What’s on……….

31st May 2019 - 8:30 pm

John Peel would play something like this on his programme and the world would suddenly
seem a better place” Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music

“Brilliant – love this sound! If you want to get a bit of early summer, then get this in
your ear-holes!”             Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

“Quite delightful! Duvet Song will get you dancing under the covers…”

                                              Lopa Kothari, World on 3, BBC Radio 3

Jon Lewis and Jah-man Aggrey play guitar and percussion respectively, but sound more like a small combo due to their clever use of loops and no small amount of enthusiastic musicality and inventiveness. They mix profound lyrics with some lighter-hearted ditties and lively dance tracks.

    Occasionally their material seems a little trivial and lightweight, but I imagine that in the sunshine of a festival they pitch their song choices just right in order to give the public a smile and something to think about. On “Ask Me”, for example, Aggrey ponders why people only ask him about the war when they discover he’s from Sierra Leone. And they must be the only group to successfully tackle Abdullah Ibrahim’s “The Mountain/African Marketplace” and The Clash’s “Guns of Brixton” in the same performance. Songlines Magazine, ***

“Two Man Ting comprise midlander Jon Lewis and Sierra Leonian Jah-Man Aggrey. They are an offshoot of Le Cod Afrique, the world dance collective who were something of a medium-scale hit on the small festival circuit a few years back, and like that band (only more sparingly) they play a bright, appealing blend of multicultural roots-pop centred on Lewis’s Palm Wine-meets-highlife picked guitar and Aggrey’s sunny, chatty vocals. Djembe and hand percussion fill out a sound that should lighten up many an outdoor musical gathering this summer.

    Le Go We Ba – a lightly-cadenced Moussu-T-like romp with nursery refrain – begs for audience participation and a take on Sonny Rollins’s St Thomas allies delicate circular guitar melodies with probing thoughtful lyrics. And speaking of covers, there’s the inevitable nod to the king of Palm –wine music, S E Rogie, and a delightful looped take on Armagideon Time too. Full of such bright, tuneful moments, Legacy is a decent debut that one suspects will probably really take off in an intimate live setting.”               fRoots Magazine