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Your Ticket To… Kwaito

Your Ticket To… Kwaito

Derived from the Afrikaans word ‘kwai’ literally translating to angry, kwaito is the heavy, house music pumping out of modern South Africa. Kwaito was formed South Africa’s Soweto township, drawing on several South African genres such as kwela, marabi and bubblegum music, the thriving afro pop scene of the 80’s....
Your ticket to… Salsa

Your ticket to… Salsa

In 1970s New York salsa emerged, conquering the world in just a few decades. Caribbean migrants (mainly Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban) were at the heart of the Latin community, bringing musical styles such as cha cha chá, son, guaracha, mambo, bolero, plena, bomba and even Latin jazz. This breeding...
Your Ticket to… Highlife

Your Ticket to… Highlife

Originating in Ghana but with roots also placed firmly in Nigeria, Highlife music has had a major impact on modern African music since its birth in the 1920’s. Originally performed in small clubs and on street corners by brass bands, musicians gradually began incorporating vocals and jazz elements, usually driven...
Interview: N’Diale @ WOMAD Charlton Park (July 2016)

Interview: N’Diale @ WOMAD Charlton Park (July 2016)

“When you decide what you play you also decide what kind of life you lead.”  Hélène Labarrière   N’Diale is one of the most convincing collaborations between European and African musicians in recent years. In this instance Breton and Malian players have created a new music that resonates strongly with...
Interview: Kel Assouf @ WOMAD Charlton Park (July 2016)

Interview: Kel Assouf @ WOMAD Charlton Park (July 2016)

We’re backstage at WOMAD 2016 drinking mint tea with Kel Assouf, a group of musicians who describe themselves as playing ‘Stoner Rock’ from the desert. But this is not the Californian desert of Palm Desert Rock acts like Queens of the Stone Age- we’re talking about the Sahara desert. The...
Review: Konono No. 1 @ Rich Mix (London, 30th July 2016)

Review: Konono No. 1 @ Rich Mix (London, 30th July 2016)

The Grammy award winning group Konono No. 1 was formed in Congo in the late 1960s. Their distinctive sound is driven by three likembas (bass, medium and treble thumb pianos). What separates them from so many traditional acts is the rudimentary, homemade amplification of the likembas. This sound is also known...
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