Meet Mama Tokus: Edifying, entertaining, funky & funny
Mama Tokus is a soulful blues, R&B and gospel inspired performer from the Deep South West of England. She writes and sings her own compositions bringing women’s blues bang up to date for the 21st century. And she injects cheeky humour into her music, making her show memorable and funny for the audience, whilst harking back to sassy female performers like Dinah Washington and Josephine Baker.
Mama Tokus is also a comic poet & MC, performing funny spoken word on subjects including womanhood, technology, language and, of course, music.
She comes from the Thames Delta, now lives close to the Tamar River Delta…but she’s inspired by the Mississippi Delta. Expect a lesson in gospel, soul and blues delivered in Estuary English.
She’s big on participation, so if you’re watching a Mama Tokus show, expect to get involved with the dancing and the fun, while you’re getting down to her funkinism.
She is influenced by: Dinah Washington, Dusty Springfield, Dr John, Sarah Vaughan, Josephine Baker, Tina Turner, Barrelhouse Annie, Burt Bacharach, Noel Coward, the Rolling Stones, Rufus Thomas, Georgie Fame, James Booker, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Meters…and many more groovy people.
Mama Tokus has performed in San Diego, California, including The Gator By The Bay Festival and The Burning Man Festival (USA), The Big Chill Festival; London’s Rich Mix, Madame Jojo’s and The Brickhouse and The Mayor of London’s Thames Festival; Port Eliot Festival; Bath’s Ustinov Theatre; Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival & Dart Music Festival (South West UK).
She has opened for Martha Reeves.
Hear and see Mama Tokus online by visiting: www.MamaTokus.com
Connect with her here: www.facebook.com/MamaTokus
‘On The Ragtime’ is available for sale online at the following places: www.MamaTokus.com, iTunes, Amazon, and you can stream it here: Spotify
15th, 16th & 17th May 2015