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Interview: Alborosie – Born a Living Dread (November 2017)

It’s not easy to refresh and renovate reggae and its credo. It’s even harder if you want to do it keeping intact its roots and long-established features, but there’s an Italian (with a Jamaican soul and passport) singer-songwriter and producer who’s succeeding in the challenge. We’re talking about Alborosie, the...

Album Review: Bomba Estéreo – Ayo [Sony Music Latin]
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Album Review: Bomba Estéreo – Ayo [Sony Music Latin]

The electro-tropical party machine Bomba Estéreo are back with their fifth album Ayo – their first for major label Sony. It’s concise, clocking in at 34 minutes. Clubby tracks – such as “Money, Money, Money” with its squelchy acid bass, pitched vocals and compressed electronic beats show a confident swagger...

Album Review: Rio Mira – Marimba del Pacifico [AYA Records]
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Album Review: Rio Mira – Marimba del Pacifico [AYA Records]

Bringing together the sweet sounds of the Ecuadorian and Colombian Pacific Coasts, Marimba Del Pacifico packs a rhythmic marimba sound that evokes dreamy, sun-soaked images of this Afro-Pacific region. Based in Esmeraldas, a town on the Pacific coast in the north of Ecuador and led by the beautifully haunting vocals...



Preview: Hejira + Susso @ Rich Mix (London, 24th November 2017)  

 Two intriguing new realities enriching the London’s music scene will please the Rich Mix audience on the 24th of November.  Hejira and Susso will stage an exciting double-bill bringing to Shoreditch their musical interpretation of East and West African tradition. After a journey to Ethiopia, South-East Londoners Hejira fell in...

Preview: DakhaBrakha @ Oval Space (London, 29th November 2017)

They can be minimal and loud, traditional and visionary, polyphonic and discordant, everything and nothing or better… anything and everything and they can afford to be all this because of their talent and creativity. They are DakhaBrakha, meaning “give and take”, and this November, will bring their very own musical...



Interview: Omar Sosa – Food and Music for Thought (November 2017)

We grew fonder and fonder of Transparent Water, the fourhanded album released by Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita in February, blending together Caribbean and West African traditions with musical spices coming from all over the world. So, after having reviewed the album, interviewed Seckou Keita and previewed the ongoing UK...




Preview: BADBADNOTGOOD UK Tour (UK-Wide, 14th to 16th November 2017)

BADBADNOTGOOD’s latest album came over a year ago, but the Canadian quartet has never stopped touring. This Tuesday they return to the British capital and hit the stage with opening act MIKE for the first leg of their 3-date UK Tour. Since their beginnings around 2010-11 BADBADNOTGOOD has redefined what contemporary...

Preview: KOKOKO! @ Archspace (London, 12th & 13th November 2017)  

They said there will be two “intimate” shows, but when it comes to KOKOKO!’s vibe, there’s nothing intimate or cushy about it. You’ll jump up, dance and move relentlessly to their vibrant Afro-electro groove! Hailing from Kinshasa, the five-piece collective is one of the biggest up-and-coming names in today’s world...

Preview: Saz’iso UK Tour (UK-wide, 1st to 11th November 2017)

Saz’iso are a new and unique delight of the world music scene. The band, which hails from the South of Albania, will arrive in the UK in less than two weeks for a much-anticipated tour organised by Making Tracks. Their London show – at LSO St Luke’s – has already...




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