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Interview: Batch Gueye Band @ Womad 2014

When the time came for Batch Gueye to choose between becoming a singer or a dancer, to carry on with the griot tradition or West African dancing he eventually decided not to choose and proceeded along both paths. Today this indecision is paying off. An accomplished artist he can go...


Interview: Aar Maanta @ Womad 2014

If Aar Maanta’s community in the UK had had their way, the artist who is today considered to be the voice of the new Somali generation should have become a scientist. The fact that instead he is revered as one of the most important musicians of the Horn of Africa...

Interview: Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat @ Womad 2014

Our Interview with the charming Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat sisters, they discus the struggles of female musicians in Iran and how they share this through the poetry of the great Persian poets such as Hafiz and Rumi    

Interview: 숨[su:m] @ Womad 2014

To understand 숨[su:m] you have to understand their music. On the one hand 숨[su:m] is one of the most forward-looking embodiments of traditional South Korean culture. On the other they are a breath of life, gentle and delicate, able to clear and brighten up the inner weather of a mind....

Interview: Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita @ Womad (July 2014)

Centuries ago when the first Mandikas held the first examples of the kora and the Gaelic Welsh bards embraced the harp, they had arguably never heard of each other. Today, to meet two heirs of these traditions playing side by side with such harmony and synergy is one of the...


Review: Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita @ Womad (July 2014)

There are instruments that seem to have been separated at birth. Despite their distant homelands and their different appearances, they speak the same language, and awaken similar feelings. The harp and the kora are one of the best examples of this instrumental kinship, which enables distant cultures to relate without...

Interview: The Good Ones @ Womad (July 2014)

When you meet their dark, deep and imperturbable gazes for the first time, you can’t avoid locking your eyes with them; to stare, wordless, at them. Their expressive eyeballs are able to narrate a story which not even an in-depth one hour interview can disclose. They tell a story that...







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