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Interview: Ibibio Sound Machine (January 2016)

Ahead of their Passing Clouds gig last weekend, we caught up with Ibibio Sound Machine front woman, Eno Williams, to have a chat about the bands origins and the sounds and artists who drive them the most. London born Eno originally hailing from Nigeria, formed Ibibio with fellow bandmates/producers Max Grunhard,...



Review: Mulatu Astatke @ Roundhouse (London, 1st February 2016)

Since his contribution to the soundtrack of Jim Jarmusch’s 2005 movie Broken Flowers Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke has  become a global “pop-star”. However, this is a recent event in his fifty-year career, and his many fans have always considered him to be something special. His latest performance at the Roundhouse...

Review: Bixiga 70 @ Rich Mix (London, 29th January 2015)

They said you’d never forget your first time, and even if Bixiga 70’s performance at Rich Mix was your second, third or fourth it would still be a night to remember! Last Friday the Brazilian big-band from São Paulo made its début on a British stage, but its name is hardly...

Preview: Anda Union UK Tour (24th January – 19th February)

Anda Union, the Mongolian traditional music powerhouse embarked on their latest UK tour this month, with a busy schedule of upcoming dates. Audiences can expect boundless galloping energy coupled with haunting virtuosic sensitivity. Uniting many musical traditions from inner Mongolia, the nine-strong group combines throat singing and long song with...

Preview: Rokia Traoré @ Roundhouse (London, 6th February 2016)

Featuring a plethora of guest artists including John Paul Jones and Devendra Barnhart, this February will see Malian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Rokia Traoré release her sixth album, Né So. Produced by John Parish of PJ Harvey and Tracy Chapman acclaim, accompanying this release is her 2016 tour, kicking off at...







Preview: Mulatu Astatke @ Roundhouse (London, 1st February 2016)

In one way or another, everything has already been written about the master of Ethio-jazz. So it’s not easy to unearth a never-used-before reason to encourage people to attend one of the London live music highlights of February and enjoy Mulatu Astatke gig at Roundhouse. However, next to the creativity and...

Review: Vieux Farka Touré @ Kings Place (London, 27th January)

A highly expectant crowd of Kings Place world music regulars were treated to Vieux Farka Touré’s stunning guitarwork this Wednesday in an entertaining yet unpolished show. Coming out clothed in shimmering green with a to-be-caressed forest green guitar, Vieux was personally on blistering form. Firmly placed in the shortlist of...

Interview: Baaba Maal on his ‘Traveller’ tour (January 2016)

“Travelling is the strongest lesson of life,” announces Baaba Maal, one of West Africa’s most renowned musical spokesmen. The Senegalese superstar has recorded seventeen albums to date. The most recent, aptly named ‘The Traveller’, has just been released. We were lucky to be granted an interview with the singer just...

Preview: Bixiga 70 @ Rich Mix (London, 29th January 2016)

Bringing together joyous danceability, a sharp sense of humour and committed political reflection, come shake off any remaining turkey sandwiches this January to the profound instrumental music of Bixiga 70. Coming together in Sao Paolo’s culturally diverse Bixiga neighbourhood, inspired by the city’s jazz and avant-garde pop scene, Bixiga 70...

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