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Album Review: Konono No.1 meets Batida [Crammed Discs, March 2016]
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Album Review: Konono No.1 meets Batida [Crammed Discs, March 2016]

The group Konono No.1 and Angola-born, Lisbon-raised, artist Batida, have teamed up and released Konono No.1 meets Batida, an album that is both thought provoking and also an enjoyable listen. The songs are engaging medleys of electronic instrumentation, along with sounds such as the thumb piano, that we assume that the Congolese listeners would...

Playlists

Your Ticket to… Ska

Your Ticket to… Ska

This ticket is for a trip back in time, to the roots of one of the most popular upbeat music styles: ska. The origins of the genre date back to the late 1950s, when Jamaican music producers like Prince Buster, Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd and Duke Reid formed the first...
Your ticket to… Patchanka

Your ticket to… Patchanka

“Patchanka is the wild sound, for proud souls and lonely hounds”, this was the refrain of the patchanka’s style manifesto song written by Manu Chao and Mano Negra back 1989. Willy-nilly, the French (with Basque origin) musician and band are the most significant exponents of the sound born at the...
Your ticket to… Balkan Music

Your ticket to… Balkan Music

The Balkans has always been the most unstable European region. Its boundaries are still today volatile and migrations, wars and disputes have regularly scarred the peninsula. This also means that Balkan culture and music have constantly been influenced by foreign elements, adopting and blending them together with the proudly home-grown...
Interview: Daymé Arocena (April 2016)

Interview: Daymé Arocena (April 2016)

Usually it would be rude to reveal a woman’s age, but there are always exceptions. Especially when it comes to an impressive young musician, composer, arranger and choir director who, at the age of 24, has already released two albums, toured the world, signed for Gilles Peterson’s label Brownswood Recordings,...
Interview: Damir Imamović (May 2016)

Interview: Damir Imamović (May 2016)

Damir Imamović’s latest album Dvojka with his band Sevdah Takht and published by Glitterbeat Records, clearly proves that some musical traditions can never be suppressed. Having grown up during the siege of his home city, Sarajevo, and coming from a long line of sevdah musicians, Damir Imamović is in a unique position both...
Interview: Otura Mun – ÌFÉ (April 2016)

Interview: Otura Mun – ÌFÉ (April 2016)

With just two songs and their videos, an unprecedented level of hype was created among Caribbean, African and also Latin music enthusiasts. That’s because ÌFÉ are one of the most surprising and promising new acts coming from the Puerto Rican music scene. As their Yoruba name reflects, they are all...
Review: Criolo + Baloji @ Koko (London, 24th April 2016)

Review: Criolo + Baloji @ Koko (London, 24th April 2016)

It was billed as one of the highlights of 2016’s La Linea Festival, but Criolo and Baloji gig at Koko went above and beyond all expectations. The event was the unequivocal proof that hip-hop has a thousand faces, and the remarkable ability to adapt and absorb different cultures to spread...
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