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Preview: Sons of Kemet @ Village Underground (London, 25th May 2016)

Sons of Kemet are bringing jazz to another level broadening its horizons even further. The London-based quartet, which started to play together in 2011, represents a step-forward for the genre. They indeed decided not simply to add some New Orleans dixie-fragrance, the “post” prefix and unpredictability to their double-drums, sax and tuba...

Interview: Smockey (April 2016)

A few weeks ago, freedom-of-expression campaigners Index on Censorship announced Serge Bambara as the recipient of the inaugural Music in Exile Fund Fellowship. But this was more than an annual prize. Better known as Smockey (contraction of “se moquer“, which means “to mock”), what Serge received was really a lifetime achievement...


Interview: Baloji @ Brighton Dome (May 2016)

“This is NOT world music, this is OUR music! You can’t put me in a box just because I’m black! You can’t put me in a box because I’m African and I’m proud of what I am! Brighton, if you are with us, raise your finger!” With these few words,...

Interview: Sérgio Dias – Os Mutantes (May 2016)

Os Mutantes always were, and still are, one of the most influential bands in the history of modern music. With their career beginning back in 1966, they remain loved and cherished by fans both old and new after over 50 years in the business. The São Paulo Tropicalia ensemble can...


Preview: Moh! Kouyate @ Rich Mix (London, 19th May 2016)

There’s a lot going on with Moh! Kouyate. First, his impressive musical history: born in Conakry in Guinea and now based in Paris, the young guitarist has worked with artists Ba Cissoko, Corey Harris and Fatoumata Diawara. Then, whilst remaining engaged with the traditional Mandingo music of West Africa, he...

Interview: Daymé Arocena (April 2016)

Usually it would be rude to reveal a woman’s age, but there are always exceptions. Especially when it comes to an impressive young musician, composer, arranger and choir director who, at the age of 24, has already released two albums, toured the world, signed for Gilles Peterson’s label Brownswood Recordings,...

Preview: Alchemy Festival @ Southbank Centre (London, 20th – 30th May 2016)

The exuberant ten-day Alchemy Festival returns to Southbank for its seventh year! Celebrating the historical and cultural ties between the UK and India, it offers an impressive array of activities, from both classical and contemporary performances, workshops, exhibitions and its mouth-watering food market. Its music programme features artists from the...

Interview: Damir Imamović (May 2016)

Damir Imamović’s latest album Dvojka with his band Sevdah Takht and published by Glitterbeat Records, clearly proves that some musical traditions can never be suppressed. Having grown up during the siege of his home city, Sarajevo, and coming from a long line of sevdah musicians, Damir Imamović is in a unique position both...


Interview: Otura Mun – ÌFÉ (April 2016)

With just two songs and their videos, an unprecedented level of hype was created among Caribbean, African and also Latin music enthusiasts. That’s because ÌFÉ are one of the most surprising and promising new acts coming from the Puerto Rican music scene. As their Yoruba name reflects, they are all...




Review: Criolo + Baloji @ Koko (London, 24th April 2016)

It was billed as one of the highlights of 2016’s La Linea Festival, but Criolo and Baloji gig at Koko went above and beyond all expectations. The event was the unequivocal proof that hip-hop has a thousand faces, and the remarkable ability to adapt and absorb different cultures to spread...


Review: Ariwo & A Guy Called Gerald @ The Pickle Factory (London, 16th April 2016)

Ariwo are a little-known, and newly-established, world fusion act. Led by sound designer, Pouya Ehsaei, they are a quartet of celebrated instrumentalists exploring Afro-Cuban, Iranian and electronic atmospheres. Their ever-growing list of accolades and projects is immense, including trumpeter Yelfris Valdes’ participation in the Buena Vista Social Club, and Latin...

Album Review: Konono No.1 meets Batida [Crammed Discs, March 2016]
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Album Review: Konono No.1 meets Batida [Crammed Discs, March 2016]

The group Konono No.1 and Angola-born, Lisbon-raised, artist Batida, have teamed up and released Konono No.1 meets Batida, an album that is both thought-provoking and also an enjoyable listen. The songs are engaging medleys of electronic instrumentation, along with sounds such as the thumb piano, that we assume that the Congolese listeners would already...

Review: Kondi Band @ The Forge (London, 23rd April 2016)

It is no surprise that Sorie Kondi chose to name himself after the instrument he plays: the African thumb piano, kondi. He is at one with it and when he plays, he owns the stage. It is also no surprise that after hearing ‘Without Money No Family’, Brasil-based DJ Chief...

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