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Event Review: Archie Shepp & Jason Moran @ Barbican Hall – EFG London Jazz Festival (London; Friday 12th November 2021)

Archie Shepp may not have executed his ideas with the same technical dexterity I imagine of earlier years. However in his mid-eighties, he still delivered a beautifully effectual experience that transcended any physical limitations. Alongside Jason Moran, their musical ideas revealed their reverence towards the plight of inequality and the complexities...







Album Review: El Buho – Natura Sonora [Shika Shika; November 2021]
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Album Review: El Buho – Natura Sonora [Shika Shika; November 2021]

El Buho – globetrotting DJ and producer Robin Perkins – took nature as inspiration for this latest release, a marrying of folk, electronica and found sound. Self-proclaimed ‘owl by night, environmentalist by day’, Perkins’ reverence for the natural world shines through in this downtempo organic electronica that is bright with...



Album Review: Manzanita y su Conjunto – Trujillo, Perú 1971 – 1974 [Analog Africa; July 2021]
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Album Review: Manzanita y su Conjunto – Trujillo, Perú 1971 – 1974 [Analog Africa; July 2021]

Savour, swing, rhythm and joy distinguish the magic guitar of Manzanita, spanning around the golden age of Peruvian Cumbia. Trujillo, Perú 1971 – 1974 comprises the personal style developed by the self-taught guitarist Berardo Hernández (1943-2007). Along with his Conjunto: Antonio Medina (bongos), Héctor Mattos (congas), Ricardo Valles (timbales), Enrique Ibérico...









Preview: Cubafrobeat – Lokkhi Terra meets Dele Sosimi + Kadialy Kouyate @ Woolwich Works (London; Friday 1st October 2021)

Launching an exciting and thought-provoking calendar of events like the Black History Month’s one is a responsibility not easy to face. So, to inaugurate the Woolwich Works series showcasing and celebrating African and Afro-diasporic cultural expressions, there are going to be some of the finest and representative interpreters of those...