Mensah, Papa J

Papa J
Paapa Mensah, popularly known as Paapa Jeh is a native of Afrika, born and bred in Ghana, West Afrika, but based in England UK for over 30 years as a drummer, multi-percussionist, composer, singer/songwriter, performer, and session musician, has collaborated and worked with various musicians and artists of all styles of music to his credit.

Reid, Adrian

Adrian has worked as musical director and arranger in a number of West End shows, such as the hit musical Five Guys Named Moe (1990 ) – based on the songs of American saxophonist Louis Jordan and Unforgettable (1995) a tribute to Nat King Cole which was nominated for an Olivier Award in 1996. In both shows he collaborated with the American actor, writer and director, Clarke Peters. He was also musical director for: Up Against the Wall (1999) with the Black Theatre Co-Operative; Gumboots (1999 –2000); and assistant musical director in Kat and the Kings (1998). The latter two musicals hailed from South Africa and were subsequent hits in the West End, with Kat and the Kings winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical.

TJ, Abdul

Abdul Tee-Jay hails from Sierra Leone although his parents come from Guinea. At a very young age, somewhat secretly, Abdul learnt to play guitar. At the time there was music coming into the port of Freetown from many different genres including soukous and high-life, traditional and popular along with local musicians which influenced Abdul to join local bands. In 1979 Abdul travelled to Britain meeting other musicians and decided to form the band ‘African Connection'. In 1982 he felt the need to concentrate on more typical African music and the pan-African band 'African Culture', came into being. Even this however, was not quite satisfying and Abdul resolved to base all his music on Sierra Leone street and folk music. In 1988 the name of the band changed to Rokoto, the nickname of part of Freetown. Abdul Tee-Jay and Rokoto, a seven-piece band, brought out 3 albums: 'Kanka Kuru', 'Fire Dombolo' and 'E'Go Lef Pan You' and have toured extensively throughout many countries.
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Fred Hines

Conde, Mosi

Master Kora player and singer Mosi Conde comes from a long line of Griot musicians from Guinea. He is well known for his creative and sparkling Kora and lightening force intuitive Djembe. To this solid foundation he adds Bolon Bata – a goatskin covered calabash which in his expert hands more than equals major double bass players, Donso Ngoni (round – bass), Kamelon Ngoni (the griot’s bass), Balafon (as vibrant as any Vibes or Xylophone), Guitar, Gongoma (large calabash thumb piano) and many many traditional percussion instruments.

Davy, Kevin

Kevin Davy is a London-based trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader. In a career spanning three decades, he has amassed an extensive recorded discography, which includes work ranging from musical theatre to modern jazz and contemporary music. He has toured extensively with groups such as: Lamb, Adam F, Lemn Sissay’s Secret Society, and Finley Quaye.

Carless, Ray

UK saxophonist Ray Carless is one of this country’s finest, working with influential artists such as Adele, Incognito & The Heliocentric. During the the time of the jazz-funk boom, in 1981 he released the single ‘Tarantula Walk’ on Ensign Records & co-written by fellow sax man Patrick McLean of Hi-Tension. More recently he featured on Adele‘s massive ’21’ album & headed his own ska band by the name of Ray Carless & The Lively Up Crew. Ray also continues to produce music & runs the popular Club Skaville around the capital & the rest of the UK.
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Filmmaker Bunny Bread weaves a tale of guilt and innocence, from three distinct perspectives. The accompanying live score guides each unique telling of the story, where composer Akwasi Mensah explores how dynamics in music can be used to manipulate the emotions of an audience. Guilty or innocent? You decide.


‘As a musician my aim is always to create music that is spiritually satisfying and culturally honest. With a soundtrack, it becomes a joyous challenge to marry these aspirations with the emotions on film. The goal in this instance, will be to compose something fitting and worthy of 'Jazz re:freshed’, the excellent organisation that has commissioned this work.’ Akwasi Mensah


‘Being selected for this project is an incredible opportunity for Jazz re:freshed on many levels. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity to shine a light on the music and musicians we’ve been championing for over a decade, on a scale and stage that we couldn't achieve without participating in this project.’ Jazz re:freshed


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The Dynamics of Perception was commissioned by Jazz re:freshed.


Produced with the support of funders and partners:

New Music Biennial Partners


The performance of The Dynamics of Perception was recorded live by the BBC at the Southbank Centre, Purcell Rooms, London on 6 July 2014 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 7 and 13 July 2014.

Catalogue number:
NMC DL201402
Release Date:
21 July 2014