Giovanni Hidalgo fundraiser at Jazz Cafe cancelled


UPDATE: Since this story was first published (here and in the October issue of Jazzwise) this event has been cancelled due to a deterioration Giovanni's health.  

Some of the UK's leading percussionists will be gathering at Camden's Jazz Cafe on 4 October for a special fundraising concert in aid of raising money for legendary conguero Giovanni Hidalgo, whose ongoing battle with diabetes has prevented him from performing live for the last two years. The evening will be hosted by Jamiroquai percussionist Sola Akingbolaas and feature top UK percussionists Sidiki Dembele and Will Fry in a night of explosive Afro-latin jazz-funk that will include Hidalgo's first UK performance since 2009.

There's also an additional online crowd-funder fund-raising auction sponsored Latin Percussion and GEWA Music, with prizes including LP Giovanni Signature Series instruments including Giovanni Hidalgo Galaxy Bongo, Giovanni Hidalgo Wood Djembe and other LP percussion instruments and accessories. Proceeds from the concert and auction will benefit his medical fund and help provide needed support.

– Mike Flynn

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