Returning this week with his second album Afro Strut, Amp Fiddler made his mark on the music scene back in 2004 with his critcially acclaimed first album Waltz of a Ghetto Fly. But we've got to be honest, when we heard Afro Strut we didn't really have much of a clue who he was. Sure, we've seen the name Amp Fiddler, but shockingly appear to have thought it was some kind of acoustic night run by Mean Fiddler (oh dear!)
Now, however, we are on track, and quite frankly loving this man. The music is mature and confident fusing afrobeat with soul, jazz and hip-hop. He's also not adverse to stunning dance remixes and the likes of Tom Middleton are queuing up to work with him. Take a listen for yourself on his myspace.
While our new favourite musician might not be from London, he is playing here both tonight at a very special invite only show at Bush Hall and on September 26 at the mighty Scala. Unless you work in the media, or are very lucky, you might be wrinkling your nose up at the words 'invite only show', but there is still a way to be there. If you're planning on going to his Scala show then just show up at Bush Hall on Uxbridge Road tonight from 7 with your ticket for that gig (or a printout proof of purchase) and you'll be let in tonight completely free (subject to capacity), to enjoy not only Amp, but also the magnificent Gilles Peterson djing in between performances.