Norwich’s Joe Ringer Band flew to the Sahara Desert
06:30 18 June 2022
A 32-piece band from the city played the show of a lifetime after being whisked off to the middle of the Sahara Desert for a private booking.
The Joe Ringer Band (JRB) got a call earlier this year to fly to Africa for a mysterious Brazilian client’s mega celebration.
Joe Ringer, the 38-year-old frontman, said: “We weren’t sure what to expect.
“All we knew was that the venue was in the middle of the desert and it was a party for someone who was bringing 150 of their friends and family from Brazil.
“I knew it would be lavish, but it was next level.”
Upon arriving in Marrakech on June 10, the group checked into a hotel before being driven into the middle of the world’s largest hot desert for the June 12 event.
It was there that they realized they would also be supporting famous artists, including Heather Small – who had also been commissioned for the show.
Joe said: “We backed her for ’90s bangers like ‘One Night in Heaven’ and ‘Moving on Up’ which was amazing.”
Although the band are seasoned professionals – selling out bands like the Norwich Theater Royal – the 40 degree heat posed a new challenge for the musicians.
Joe added: “There were even camels at this event as well as traditional Moroccan drummers and many other amazing acts around the venue.”
Usually, the band’s lead singer, Joe, only sang one number and led the orchestra for the rest of the show.
Indeed, the mystery shopper had seen The JRB’s work at Blicking’s Classic Ibiza events and loved what they were doing.
Joe added: “It was a once in a lifetime experience.
“I will never forget him.
“Of course I still love playing in Norfolk and we hope to bring our orchestra shows back to the area soon.”
The Joe Ringer Band are currently preparing their Christmas show which will return to Norwich and surrounding areas in December.
Joe said: “After two years so bad, it’s so good to be back and busier than ever.”
Unusual facts about the Sahara Desert
1. The Sahara is changing in size.
Usually its size is about 8,600,000 km, but it expands and contracts with the seasons.
It is also 10 pc larger than a century ago. Scientists believe this is partly due to climate change.
2. The desert occupies almost a third of the African continent.
It also covers 11 countries including Egypt, Algeria, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Western Sahara and Tunisia.
3. The highest point in the desert is an extinct volcano called Mont Koussi in Chad, which rises to 3,415 meters.
Some of its dunes can even reach more than 180m.
4. The Sahara is actually home to more than two million people.
They live near water sources to support their communities.
5. In addition to the camels The JRB spotted in the desert, it is also home to a variety of wildlife.
Although its conditions are among the harshest in the world, other creatures live there, including foxes, lizards, snakes and scorpions.