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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...






Preview: DakhaBrakha @ Village Underground (London, 1st October 2015)

Ukraine has never been so punk and we are not talking about music, but attitude… DakhaBrakha, one of the most exciting and radical representations of the contemporary Eastern European music scene, will visit London tomorrow and shake up Village Underground turning upside down many of your certainties about the art....



Interview: Kapela Maliszów @ WOMAD (July 2015)

It’s raining, but we don’t care! The first full day of WOMAD got into full swing this Friday with the wide range of global music we’ve come to expect. The BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage played host to probably the youngest band member this year along with her family band...

Review: Black Flower @ Rich Mix (London, 12th September 2015)

In support of their debut album, Abyssinia Afterlife, Black Flower ambled on to the stage at a sparsely populated Rich Mix last Saturday and proceeded to transport us to a magical land. As the title of this record suggests, it is an imagined journey through a dream-like garden of the...


Preview: Mose ‘Fan Fan’ @ The Forge (London, 23 September 2015)

Back in the early 1980s, he was arguably the first musician to introduce the British audience to Congolese music. After having displayed his talent all around Africa, he moved from Kinshasa to London and quickly became a sincere music ambassador of his country. Today, thirty years after his move and...



Interview: Ezza @ WOMAD (July 2015)

Saharan blues never sounded so rocky! This Toulouse-based group plays with spirit and energy, and for a trio their sound is big. Just after their fiery WOMAD show on The Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage early on Saturday evening we talked to front man Omar Adam Goumour, bass player Menad Moussaoui...

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