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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...




Review: Crosswires Festival @ Amersham Arms (London, 3rd October 2015)

South-East London rejoice, because you finally have your local but broad-minded, radical but ethical, experimental but traditional Festival! The second edition of Crosswires Festival exposed indeed the exciting underground music scene orbiting around New Cross, Deptford and Lewisham councils. Throughout a day, from 1pm to 1am, the Amersham Arms’ stage hosted...

Interview: Bixiga 70 (September 2015)

Bixiga is a neighbourhood in the centre of São Paulo, but the name has come to mean far more than that. It is a way of life. It gathers together many faces of Brazilian identity having experienced waves of migration coming ashore in the city’s harbour for two centuries. Today,...

Preview: London Tribes Launch Party @ The Forge (London, 17th October 2015)

Are you ready to experience some of London’s hottest international musicians at the London Tribes launch later this month? Playing at The Forge, Camden’s eco-conscious venue, will be a hand-picked selection of musicians – exploring melodies from all over the world – from Bengali to Cuban to Australian, and everywhere...



Preview: MANANA Festival @ Santiago de Cuba (Cuba, 4-6 May 2016)

The new Cuban dawn is also lighting up and enlivening the country’s outstanding music scene. An example of this trend is a new festival which will inspirit Santiago de Cuba’s days (and nights) throughout the first weekend of May. From next spring, Manana Festival will indeed bring together two of...

Interview: Alhousseini Anivolla & Maarja Nuut @ WOMAD (July 2015)

Cross-cultural collaborations are a big thing at WOMAD, and 2015 was no exception. Today we talked to a most unusual pairing of desert blues fused with the folk traditions of the chilly Baltic. Etran Finatawa guitarist, percussionist and vocalist Alhousseini Anivolla from Niger teamed up with fiddler and singer Maarja...





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