Zun Zun Egui play community music workshop shows

Ever a band keen to have their music connect far and wide beyond the usual circuits, Zun Zun Egui have spent the past week undertaking a series of community music workshops with prisoners, elderly dementia patients and pupils with special needs.

Organised by Superact, a not-for-profit arts organisation that uses the arts to inspire communities and individuals, the band have visited The Verne Prison in Weymouth, Abbeyfield Care Home in Taunton and Ellen Tinkham School in Exeter, learning how to deliver bespoke music therapy workshops before meeting and working with the inmates, patients and students themselves.

The week culminates with a show at the Bikeshed Theatre in Exeter on Saturday (Sep 15) as part of Acoustica Festival, more info here. They then play a hometown show at Brisfest (Sep 22), before heading out on European tour with Dirty Three in November – full list of dates here.

Follow Zun Zun Egui’s adventures on Twitter: @zunzuneguirocks

For more info on Superact visit http://www.superact.org.uk

Alternative Mercury prizes…

Michael Hann on Zun Zun Egui’s ‘Katang’ -

If British urban music is starting to celebrate Africa in the form of Afrobeats, Zun Zun Egui showed that indie can do the same – without it being a Vampire Weekendesque appropriation of individual sounds. These Bristolians’ trick is to take African forms and turn them into art rock, rather than taking art rock and making it sound a bit African. Katang was a multilingual, polyrhythmic, insanely disparate album of breathless invention, a stylistic one-off that showed them to be the rarest of things in current UK guitar music: sui generis.

See the full list over at The Guardian.