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Interview: Pascuala Ilabaca & Fauna (November 2014)

“I have never been in London before”, stated Pascuala Ilabaca, but she quickly fell in love with the ‘Big Smoke’. “I really like the taxis – the black cabs. Also the weather is not bad as they say. It rains a lot I know, but it reminds me of Valparaiso...

Interview: Sabbey Drummers International (October 2014)

I’m Upstairs at the Ritzy for the debut performance of Sabbey International and I have with me the two founder members of the band, Afla Sackey (Afrik Bawantu) and Yaw Asumadu (Ozi Ozaa). Rhythm Passport Sabbey International is one hundred percent traditional and one hundred percent acoustic. What is the...




Interview: Nomad Collective (Oct 2014)

We caught up with Nomad Collective during the shoot of their promo video last month to talk to them about their band With a crispy album just released and an oncoming “world” tour on the horizon, Nomad Collective is a name you are going to hear again and again and,...

Interview: Amira Kheir (October 2014)

We met Amira Kheir one week before her performance at the cross-cultural music Festival LIFEM and she brought some musical colour to the grey of a quintessential London Autumn day. Despite everyone insisting on referring to Amira Kheir as a diva she is miles away from that archetype. She is...



Interview: Seddik Zebiri – Interview @ Upstairs at the Ritzy

Seddik Zebiri defines himself as a “music activist”, but even if he doesn’t agree, we reckon that the best way to think about him is as a ‘teacher or ‘mentor’. He’s a seasoned and experienced music “actor” who belongs to the old guard having started playing music in the ‘60s;...

Interview: Septeto Santiaguero @ Womad 2014

The same passion and energy that Fernando Dewar exudes during his performances are also there offstage. He talks enthusiastically about his music and the Septeto Santiaguero in the same way that he performs; he fascinates you with a kaleidoscope of ideas, vivid images and intriguing anecdotes. His approach to music...

Review: Wara @ Elefest (London, 3rd October 2014)

Announced by a heavy downpour of Latin and African rhythms, Central and South American harmonies and lively up-tempo tunes played by the Movimiento Djs, the tropical cyclone Wara blew wildly on the Hotel Elephant stage, storming the debut of the 2014 edition of London’s EleFest with no mercy. Despite that...

Review: Kanda Bongo Man @ The Forge (London, 28-09-2014)

For the final night of the 12th London African Music Festival, we are treated to the high energy sound of the Congo, the Soukous flavours of the legendary Kanda Bongo Man. Performing in the intimate surrounds of London’s Forge, in Camden, Kanda and his band create an electric blend of...




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