London Gig Guide (August 2019)

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Camberwell Fair @ Camberwell Green (31/08)

Another summer is coming to an end, and another Camberwell Fair is ready to salute it in style.

The free-entry, organic and historical event, organised in the last five years by Wormfood and Pexmax, will liven up Camberwell Green on the last day of August, offering you its exciting London-meets-the-world line-up.

From noon to 9pm, get ready to be busy dancing to the notes of Afro-Latin jazz big band ColectivaDjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson and their Afro-funk joie de vivre, the electro-gnawa of ElectricJalaba, far-out electro-psych band HENGE, dub & reggae collective Samson Sounds, and many, many more musicians, bands, DJs, artists, crafts, food and drinks stalls…

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Event Review: Kanda Bongo Man @ Komedia (Brighton; Saturday 12th October 2019)

Within seconds of entering the room, the sense of anticipation was palpable. One felt sure that some exciting Congolese rhythms were certain to banish any rainy-day blues. The band made their way on to the stage, nonchalantly picked up their instruments and began to play their opening number, sung by…

Artists: Kanda Bongo Man , Kasai Masai , Nickens Nkosi

Event Review: Boiler Room Festival @ Peckham [London; Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th October 2019]

Filming performances to be broadcast to viewers at home who can still feel somewhat part of the party is not novel. Boiler Room, the flagship online platform for underground acts to increase their exposure, tapped into a pre-existing appetite amongst the try-before-you-buy internet generation but that doesn’t negate the impact…

Artists: Cykada , D Double E , Greentea Peng , Jammer , Nubya Garcia , Rachael Anson , Reid , Resavoir , Steam Down

Event Review: Womad Festival (Chalton Park, Malmesbury; Thursday 25th July to Sunday 28th Jul 2019)

Womad, the world’s festival, once again sparkled the Wiltshire countryside with an array of international musicians. In what was one of the driest Womads in recent years, highlights came from the headliners to the warm-up acts, creating an inclusive and illuminating festival. The first thing of note was the changes…

Artists: Kokoroko , Les Filles de Illighadad , Macy Gray , Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan , Ta Dhom Project

Event Review: We Out Here Festival (Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire; Thursday 15th to Sunday 18 August 2019)

An inaugural festival is always going to be packed with risk and suspense, and after the downpour that Friday night experienced, a breath was held in anticipation of Saturday’s events. However, it is with sheer delight I report that the proceedings seemingly went ahead seamlessly. Saturday I have to jump…

Artists: Children Of Zeus , Dele Sosimi , Dwight Trible , Etuk Ubong , Gary Bartz , Gilles Peterson , Kokoroko , Lee Fields & The Expressions , Maisha , Rob , Saul Williams , Shabaka Hutchings , Shirley Tetteh , Sons Of Kemet , Steam Down , The Comet Is Coming , Zara Mcfarlane

Playlist: Visions Festival 2019 @ London Fields (London; Saturday 3rd August 2019)

Spread across different venues in London Fields throughout Saturday the 3rd of August, Visions Festival is the perfect day out with an eclectic lineup. This is what caught my attention about the festival, with acts coming from all different genres, from Algerian desert rockers Imarhan to visionary jazz orchestra Steam Down,…

Artists: Anna Meredith , Imarhan , Orville Peck , Rina Mushonga , Squid , Steam Down Orchestra , Talk Show , White Denim , WOOZE

London Gig Guide (April 2019)

  Yelfris Valdes / La Linea 19 @ Rich Mix (Thursday 25/04) We would like to suggest every single show on the La Linea 2019 calendar, but we have only one slot left. So, let’s start with the debut of the festival, which is an appointment you don’t want to…

