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Saturday Night at The Howff with GABO, SHHE and Nyah Fearties

howff /haʊf/. A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub.

Welcome to Saturday night at the Howff, Bella’s lounge for the lockdown with The Glasgow African Balafon Orchestra, SHHE and the legendary Nyah Fearties.

We are delighted to kick off tonight’s session with Ambatalaya, a track from Jungle Fever, the debut album by the Glasgow African Balafon Orchestra (GABO).

It was an accidental meeting between Chief who was playing his balafon in the park and Lene, that saw the beginnings of the Glasgow African Balafon Orchestra (GABO). Fast forward two years later, GABO is now a 9-piece orchestra who have just recorded their debut album Jungle Fever. The band is composed of musicians and storytellers from all walks of life.  Each member brings their different flavour to the music which is predominantly Ghanaian folk tales and traditional songs from Chief Chebe’s village mixed with hi-life and western jazz.


To follow and support GABO’s work visit www.gabosounds.com



Released yesterday on One Little Independent Records, Re: is an album of reworked material and collaborations by Scottish-Portuguese producer SHHE.  The release arrives alongside the announcement that her self-titled debut has been shortlisted for the coveted SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award alongside the likes of Erland Cooper, The Ninth Wave and more.

On ‘Re:’ SHHE has joined forces with a host of talent from around the world including rRoxymore, Sophia Loizou, Alva Noto and more. These collaborative reimaginings explore different aspects of their predecessor; not only comparatively viewed with the power of hindsight, but through the lens of other creative outlooks, and in a vastly different time. With ‘Re:’, whether you’re familiar or new to the work of SHHE, the blissful melodies will entrance and enrapture.


for further information and to support SHHE visit https://shhe.bandcamp.com/


Nyah Fearties were a Scottish music band from the village of Lugton, that created a near-unique brand of anarchic modern folk between 1982 and 1995.

Combining the rich traditional music and storytelling culture of its native Ayrshire, with a jarring punk ethos, madcap humour and improvised acoustic instrumentation (though usually amplified), the band made a significant contribution to the British folk-punk scene of the 1980s and 1990s.

It often tested live audiences with a feedback-laced aural assault, more akin to experimental rock groups like Velvet Underground or The Jesus and Mary Chain, than an acoustic folk act. In addition, Nyah Fearties were known for utilising all manner of improvised and imaginative musical paraphernalia, including bashing upturned metal dustbins to create percussion, and the use of an archaic gramophone upon which Andy Stewart records were ‘scratched’ in the style of a hip-hop DJ.

Their 1990 second album Desperation O’ a Dyin’ Culture has just been released digitally for the first time. Until now the vinyl only album has become a classic rarity. We are delighted to share the track Hills O’ New Galloway from the album. Desperation O’ a Dyin Culture and other work by Nyah Fearties can be found https://nyahfearties.bandcamp.com/





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