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December 2023
Vol. 23, No. 3


UK Singer/Poet Mama Tokus to Perform with Robin Henkel and Ric Lee

September 2014
Mama Tokus and Robin Henkel.

Mama Tokus and Robin Henkel.

Ric Lee

Ric Lee

Blues singer and spoken word poetess Mama Tokus from Devon, UK will be creating a special performance with San Diego’s own primitive bluesman Robin Henkel.  This unique merging of styles will take place at Java Joe’s, Wednesday, September 24 at 8pm and at Birdrock Coffee Roasters Saturday, October 4 at 10am.

About Mama Tokus: Mama Tokus is a soulful blues, R&B and gospel-inspired performer from the Deep South West of the United Kingdom. She writes and sings her own compositions — bringing women’s blues back 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 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).

What People Say:
“A triumph of modern-day feminism set against a backdrop of olden-day sounds…laced with humour and heart…Just what the soul-doctor ordered.”
– 24-7 listings magazine covering South West England

“The glorious, garrulous queen of the (South West) swamp delta blues, Mama Tokus”
— Apples and Snakes, the UK’s performance poetry organisation

Concert Dates/Info:
Tues., Sept. 23, Tio Leo’s, 7pm
Bayou Brothers w/ Mama Tokus & Robin Henkel
5302 Napa St, San Diego (619) 542-1462

Wed., Sept. 24, Java Joe’s, 8pm
An evening of poetry and blues
Mama Tokus, Robin Henkel & Ric Lee
3536 Adams Ave, San Diego (619) 283-1151

Fri., Sept. 26, Women’s Museum of California, 6:30-8:30pm
Mama Tokus Performance Poetess
2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego, CA

Sat., Sept. 27, San Diego Zoo, 6pm
Bayou Brothers w/ Mama Tokus
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego (619) 231-1515

Sun., Sept. 28, Lestat’s Stage, Adams Street Fair, 3pm
Mama Tokus & Robin Henkel, poetry and blues
3343 Adams Ave, San Diego (619) 282-0437

Fri., Oct. 3, Wynola Pizza, 6-9pm
Mama Tokus & Robin Henkel, blues and poetry
and Robin’s 63rd Bitrhday Shindig…yippieeeeeee!
4355 California 78, Julian (760) 765-1004

Sat., Oct. 4, Birdrock Coffee Roasters, 10am-12pm
Mama Tokus & Robin Henkel, blues and poetry
5627 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla (858) 551-1707

Sat., Oct. 4, Tio Leo’s, 8pm
Mama Tokus w/ Bayou Brothers & Robin Henkel
5302 Napa St, San Diego (619) 542-1462

Sun, Oct 5, The Tin Roof, 7pm
Blues Summit featuring performances by just about everybody
in the San Diego blues community
@ 8pm, a 20 minute set with Mama Tokus, Robin Henkel & Ric Lee
401 G St, San Diego (619) 230-8606

Wed, Oct 8, House of Blues, Pro Blues Jam, 7pm
at 9pm a 30 min set w/ Mama Tokus, Robin Henkel & Ric Lee
1055 5th Ave, San Diego (619) 299-2583

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