Biyi Adepegba and Barbara Pukwana established Joyful Noise in January 1990 to present contemporary world black music. The first concert under the banner of “Joyful Noise” was presented at the Conway Hall in March 1990 and the first concert at the South Bank Centre in September 1990.
In 1992, Joyful Noise relaunched Jika Records(the recording company established by Dudu and Barbara Pukwana in 1980) to produce recordings by The South African Gospel Singers, Township Express with Pinise Saul and Lucky Ranku, The Master Drummers of Africa, Claude Deppa, The African Jazz Allstars.
Since 1994 Joyful Noise has been producing concertsfor The London Jazz Festival, Rhythm Sticks Festival, the Arts Council England and London Arts.In 2003 Joyful Noise launched The London African Music Festival at the Royal Festival Hall to celebrate ” essential music from a vibrant continent”.
The critically acclaimed festival has quickly become one of the major annual music events in London and is now held in a series of London venues.With its extensive knowledge about the African Music Scene Joyful Noise has become one of the major forces in this field and is acting as a consultant for a number of festivals and promoters.
Joyful Noise manages selective artists and their tours Joyful Noise has also been actively furthering new collaborations, commissioning new music and discovering and developing young artists.
2010 – Established The Vocal Ensemble of Africa with pianist and writer Juwon Ogungbe
2009 – became a member of the Arts Council England’s Black Routes Consortium
2008 – Signed The Congo Allstars
2007 – co-produced the Africa Day held at the Trafalgar Square in May 2007 for the Mayor of
London Office. The concert was headline by Miriam Makeba.
2003 – established the annual London African Music Festival
2006 – Established the African Jazz Allstars with Lucky Ranku
2005 – Established the Faaji Drummers of Nigeria
2005 – Produced 20 of the 26 concerts featured in Africa 05
2004 – Produced “Toi Toi” CD by South African trumpeter Claude Deppa
2004 – Produced the concerts for South Africa’s 10th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations in the UK
2003 – Established the Yoruba Women Choir with Funmi Olawumi
2003 – Produced “Rainbow People” CD by the South African Gospel Singers
2002 – Produced “Explosion of Harmonies” CD by the South African Gospel Singers
2000 – Signed Township Express with Lucky Ranku and Pinise Saul
1995 to 2006 – produced Pulse Concert Series
1994 to 2004 – produced concerts for the London Jazz Festival
1994 to 2005 – produced concerts for the Rhythm Sticks Festival
1995 – Established the Master Drummers of Africa
1994 to 1999 – produced the London Moves
1994 – Signed management contract with The South African Gospel Singers
1992 – 2006 – Co-produced the Rhythm Sticks Festival (1992 to 2006) the drum-lead festival of
world music in association with the Southbank Centre.
1992 – Received the first Fixed Terms Funding grant
1991 to 1994 – produced the African Moves
1990 – established Joyful Noise