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Preview: Vieux Farka Touré UK Tour (19th January – 5th February)

The so-called ‘Hendrix of the Sahara’ and his trusty and distinctive guitar will extensively tour the UK in few weeks time. Vieux Farka Touré, one of the most preeminent and renowned Malian artists, will travel up and down England and Scotland with his trio for 15 gigs in three weeks...


Interview: The Wailers (November 2015)

Most would agree that stepping into the shoes of one of history’s most celebrated musicians would be just a little intimidating. So it’s difficult to feel anything but respect for Dwayne ‘Danglin’ Anglin of Jamaica, who stepped into the shoes of Bob Marley and joined The Wailers in 2010. Even...

Review: Iness Mezel @ Vortex Jazz Club (London, 10th January 2016)

Iness Mezel’s talent is characterised by a creative dualism. She is deeply influenced by two traditions  – her native Berber and adopted European- moved by the two musical elements of melody and rhythm, inspired by two distinct artistic styles -folklore and contemporary – and  even the pace of her performances can be...

Preview: Baaba Maal UK Tour (19th – 23rd January 2015)

Senegalese superstar, Baaba Maal, is promoting the release of his 11th studio album, The Traveller, with a 2016 European tour. Spiritually and musically educated in both Paris and Senegal, Maal’s sound has developed into a truly original and balanced articulation of Western pop and African folk traditions. Recorded in London...

Preview: Iness Mezel @ Vortex (London, 10th January 2016)

Recently collaborating with producer John Reynolds of Björk and Sinéad O’Connor fame, Iness Mezel stars this Sunday at Vortex London in what is sure to be a unique experience. Brought up in Algeria and France, with a French-Italian mother and an Algerian father, Mezel’s work reflects her childhood experiences. With...





Interview: Olcay Bayir (December 2015)

If the Anatolian peninsula had its own bard, it would probably include Olcay Bayir. Of Kurdish origin, the Turkish singer-songwriter epitomises the voices, sounds and stories of her native region. In her music, she gathers together all the influences and references of the Turkish tradition, but also crosses national borders...

Preview: New Year’s Eve Events (London, 31st December 2015)

It’s that time of the year again! When people start asking you… “What are you going to do on New Year’s Eve?” “Where are you going on New Year’s?” “We should start to organise something for the New Year’s Eve, don’t you think?” But don’t worry, Rhythm Passport is here...

Interview: Owiny Sigoma Band (November 2015)

Now on their third Brownswood LP, Nyanza, Owiny Sigoma Band are rightfully garnering critical acclaim. This super-group’s insistence on pushing the envelope is infectious. They’re part of a wider scene of DJs and bands who fuse tropical, electronic flavours with, dubby-techno and cerebral pop. The project began in earnest when...

Review: The Wailers @ IndigO2 (London, 28th November 2015)

A legacy immortalised by Bob Marley. A future defined by the timeless nature of reggae music. The Wailers’ performance of their iconic album Legend at the Indigo O2 cemented their position as one of history’s musical gems. For many bands that have played with such iconic frontmen and women, it...

Review: Namlo @ Sands Films (London, 2nd December 2015)

It is well known that music has the ability to let people escape from their reality and travel the world without barely moving from their sofa. But, what happened on stage in the intimate and velvety setting of Sands Films in Rotherithe, surprised even the more passionate music lovers. In little more...

Preview: Caravan Palace @ 02 Forum (London, 15th December 2015)

Appreciated for both their musical virtuosity and indisputable ability to deliver a ballistic good time, Caravan Palace finish the Blighty stretch of their current European tour at the 02 Forum on Tuesday 15th. Forming in 2005, the band’s eponymous debut album in 2008 set the tone for their fantastically enjoyable...




Preview: Nomad Collective @ Barfly (London, 5th December 2015

Pardon the poor aesthetic sense of the comparison, but Nomad Collective’s performances are like eels: they quickly and smoothly curl themselves around you, and after a while they give you a fateful musical shock which makes you unable to walk away. And what’s “worst” is that there’s nothing you can...

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