Quintet based in Montreal, Quebec. Canada + Congo
Winner of the Stingray prize for best composition
at Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017
Jazzamboka is the coming together of ‘jazz’ and ‘yamboka’, meaning village or country in the Congolese language of Lingala.
Despite the name, the band – made up of five Quebec residents, two of Congolese origin – does not limit itself to conventional jazz.
They prefer instead to draw on their diverse musical backgrounds including Hip-Hop, Soukous, Be-Bop, Funk, Rock, Electronic and, above all, the music of Central Africa.Incorporating a variety of traditional and ancestral musical instruments – namely the lokolé and the ngoma into the band’s core instrumentation – helps create Jazzamboka’s unique signature sound.
Performance highlights: Amersfoort Jazz, Les Escales Musicales Montreal, ft Matosinhos Em Jazz PT, Festival Sons Do Jazz PT, Sudbury Jazz Ontario, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
Live at Theatre Fairmont
«The evening’s emphatic final installment was delivered by Jazzamboka–an amalgamation of the words jazz and yamboka, meaning village or country in the Congolese language of Lingala. This powerhouse,award-winning quintet includes drummer Noel Mpiaza and percussionist Elli Miller-Maboungou, both of Congolese descent; bassist Émile Farley; saxophonist Julien Fillion; and keyboardist Félix Leblanc.» […]
– Jazz Times (US), Sharonne Cohen