Date/Time: 10:00PM, June 18th
Venue: Brú Bar & Hostel
Combining talented musicians from across Ireland and Africa The Light Runners are a roots reggae band that seamlessly blends fluid African vocal harmonies and melodies with the irresistible groove of classic reggae.
Their tour around Ireland has seen them put their unique stamp on many classic reggae numbers from Bob Marley all the way to the South African reggae stylings of Lucky Dube. The Light Runners have also been working feverishly in the studio on their own original music which they will release in the coming months.
Formed in 2014 by Lazzare Mbowa the lead singer and frontman of the group. His passionate and enigmatic performances have brought people of all ages to the dance floor. Having worked with reggae bands for years in the Congo and Germany Lazzare is the band leader and driving force on stage.
Congolese guitarist, best known for his work with Congolese bands Ok Jazz and Zaiko Langa Langa and “Irelands best travelled African band” The Lace, Daniel Muyombo is a true power house of the electric guitar. Affectionately referred to by his nickname “6000 volts” by his bandmates, Daniel has been electrifying audiences across Ireland and Europe with his improvisational prowess.
Daniel is joined by his long-term friend and collaborator Troca, also from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Always ‘the man at the back’ Troca has played the drum kit behind Daniel for decades. He has performed shows in countries all over the world, his knowledge and experience makes him undoubtedly one of the top African musicians working in Ireland. Percussion player, Patrick Naughton has also played alongside Daniel and Troca in bands such as Pitak and Guadeloupian Gwoka band.
Other members include backing vocalist Benita Nsudila also from the DRC, and saxophonist Olle Elscholtz. Best known for his work with groups The Cosmic Funk Band, Quangodelic, and countless more. Olle is a music graduate from Northern Ireland who enjoys life as a professional saxophonist. Also a music graduate, Mark Fenny from Cork works as a professional guitarist and has played venues all over the country including appearances at Electric picnic, and the Late Late show in 2016.
Dave “the Groove Machine” Scanlan is a man with a background in funk and jazz. Having played with groups such as The Cosmic Funk Band and countless jazz performances with Cork city’s top jazz artists. Dave is a melodic and captivating bass player who brings the smooth fretless grove of Jaco Pistorius and tight funk to reggae.
Since forming in 2014 The Light Runners have enjoyed a great reception from venues all over the country. They are looking forward to bringing it further afield and already have festivals around the country booked for 2016. And with the release of their upcoming singles they are taking exciting steps in the right direction.