© 2017 by BEN BROWN

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About //

Waaju believe in highlighting the world's connection through less familiar creative collaboration. Encapsulating influence from a number of cultures across Africa, South America & beyond, the band delves deeper to leave behind preconception & promote forces largely unexplored in a Western context. Citing the rich history of Malian music as centrepiece, Waaju presents the vision of drummer & percussionist Ben Brown which draws from the exceptional spirit of the likes of Ali Farka Toure, Oumou Sangare, Tinariwen & Baba Sissoko.



Waaju is:



Sam Rapley - tenor saxophone

Tal Janes - guitar

Joe Downard - bass

Ernesto Marichales - percussion

Ben Brown - drums, percussion


"The groove writing successfully integrates the rootsy origins with the contemporary rhythmic complexity of their generation"

- Nick Smart

"Ben Brown is, without doubt, one of my favourite young drummers. He is musically interactive, highly creative and really listens and supports a performance from beginning to end with great imagination. This young man has a great future of music making ahead of him"

- Jean Toussaint

Waaju & Jordan Rakei - Time's Got a Hold

Rolos Rollos // Live at London Jazz Cafe