Black History Month: Tuup of Transglobal Underground and flautist Keith Waithe team up

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Image caption: Image 1: TUUP (right) and Keith Waithe, music and storytelling combine with local history in this lovely film for BHM.

Two renowned west London musicians have joined forces to perform a story in sound and rhythm to mark Black History Month called Guyana's rainforest speaks.

Tuup, a poet, storyteller and the lead singer of the London techno dance group Transglobal Underground, teamed up with flautist Keith Waithe to record and film the musical tribute. 

Both men have roots in Guyana, on the northern coast of South America, but call west London their home… Chiswick for Tuup and Hanwell for Keith. 

They have dedicated the new performance to Jessica Huntley, who supported Guyanese musicians via her publishing house, Bogle L’Ouverture Press, and who recently passed away. 

Keith describes his collaborator Tuup as ‘one of the most inspirational storytellers from the African/Caribbean community; one who embodies the African oral tradition’.  

As well as drum beat and reggae flute notes, the specially written composition includes birdsong, shell sounds and rap lyrics. 

Keith, a father of four, has one of the largest collections of flutes in the UK – more than 200, some made by South American tribesfolk – and is well known to audiences at the prestigious Ealing Jazz Festival, where he has performed for more than two decades with his band, the Macusi Players. 

The composition lasts around 40 minutes.

You can watch and hear it here