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Steel pan and kora


Arts Council England
Steel pan and kora

Listen to "Something to say"
Played on the first three octave ‘G’ tenor pan (as far as we know),
Pan Solo played by fimber Bravo,
Recorded at Sultan Sound Studios Kilburn London on the 10th november 2003


"Mesmerizing Steel Pan"

"Numbers which defy the listener to stay still...Bravo-Bravo play as they have no respect for anyone on God's for thought...strident and thoughtfully arranged...Riddims to sweat to for sure...capture Bravo-Bravo!"

Bravo Bravo is the group of Fimber Bravo. It has released three albums: Soca Picture, Beat and Small Talk.  "One of 2005's top five African albums" Rita Ray World Music DJ BBC.
Fimber Bravo is a steel pan player, and founding member of Twentieth Century Steel Band, who's glorious "Heaven & Hell" was a favourite of Grandmaster Flash and has been sampled by countless hip-hop artists, including Doug E Fresh, Soul II Soul and J-Lo.
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He was also the steel pan player of Steel n'Skin, their music was recently re-issued by EM Records (Japan).
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As a steel pan innovator and percussionist, Bravo has collaborated with the likes Blur and Morcheeba, recording a Well Deserved Break with Morcheeba and more recently with Hot Chip playing the steel pan on their  latest album One Night Stand

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Bravo also provided the steel pan in Hot Chip's War Child Heroes cover version of Joy Division's Transmission 

Bravo is collaborating with Susumu Mukai (Zongamin) on a joint EP mix and on his own album "Confusion" which he is currently mixing with Johnny Wilkes from Optimo. Guest artists playing on it include Alexis Taylor, Susumu Mukai and Claude Depper.  Fimber also performed with Sun Ra Arquestra in their After the Volcano gig at Cafe Oto "In the up-tempo tracks he (Bravo) amazed. At his best after the interval, he dominated the rhythm in one song, hitting out Musique Gbáyá chant-like frequencies.........Jazz at its very best, the show rivalled any other live gig I’ve attended." SHOOK magazine on Sun Ra Arquestra After the Volcano, 2010.


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