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Review: Ibeyi @ Koko (London, 3rd November 2015)

Packed to the rafters with people vying for any sort of view, Koko played host to the French-Cuban duo Ibeyi for this eagerly anticipated North London gig. Twins Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz performed songs from their eponymous album, released earlier this year. Ibeyi is a beautifully crafted record but...


Preview: Seckou Keita + Gwyneth Glyn @ Rich Mix (London, 17th November 2015)

As part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, Senegalese sensation Seckou Keita will be leading an audience at Rich Mix into mystical soundscapes, orchestrated by his kora – a 22 stringed West African harp. Seckou has attracted international recognition after displaying multi-instrumental splendour – known at the same time as...

Interview: Ibeyi @ WOMAD (July 2015)

No matter that time is limited, the rain is pouring down or that backstage hustle and bustle is off the scale. When you have the chance to interview the most up-and-coming act of the year – and one of the most charming and stylish- you just have to seize the...



Preview: London International Arts Festival (London, 4th – 8th November 2015)

Jyotsna Srikanth is not ‘simply’ a renowned London-based Indian artist and significant contemporary exponent of the Carnatic tradition nor even ‘just’ a delightful violinist, but also a forward-looking artistic director and event organizer. In this latter dress thanks to the help of Dhruv Arts, she’s imagined and realized an intriguing...

Interview: Dom La Nena (October 2015)

‘La Nena’ (little girl) is the nickname that she has carried around the world since adolescence. However, even though she still has a girlish air, Dominique ‘Dom’ Pinto moves around the music scene like a seasoned actress. Her experience is enviable, and she could easily be described as a ‘musician...

Preview: Songhoy Blues @ Koko (London, 4th November 2015)

Songhoy Blues are a music mystery: the more they become popular and people listen to their music, the more they defy any definition. There are those who say that the four musicians from Gao are the last true desert blues interpreters, then there are critics affirming that they sound psychedelic,...


Preview: Ibeyi @ Koko (London, 3rd November 2015)

They’re little more than twenty years old, released just one album and their career debuted only two years ago… But they’ve already turned the music world upside-down! Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz, better known as Ibeyi, will soon turn Koko, London and the U.K.upside-down too with their forthcoming tour, which will see...

Preview: Mbongwana Star @ Oval Space (London, 1st November 2015)

If today we can talk about a Kinshasa sound and the Congolese capital is a driving force of the world music scene, a huge amount of merit goes to Coco (Ngambali) and Theo (Nsituvuidi). The two musicians, whom started playing together more than fifteen years ago in Staff Benda Bilili, are still...



Interview – Count Drachma (October 2015)

Few months ago, when we interviewed the legendary South African music regents Mahotella Queens after their gig at WOMAD, they revealed something to us. “We recently played in London with a band called Count Drachma: three white guys playing Zulu music. They were playing our music and they were white!...


Interview: Chavo (October 2015)

Playing their very own brand of Gypsy, Balkan Funk, Chavo, are back with a bang and a brand new record. Don’t Wake The Dead is out now on Batov Records and we caught up with the band at their recent album launch at Passing Clouds to talk about where they’ve...



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