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Your Ticket To… 2016

Your Ticket To… 2016

This month’s playlist is a bit different from the ones you’re used you to: no style or genre introduction. Instead, we chose to celebrate 2016 and wanted to do it in “our way”. We picked some of the best tunes we have listened to throughout the year and asked our contributors to...
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...
News: Juanita Euka – Winner of LUKAS Vocalist of the Year Award

News: Juanita Euka – Winner of LUKAS Vocalist of the Year Award

In three weeks’ time, Aurelio will bring his soothing Garifuna sound to London. Yet, that won’t be the only treat that we will offer you throughout the evening. Just one hour before Aurelio’s performance, another intriguing artist will make her appearance on stage and delight Rich Mix’s audience. Many of...
Interview: Calypso Rose (December 2016)

Interview: Calypso Rose (December 2016)

Songs mean the world. It’s especially the case when a singer, Calypso Rose, is the very first woman to perform the music of a particular commercial genre: calypso. With every one of her answers to my questions, Calypso Rose sang her songs to me during our interview, as if to...
News: Sounds & Colours – Argentina

News: Sounds & Colours – Argentina

Willy-nilly, it’s that time of the year again, when you have to deal with the Christmas list. Luckily, the Sounds and Colours guys have made things easier this December. Their latest guide, the fourth of the series after Colombia, Brazil and Peru-dedicated monographs, is just fresh off the press, and...
Interview: Nomade Orquestra (October 2016)

Interview: Nomade Orquestra (October 2016)

There is no doubt that Brazil has not had the best period in recent years. Scandals, corruption, social unrest and a troubled transition to a new (unelected) President have weakened its health. However, there are some events to cheer people up: the Rio Summer Olympic Games, Zika virus no longer...
Interview: Aymeric Krol – BKO Quintet (November 2016)

Interview: Aymeric Krol – BKO Quintet (November 2016)

“How can such small instruments possibly play so loud?” That’s what a member of the audience asked to BKO Quintet after their Huddersfield gig a few days ago. However, when the ‘small’ instruments are an amplified djeli n’goni and a donso n’goni, played by the educated fingertips of Abdoulaye Koné...
Interview: Bollywood Brass Band with Jyotsna Srikanth (November 2016)

Interview: Bollywood Brass Band with Jyotsna Srikanth (November 2016)

Earlier in September, the UK’s electrifying Bollywood Brass Band released their latest album, Carnatic Connections, which is an exciting collaboration with violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, that ventures away from Northern Bollywood and downwards into South Indian film music. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke on the phone with the band’s...
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