Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence

Cultural Intelligence using the power of music and dance to share our message! Percussive blend of jazz, funk and soul. Influenced by the infectuous afro-beat music of West Africa, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence delivers powerful contemporary African Sound and Vibration to the Australian music scene. African Intelligence is a 10 piece ensemble led by Senegalese singer/dancer Lamine Sonko, sharing with you a musical report from the roots of afrobeat, reggae and salsa. From funky baselines and swift guitar riffs to the smooth groove of a message with meaning, here is a band that has it all!
With an energetic and colorful line up of Australia’s finest world musicians, this band charms and engages its audiences from start to finish with their own fusion of contemporary and traditional african rhythms. It’s exhilarating, it’s infectuous, it dares you dance!
Lamine Sonko was born in Senegal, West Africa into a family of griots known as culture keepers. Griots are the custodians of ancient lineages, functioning as the eyes and ears of the community. the griot’s responsibility is to practice and teach the stories of their culture through the embodied oral traditions of song, music and dance. An oral culture is one alive only in practice, and so it is the griot that must animate the spirit of the past into the present and towards future through remembering, sharing, performing and teaching of song, drum and dance.    |    |

Lamine learnt his craft while growing up in an artistic family. Most notably, his parents maintain the strongest influence on his talent. His father, Bouly Sonko, is presently the Director for the Senegalese national drum and dance company Waaro Siita. His mother, Oumy Sene, was the first solo dancer for Le Ballet National Du Senegal and is also currently a member of Waato Siita. Lamine’s family are well known musically and highly respected internationally.
Now living in Melbourne, Australia – and a part of the West African Diaspora, the position of traditional griot expands to embrace a new cultural position, whereby music becomes a platform for bringing diverse cultures and practices together into space for the communion of multiple knowledges – traditional and contemporary.
Lamine’s practice is motivated by a desire to experiment in this space between the traditional and the contemporary in ways that develop new forms of musical collaboration and exchange. this is underpinned by a larger aim to develop communities of musicians from the African, Australian, American and European continents, working to build a space in which a spirit of togetherness for a better future can be experienced through the unyielding force of music and dance.

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Lamine Sonko Performance highlights include:
White Night Melbourne, (2013-2014)
Melboure Premier Gala Dinner,Crown Casino (2014)
White Night Melbourne, (2013-2014)
Sherparton Festival, (2014)
Viva Victoria Festival, Fed Square Melbourne (2013);
Pier Festival, Port Melbourne (2013);
US tour (2012);
South by Southwest, Austin Texas, USA (2010-11);
MIDEM Cannes, France (2010);
Womadelaide, Australia (2011); 
Australian World Music Expo (AWME) Victorian Arts Centre (2010);
Falls Festival, Australia (2011);
Bellingen Global Carnival (2011),
Falls Festival Australia (2010-11),
Meredith Music Festival (2010);
The Elements opening, Hong Kong (2009) Malaka Festival,Malaysia (2010)