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Album Review: Sk Kakraba – Songs of Paapieye [Awesome Tapes from Africa, 2nd October 2015]
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Album Review: Sk Kakraba – Songs of Paapieye [Awesome Tapes from Africa, 2nd October 2015]

Instantly, a mysterious and fascinating percussive sound appears, full of intricate rhythms, low and dense drones, overlapping melodies and bass patterns, all of which signal originality, improvisation, tradition, virtuosity, coherence and expressivity.  These are the immediate components that can be heard from Sk Kakraba through his masterful performance of the Gyil xylophone. Gyil performer, builder,...

Album Review: BélO – Dizan [BelO Music, 15th April 2016]
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Album Review: BélO – Dizan [BelO Music, 15th April 2016]

In 1986, when Haitians overthrew dictator Jean Claude Duvalier and the culturally conservative authoritarian regime that he had put into place, the end of the dictatorship brought with it a freer aesthetic in Haitian music – an aesthetic that is often left unrecorded because the country’s economy does not support...

Interview: Namvula @ Sands Films (London, 6th April 2016)

On April 6th, I ventured out to Rotherhithe in the South-Eastern corner of London to meet Namvula, a half-Zambian, half-Scottish musician whose 2014 debut album Shiwezwa received a wave of enthusiastic praise from the press. We meet as she waits to play an intimate set at a gig organised by...







Interview – Aziza Brahim (April 2016)

Aziza Brahim’s new album Abbar el Hamada (out now on Glitterbeat) blew us away on first listening with its haunting tales of a life spent in refugee camps. It was therefore a great pleasure to get the chance to interview this important singer. Exiled as she is from the country of...

Review: Night @ Sage Gateshead Hall 2 (Gateshead, Saturday 9th April 2016)

Describing themselves as a ‘new-school folk band’ Night have sought out traditional instrumentation and stories of day to day life from throughout their native Nepal, blending these influences together to create a body of material aimed at raising the profile of traditional culture and contemporary socio-political matters. In their song...


Interview – Cairokee & Zap Tharwat (March 2016)

If the names Cairokee and Zap Tharwat don’t ring any bells it’s probably because you’re a) not Egyptian b) don’t have Egyptians friends c) are not interested in Egyptian music or d) are not up-to-date with the North African country’s current events. Those artists personify and the last five years...


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

The Kondi Band is the result of the coming together of Sierra Leonian blind kondi (thumb piano) player and singer Sorie Kondi and Rio-based electronic producer Chief Boima, himself part Sierra Leonian. When Chief Boima stumbled upon Sorie’s ‘Without Money No Family’ video, he made a remix of it, which...





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