Awalé's debut album Just Have To Grow was co-produced by Nick Page (Dub Colossus). Most of the album was recorded live in one room over two days at the Fishmarket Studios in North London. It features special guest appearances such as the critically acclaimed British flautist Gareth Lockrane on the track "Ndeke."
Formed in London in 2009, Awalé reflect the capital's multiculturalism, with members from Tunisia, Cuba, France, Slovakia and England. They have been feted by the likes of Lopa Kothari (BBC Radio 3), Cal Jader (Movimientos) and the late, great writer and broadcaster Charlie Gillett.
Awalé have been nominated for a Songlines Music Award 2013 in the Best Group and Newcomer categories. They've also recorded a Maida Vale session for BBC Radio 3 with a mighty 15 piece band - watch it below:
"Bringing a distinctive eastern take on afrobeat" — Lopa Kothari (World on 3, BBC3)