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Sunday Joint: Franz Von & Guests

Sunday 24 October 2021


Rapper Franz Von is best known as the high octane MC of much loved afrofusion kings K.O.G. & The Zongo Brigade but he’s also a well established artist in his own right releasing music under his own name and collaborating with a host of great artists/producers.

He originally hails from Middlesex County, Jamaica but grew up and lived in Sheffield, South Yorkshire since his teens. He’s been dropping bars on the mic in clubs and on recordings for well over 10 years but it’s the last couple of years that his profile has gone through the roof. His blend of Jamaican dancehall MCing with classic old school/boom bap hip-hop rap style, often over banging afrobeat or highlife rhythms, has endeared him to audiences at clubs and festivals UK and Europe wide. 

His skills as an MC mean he can guest with a whole variety of artists and styles, from afrofusion to straight up hip-hop, drum & bass productions to punk jazz vibes. In the last few years alone, he’s graced the mic with K.O.G. & The Zongo Brigade, TC & The Groove Family, ONIPA, Balaphonics, Labo Klandestino (France) and Vipertime. 

All along, he’s kept his own Franz Von live hip-hop project going and his love for live music and interacting with musicians in the moment means it’s a full live band. Like a north of England version of The Roots but with heavy afrofusion, rowdy jazz and dancehall elements. That band is made up of some of the kings of the Leeds DIY jazz/global beats scene including saxophonist Harry Fowler (Têtes de Pois), bassist Owen Burns (Jasmine), guitarist Matías Reed (Mansion Of Snakes), keyboard  player George McDonald (Skwid Ink), drummer Theo Goss (K.O.G./Fergus Quill Trio) and trumpeter Stuart Wilson. Absolute fire guaranteed! Check Franz’s original music with the band at his website at www.franzvon.co.uk and on his Bandcamp page.

Support once again from our Sunday Joint in-house band LNC3 featuring drummer Jonny Lodder, bass player Amanda Nossen and guitarist Eve Creighton. They’re really coming together now as a unit and tonight, they’ll be playing some more dirty low-slung alt-hip-hop beats and leftfield future soul and featuring more guest MCs, vocalists and instrumentalists playing original material and re-works of some other artists’ material. Get down early. It’s always a vibe.

On the decks 8pm-11pm is legendary Leeds jazz/soul/global beats DJ Lubi Jovanovic (DIG Family) mixing up all things jazzy and soulful from across the globe past, present and future. After 11pm, longtime Sunday Joint resident DJ Kyle McSparron plays great dance floor heavy music, from afro-disco to 80s boogie, classic hip-hop to Jamaican reggae jams and all points between. A fantastic night of live music, quality DJs, great drinks promos and all this is FREE ENTRY! 

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