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Interview: Q&A with Imarhan – Saharan Rockers (January 2022)

You don’t expect that one of the most sought-after and original rock bands would eventually come from an oasis city in the depths of the Algerian Sahara Desert. Still, since their inception occurred in 2006, Imarhan has grown into an unadulterated and impassionate embodiment of what the soul of rock...


Interview: Q&A with KUUNATIC – Adrift in Tokyo (January 2022)

It’s a true blessing when we meet musicians able to spur us to leave our comfort zone behind. Kuunatic, a leftfield and far-out all-female Tokyo-based trio is the latest act who has led us far away from our ‘safe place’. To make your way into the Kuunatic world, you have...







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...