Bai Kamara Jr. & The Voodoo Sniffers
Bai Kamara Jr. possesses a voice that ranges from warm and funky to somber and intimate. The son of the Sierra Leone Ambassador to England, Bai grew up listening to soul, blues, R&B, funk, and jazz. As the artist describes himself: “My musical and artistic journey has now led me to this pivotal stage of my career where the Salone project (which means Sierra Leone in the Krio language) finally allows me to delve into my African roots and more specifically that of Sierra Leone, my country of origin. Never before had I had the strength to undertake this work. Salone is also the title of my new blues and roots album, and Voodoo Sniffers is the name of my new band.”
“Artistically, the making of this album (where I played all of the instruments and sang all the voices) was a spiritual, joyful, refreshing and rewarding introspection. I put all my heart and soul into it. As the blues has always been at the heart of my artistic journey, it was the obvious and perfect vehicle to express my feelings and musical inspirations for this expedition into the roots of my African heritage.”
Bai Kamara Jr, son of the former Sierra Leonean ambassadress in Brussels, who grew up in the United Kingdom and has lived in Brussels for over 25 years.
He has shared the stage with international artists such as Habib Koité, Cassandra Wilson, Rokia Traoré, was the opening act of Vanessa Paradis’ Love Songs international tour in 2014. His involvement with NGOs has led to a collaboration with Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour. Two of Bai’s songs were recorded by the Spanish director Paco Torres for the 2011 feature film El Vuelo Del Tren.
Bai is a brilliant composer who shows his very diverse musical talent in his five albums: Living Room, Urban Gipsy, Disposable Society, This Is Home and Mystical Survivors.
His latest release, Salone, was released January in 2020.