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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...




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    

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