World Music is receiving a warm welcome in Bury St Edmunds

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The apex’s world music season is proving a big success with both audiences and bands, with the first two bands receiving the highest audience figures of their tours and the third concert nearly selling out.
world music at the apex in bury st edmonds

Cedric Watson, from Louisiana, thought the people of Bury St Edmunds must be delighted with their beautiful concert hall, while Ethiopian band Krar Collective had almost all audience members on their feet, many of them dancing on the stage around them!

To enable even more people to enjoy the type of music usually only seen in Bury St Edmunds at the annual Festival, The apex are offering £5 tickets to people aged under 25 for all the forthcoming world music gigs.

The next concert in the series features kora master, Seckou Keita on the 6th November. In 1998 Seckou moved to the UK and joined global fusion pioneers Baka Beyond, performing all over Europe. In 2011 he was nominated for a World Music Award by BBC Radio 3 listeners for his solo work. His new album has just received a good review in the Guardian and seven-piece band comprising of musicians from four different countries across West Africa and the Caribbean.

The 20th November, sees a visit by one of the great originals & eccentrics of the Argentinean music scene, Melingo, whose gravel-voiced tales of Buenos Aires’ low-life, delivered in his theatrical, passionate style and accompanied by stirring music, recall the world of tango in its early days.


This is followed on the 26th November by Tinariwen, who are probably one of the most successful and exciting musical exports ever to emerge from West Africa. Their rolling yearning grooves and uncompromising messages of simplicity and freedom, distilled over twenty years of struggle, rebellion and exile, have earned them two BBC World Music Award nominations, countless accolades and citations, the attention of high-profile fans such as Damon Albarn, Robert Plant, Santana, Edge and Thom Yorke, and the enduring respect of their own people. This show is one of only 4 dates in England.

The Seckou Keita gig at The apex on the 6th November starts at approximately 8pm. Tickets are £12.50 (with £10.50 concessions) and tickets are just £5 for those aged under 25. Ring the box office on 01284 75800 or see the website – for details.


The apex

1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

The apex is a multi-purpose public venue built as a cultural heritage investment by St Edmundsbury Borough Council. For up to date event information visit

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