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Preview: Focus Festival @ Rich Mix (London, 2nd June 2017)

We know that, when it comes to music, the people at Focus Organization love to do things good and proper, but this time they went the whole hog. They wanted to pay homage to African and African diaspora musical traditions, all (or most) of them. Since that wouldn’t be possible...

Album Review: Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai  [Merge Records, 3 March 2017]
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Album Review: Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai [Merge Records, 3 March 2017]

Yes, Ibibio Sound Machine are back, with their hotly anticipated second album and they have returned bigger, better, rougher and tougher! It’s three years since the release of the now classic self-titled debut album and Uyai (Merge Records) doesn’t disappoint, laying down 12 tracks of synth-tinged African vibes sweeping from full...

Album Review: Tamikrest – Kidal [Glitterbeat Records, 17th March 2017]
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Album Review: Tamikrest – Kidal [Glitterbeat Records, 17th March 2017]

For Glitterbeat Records, Tamikrest’s Kidal represents the perfect balance between the rock and meditative elements. The importance given to the message in the Tamashek language expresses the concerns of a marginalised people. The Tuareg people have a long history of hardship, oppression and insane control of political, economic and religious...

Preview: IOSONOUNCANE @ The Finsbury (London, 30th May 2017)

IOSONOUNCANE is the solo project of Italian musician Jacopo Incani. His album DIE, released over two years ago, has been widely acclaimed by Italian critics and music fans alike, and after a successful tour in his home country, it will finally be performed in venues around the rest of Europe,...



News: Superhero Run – Regent’s Park (May 2017)

Totally unrelated to music, other than one of our new reviewers, Sarah Stonedale, took part in the Superhero Run, last Sunday. Despite having two disabilities, she ran with her children and dressed as spider woman for Woman’s Trust and so far has raised nearly £500!  Woman’s Trust provides lifesaving therapy...

Preview: Amadou & Mariam @ Koko (London, 24th May 2017)

It will be on a Wednesday instead of dimanche (Sunday) and will happen in London (at Koko) instead of Bamako, but you can be safe and sound that djembes, n’doulous, baras and n’tamas will resonate all around Koko regardless. Amadou & Mariam are well and truly back, and ready to perform...




Preview: Field Day @ Victoria Park [London, 3rd June 2017]

Field Day Festival returns for its 11th year this coming June. Held in Victoria Park, East London as has become its tradition, this time however it will take place on the Saturday only, rather than lasting for two days as it has in the past. Fear not though, as despite...


Review: Snarky Puppy + Becca Stevens @ Brixton Academy (London, 5th May 2017)

Snarky Puppy is a sonically charged revolution of intelligent, jazz-inspired funk-infused with a dizzying mix of rip-roaring bombastic rock, easing into edgy, new era classical, melancholic electronic (and perfectly blended) world music; a freshly invented and entirely new genre. Lead by bassist, composer and producer Michael League, the 3* time Grammy...


Interview: Totó La Momposina (April 2017)

She rarely visits and performs in London, but when she does, she’s always keen to bring the Caribbean sun and enthusiasm with her. A few days ago, on the eve of her gig as part of La Linea festival, we had the honour to meet and have a chat with...


Interview: Luzmira Zerpa – Family Atlantica (March 2017)

Before learning to walk and talk, Luzmira Zerpa was already singing… well, maybe that’s not literally what happened, but since an early age, the woman who would become the voice, cuatro player and relentless energetic drive of Family Atlantica grew up in an environment where listening to, singing and playing...


News: Griselda Sanderson and Ricardo de Noronha release Veer (Waulk Records)

Only two days to go! Then, the new album of one of Rhythm Passport’s closest friends and long-time faithful contributor will be ready and available for you. We are talking about Scottish multi-instrumentalist, composer and nyckelharpa virtuoso Griselda Sanderson. Together with Portuguese musician Ricardo de Noronha and a bunch of skillful guests (Soufian...

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