The first World Cafe of the year is at North Edinburgh Art Centre on Friday 28sth January. This time with the added ingredient of jazz and a guest performance by singer Cynthia Gentle. The same night another World Cafe supporter Samba Sene launches his album on the other side of town – but with a bit of planning you could do both.
World Cafe, we should add, is not to be confused with the World Kitchen in Leith. The World Cafe is a monthly event organised by CORE (Community Organisation for Racial Equality) on the last Friday of every month.
But there is a link between Cafe and Kitchen – Alice Musamba who co-ordinates the monthly event at NEAC in Pilton is also an invaluable member of the WKiL team (and we met up with her this week to make plans for a future event in Out of the Blue, though keep that under your hat for the time being).
Alice tells us she hopes to finish this month’s World Cafe in time to get to Samba Sene’s album launch at the Jazz Bar in Chambers Street. Samba, a member of the Edinburgh Senegalese Society, also sometimes performs at the World Cafe.
By the way we heard Cynthia sing at a recent Open Mic night at the Voodoo Rooms, she has a lovely voice. And right now we are cheering up a wintry afternoon by tuning into Samba’s Myspace page. If you can make both events on Friday it will get the weekend off to a great start.
World Cafe is from 5.30 to 7pm at NEAC, tickets are £5 for adults, £2.50 for children. You can just drop in but its better to book if possible. Ring 0131 467 7990
Samba’s album launch is from 6.30 to 9pm at the Jazz Bar in Chambers Street.