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Interview: Mohammed Yahya – Native Sun (March 2017)

If London had its own soundtrack, it would have to include a Native Sun tune. The duo composed of Mohammed Yahya & Sarina Leah are one of the most truthful musical portrayals of the British capital, gathering together an all-embracing influence, ranging from South-East Africa to the Caribbean islands and mirroring the...

Preview: CimbaliBand @ The Forge (London, 30th March 2017)

Who’d have imagined that the cimbalom could be so groovy? If you’re not used to the sound of the Hungarian dulcimer and the energetic way in which Balázs Unger, founder member of CimbaliBand, plays it. Be ready for something special, be ready to be amazed. In a few days’ time,...



Preview: Shabaka and the Ancestors – Jazz Cafe (31st March 2017)

Shabaka and the Ancestors bring their devotional free-jazz to London Jazz Café for one night only on the 31st March. The group play songs inspired by their African musical forefathers to re-visualise contemporary jazz through the voice of their masters. Band leader Shabaka Hutchings will be taking the stage with...

Preview: Mulatu Astatke @ Jazz Café (London, 4th & 5th April 2017)

Following a string of sold-out shows, this April the father of Ethio-Jazz returns to London for two unique shows at Camden’s iconic Jazz Café. A cult figure in the world of global music, Mulatu Astatke is known for his blend of pop, jazz, traditional Ethiopian music, Latin rhythms, Caribbean reggae, and...




Interview: Sergio Mendoza – Orkesta Mendoza (March 2017)

In a month’s time, on the 21st of April, London will be blown away by the sound of Orkesta Mendoza. Rich Mix and La Linea 2017 will be hosting the first date of the band’s UK tour and its energetic vibes built on a Pan-American repertoire that welcomes Latin American styles and...


Interview: Seckou Keita (February 2017)

On the eve of the release of his latest album Transparent Water, Senégalese kora player, percussionist and singer Seckou Keita was packing to fly to Paris for some radio sessions and shows in France – when he managed to find a moment to talk to Rhythm Passport about the latest of his many...


Album Review: Synthesize The Soul, Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973 – 1988 [Ostinato Records, 24th February 2017]
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Album Review: Synthesize The Soul, Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973 – 1988 [Ostinato Records, 24th February 2017]

Last year’s Analog Africa compilation (Legend of Funana) brought the tiny islands to our attention as an influential musical force. Now, Ostinato Records release an 18-track compilation showcasing how Cape Verdean musicians and producers incorporated electronic sounds into their traditional, indigenous rhythms of funana in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Under...


Interview: DJ Khalab (March 2017)

As sometimes happens to music industry personalities, Raffaele Costantino also felt the need to create a character and wear the clothes of a “superhero”. At one point in a career spent as one of the most renowned Italian radio hosts, producers, writers and artistic directors, instead of wearing a mask,...