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Album Review: Hackney Colliery Band – Sharpener [Veki UK, 22nd July 2016]
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Album Review: Hackney Colliery Band – Sharpener [Veki UK, 22nd July 2016]

Building on a quintessentially British tradition of colliery brass bands, the 8-year old Hackney Colliery Band has ingeniously transformed what used to be a coal-mining community music tradition into a dynamic and dance-inducing response to today’s cosmopolitan London. The nine-piece brass and marching percussion band from East London, fronted by trumpeter...

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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...
Womad UK 2016

Womad UK 2016

It’s less than a month until the most exciting world music event of the British Summer: Womad UK 2016. To help you to make the most of the four days, but also tempt you to join us on the green of Charlton Park, we have gone through the thrilling line up...
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...
Interview: Amaraterra (June 2016)

Interview: Amaraterra (June 2016)

On 13th June Italy played its first match of the European Championship 2016 against Belgium. The football was the perfect excuse for Rich Mix, the Shoreditch independent multi-arts venue stretched over five floors, to organise an all-Italian event, inviting Amaraterra to perform on stage after the match, either to celebrate...
Interview: Nubiyan Twist (July 2016)

Interview: Nubiyan Twist (July 2016)

One of the most exciting names on the UK music scene is also one of its most indefinable and difficult to pigeonhole. That’s because the musical ‘dirty’ dozen Nubiyan Twist (in honour of its front woman) dislikes definitions, labels or borders. The band, originally from Leeds, London, Oxford and Dublin...
Review: Hermeto Pascoal @ Barbican Centre (London, 9th July 2016)

Review: Hermeto Pascoal @ Barbican Centre (London, 9th July 2016)

It really is something special to see a live performance by ‘O Bruxo’ (the sorcerer). The eminent Brazilian musician, producer, arranger and composer Hermeto Pascoal was once described by Miles Davis, no less, as ‘the most impressive musician in the world.’ His show at London’s Barbican Centre was hugely anticipated...
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