Lamine Sonko is pushing boundaries with his unique fusion of African roots music, jazz, latin and afro-classical soul. He has been described as 'uplifting and soulful', transcending lines between ancient Africa and the new world diaspora. Originally from Senegal, Lamine is one of Australia's most talented and versatile West African musicians. After a successful year in which he directed the highly acclaimed ‘One Africa’ Millennium Chorus show at Arts Centre Melbourne and collaborated on Grammy Award winning Album ‘Winds of Samsara’, Lamine continues to break new ground through his artform. Lamine’s formation as an artist is shaped by the ‘Griot’ tradition he was born into in Senegal. While growing up in Africa he performed alongside the internationally renowned Youssou N’dour and toured with other well-known groups around Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Morocco, France and Switzerland.
After many years of vigorous training in traditional techniques he expanded the role of the ‘Griot’ to innovate in new directions with contemporary music. After migrating in 2004, Lamine established himself as Australia’s leading Afro-beat lyricist, fronting The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and The Public Opinion 6 and collaborating with various artists including Grammy Award winner Wouter Kellerman. In 2012 he established his most successful project - Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence, a 10 piece band that deliver an ancient rhythmic collision of African roots music, jazz, funk, and reggae. Their debut album AFRO EMPIRE was released in 2017 and they have been hitting the national festival circuit to rave reviews. His work has been described as ‘speaking a new language’ where ‘the vibrations and soul felt in the music are uplifting’ (SMH).
Lamine has travelled to the USA three times, France and South Africa, performing at major international festivals and noteworthy venues, such as the South by Southwest festival in Texas. He has toured nationally four times, performing at most of Australia’s premiere music festivals, including WOMADelaide, Byron Bay Blues Fest and Port Fairy Folk Festival
"It is not only hearing the words and understanding the stories that is crucial, but the vibrations and soul felt in the music are also uplifting" - THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
"Not only is he an extremely talented musician but also an incredible singer and dancer, The audience was lucky enough to witness true African Music, and be exposed to African tradition from musicians that have such a beautifully rich cultural background." - THE AU REVIEW
2017 - WOMADelaide, Blues Fest, St Kilda Festival, Mokoan Festival, Rhythm of Africa, Globe to Globe World Music Festival
2016 - White Night Melbourne , Arts Centre Melbourne, Boolarra Folk Festival, African Music and Culture Festival
2015 - Fed Square Melbourne NYE headliner, 2015, African Music and Culture festival
South by Southwes Txas USA, Victorian Premier Gala Dinner, Piers Festival