African Music at Kensington Palace

July 03, 2012


With all the talk of the Olympics being held in London this year and the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, we’ve devoted a lot of blog space to discussions of Best of British Entertainment and Traditional English Acts. But while it may be a big year for this sceptred isle, we’ve not forgotten about all of those other parts of the world and recently we had the chance to prove that it’s not all Pearly Queens and Morris Men here at London’s leading supplier of corporate events entertainment.

 A high profile banking client wanted to celebrate the company’s African heritage through the entertainment at a recent event at Kensington Palace and came to us for acts that fit the theme. Ghanaian singer Gena West and Cameroonian Jazz musician Muntu Valdo fit the bill perfectly, showcasing the region’s rich musical diversity.

 Muntu started playing guitar at the age of 8 on a make-shift instrument fashioned out of plasterboard and fishing wire, a long way from performing on the veranda at the stunning Kensington Palace. Muntu’s evocative mixture of Jazz and traditional African influences made for a fascinating journey through modern African music that had guests transfixed throughout.

With a string of international hits under her belt, Gena West is a much sought after performer at corporate events thanks to her powerful and versatile voice –  in fact early in Gena’s career, Nina Simone took notice and encouraged her to turn professional. With a singing style that incorporates Jazz, RnB and Soul – Gena captivated her audience with a powerful performance that earned her plenty of new fans among the guests.

For more information on booking Muntu or Gena for future corporate events, head over to our contact page and get in touch.