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Your ticket to… Soukous

Your ticket to… Soukous

Deriving from the French term, ‘secousse’ literally meaning ‘to shake’, Soukous music has a simple aim, to make the people dance. Originating in Congo, Soukous spread its rhythms throughout Africa, eventually capturing the hearts and dancefloors of London and Paris in the 80’s, with Paris based musicians such as the...
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...
Review: Yeasayer @ Oslo Hackney (London, 10th June 2016)

Review: Yeasayer @ Oslo Hackney (London, 10th June 2016)

A sold out Oslo was treated to a reincarnated Yeasayer, complete with their unmistakable lush harmonies, jangly guitars and New York swagger. It was their second album, the 2010 Secretly Canadian and Mute Records release, Odd Blood, that bought Yeasayer to the world’s attention, when they enjoyed much hype including...
Review: Lila Downs @ Southbank Centre (London, 1st June 2016)

Review: Lila Downs @ Southbank Centre (London, 1st June 2016)

Southbank Centre aptly kicked off the arrival of summer with a fiery and warm performance by Mexican-American multiple Grammy award winner Lila Downs. Although Downs is known primarily for her powerful vocals and invigorating live performances, she is also a key figure in the activism for Latin America’s indigenous peoples,...
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