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Your Ticket To… Benga

Your Ticket To… Benga

Kenya is rich in musical history, from the much loved taarab through to caracha and more recently cumulating reggae and even rock scenes. Stripping Kenyan music back to its origins however, reveals the culture shifting style of benga, a beautiful finger and thumb guitar style originating in Eastern Kenya in...
Your Ticket To… Rasin Music

Your Ticket To… Rasin Music

Rasin music is Haitian Vodou music (drums and bells forming traditional rhythms, accompanied by traditional lyrics sung in service to a Vodou spirit) shaped into commercial art. It takes on a multitude of shapes: modernist, postmodern, folklore, according to the times in which the music was produced and marketed. In...
Your Ticket To… Ethio-Jazz

Your Ticket To… Ethio-Jazz

Apologies to anyone thinking this might be the case, but no, the original Ethio-jazz architect is not Mulatu Astatke. The genius from Jimma is the undeniable model maker and developer of the more recent style. However, to sketch and lay out what has become an unequal combination between traditional African...
Review: Sona Jobarteh @ Rich Mix (London, 17th November 2016)

Review: Sona Jobarteh @ Rich Mix (London, 17th November 2016)

Sona Jobarteh is the picture of determination. That’s not just because of her consciousness, musicianship, poignant voice or effect produced by the bright-red dress she wore during her latest London gig at Rich Mix part of EDF London Jazz Festival; it’s something which is intrinsic to her figure. From ‘Jarabi’ to the...
Interview: Anthony Joseph (November 2016)

Interview: Anthony Joseph (November 2016)

The Caribbean: scattered islands, surrounded by sea that is at times green, at times grey, and at times blue. The nations that make up the Caribbean are all products of large slave populations, sometimes 90 per cent to 10 per cent plantation owners, the genocides of native tribes such as...
Review: Anchorsong @ Echoes (London, 25th October 2016)

Review: Anchorsong @ Echoes (London, 25th October 2016)

It is under the Overground railways in Haggerston, in a tiny venue newly opened by the Soundcrash family, that Japanese-born London-based electronic composer Anchorsong took the stage for a sold out two-nighter. Surrounded by a devoted audience that was definitely not there by chance, the musician played an effervescent live...
Interview: Phil Passera – Payfone (November 2016)

Interview: Phil Passera – Payfone (November 2016)

Phil Passera and Chieka Ononye’s music careers as DJs and producers span two decades. They honed their sound on solo projects and collaborations with dozens of musicians, becoming well-respected actors on the world dance scene. So it was a no brainer for them to team up to run a project together....
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