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Review: Iness Mezel @ Vortex Jazz Club (London, 10th January 2016)

Review: Iness Mezel @ Vortex Jazz Club (London, 10th January 2016)

Iness Mezel’s talent is characterised by a creative dualism. She is deeply influenced by two traditions  – her native Berber and adopted European- moved by the two musical elements of melody and rhythm, inspired by two distinct artistic styles -folklore and contemporary – and  even the pace of her performances can be...
Interview: Olcay Bayir (December 2015)

Interview: Olcay Bayir (December 2015)

If the Anatolian peninsula had its own bard, it would probably include Olcay Bayir. Of Kurdish origin, the Turkish singer-songwriter epitomises the voices, sounds and stories of her native region. In her music, she gathers together all the influences and references of the Turkish tradition, but also crosses national borders...
Interview: Owiny Sigoma Band (November 2015)

Interview: Owiny Sigoma Band (November 2015)

Now on their third Brownswood LP, Nyanza, Owiny Sigoma Band are rightfully garnering critical acclaim. This super-group’s insistence on pushing the envelope is infectious. They’re part of a wider scene of DJs and bands who fuse tropical, electronic flavours with, dubby-techno and cerebral pop. The project began in earnest when...
Review: The Wailers @ IndigO2 (London, 28th November 2015)

Review: The Wailers @ IndigO2 (London, 28th November 2015)

A legacy immortalised by Bob Marley. A future defined by the timeless nature of reggae music. The Wailers’ performance of their iconic album Legend at the Indigo O2 cemented their position as one of history’s musical gems. For many bands that have played with such iconic frontmen and women, it...
Review: Namlo @ Sands Films (London, 2nd December 2015)

Review: Namlo @ Sands Films (London, 2nd December 2015)

It is well known that music has the ability to let people escape from their reality and travel the world without barely moving from their sofa. But, what happened on stage in the intimate and velvety setting of Sands Films in Rotherithe, surprised even the more passionate music lovers. In little more...
Interview: Vieux Farka Touré (November 2015)

Interview: Vieux Farka Touré (November 2015)

On the eve of his first UK tour for some time Rhythm Passport was privileged to interview one of the great ambassadors of Malian guitar, Vieux Farka Touré. Still only in his mid-thirties Vieux Farka Touré has recorded eight albums to date. His second, Fondo, propelled him to fame when...
Review: Songhoy Blues + Blaenavon @ Koko (London, 4th November 2015)

Review: Songhoy Blues + Blaenavon @ Koko (London, 4th November 2015)

Songhoy Blues, the new Malian sensation, can no longer play in their native region because of the music ban imposed by jihadists back in 2012. Instead they have built an audience and reputation beyond Malian borders, becoming one of the most ambitious projects shaped on African soil. Their desert-rock/blues, which...
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