgin mojito, The Forge, Camden


You can catch the next London Tribes party during the London Jazz Festival at the Forge in November:

19th Thursday – Rubem Dantas

20th Friday – Cubanafrobeat

21st Saturday – Ariacne Trujillo

Watch this space for more London Tribes announcements in 2016.

The Forge is located just a couple of minutes walk from Camden Town station. As you exit the station, turn left and walk down the street on the right hand side. Just before you reach the Blues Kitchen, turn right onto the side street named Delancey Street.


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