Artists: Awalé , Brother Culture , Calibro 35 , Gerald Toto , Hailu Mergia , Horseman , K.o.g And The Zongo Brigade , Kokoko! , Koral Society , Krar Collective , Lafawndah , Midori Takada , Oumou Sangare , Prince Fatty , Psychedelia , Que Vola? , Soom T , Steam Down , Terakaft , The Heliocentrics , The West African Blue Project , Yelfris Valdes

Album Review: S H I R A N – S H I R A N [Batov Records; 2nd November 2018]

S H I R A N sings in the language of dreams of freedom. Sharing tales of her family and her community’s journey from Yemen to Israel, she tells stories of desire, determination and hope that never age. Through electronica-inflected Israeli pop, she conjures up dark minimalist landscapes similar to…

Artists: S H I R A N

Review: Bestival @ Lulworth Estate (Dorset; Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August 2018)

Friday The site was nicely spread out, but unlike mega festivals, walking from one side to another did not diminish too much energy or take too long. Unfortunately, the festival’s app didn’t want to show me the 2018 line-up – it instead rubbed in the fact that A Tribe Called…

Artists: Caravana Sun , Craig Charles , David Rodigan , David Rodigan and the Outlook Orchestra , Faithless , First Aid Kit , Gentleman's Dub Club , Grace Jones , Jimmy Cliff , L.A. Salami , M.I.A. , My Baby , Silk City , Songhoy Blues , The Cuban Brothers , Thundercat

Album Review: Various Artists – We Out Here [Brownswood Recordings; February 2018]

Colours rise from dark contours as a London jazz renaissance takes form. Feeling both early and late, We Out Here captures the tones of this evolving shape.  Tenor saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings directs the way, bringing together a collection of his most in-demand friends on the new-jazz scene. Familiar names such…

Artists: Ezra Collective , Joe Armon-Jones , Kokoroko , Moses Boyd , Nubya Garcia , Shabaka Hutchings , Theon Cross , TriForce

Event Review: Jazz:Re:Found Festival (Turin, Italy; 29th November to 3rd December 2017)

Embraced by the Alps Mountains in the North-western area of Italy, Turin is a city marked by its aristocratic past and industrial history. This contrast best represents the city’s multiple facets: richness and poverty, innovation and tradition, history and modernity all living together in one place. This blend and mix…

Artists: Azymuth , Bradley Zero , Casino Royale , Chassol , Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles , Goldie , James Senese , Jameszoo , Lefto , Moses Boys , Motor City Drum Ensemble , Nicky Siano , Peggy Gou , Roni Size , Tama Sumo , Technoir , Thundercat

Visions of Sound – August 2017

We’ve partnered with Groovalizacion Radio to bring you a monthly collection of the best world music-related videos. That’s our way to give value to too often overlooked, rich and diverse artistic expressions. Listen with your eyes! Watch the full playlist:

Artists: A Tribe Called Red , Akala , Alborosie , Amadou & Mariam , Bazza Ranks , Deemas J , Hoodna Orchestra , Ibeyi , Jago , Klik & Frik , Lianne La Havas , Little Dragon , Rashid , Resonators , Sibusile Xaba , Songhoy Blues , The Blaze

Album Review: Songhoy Blues – Résistance (Transgressive Records, 16th June 2017)

Back in 2013, the story of Songhoy Blues made the headlines. After being forced to move to Bamako by a jihadist group that banned music in northern Mali, Garba Touré founded the band “to recreate that lost ambience of the north and make all the refugees relive those northern songs”….

Artists: Songhoy Blues

Review: AfroCubism Revisited @ Islington Assembly Hall (London, 23rd April 2017)

The concept behind the AfroCubism collaboration is to celebrate and unite some of Mali and Cuba’s hottest musicians and to explore their shared spirit of Afro-Cuban soul. In the Sixties, socialist Mali politics had close links to those of the new communist Cuban government, creating strong ties between the two…

Artists: Afrocubism , Bassekou Kouyate , Hammadi Valdés , Piki Bosh , Seckou Keita , Yelfris Valdés

Album Review: Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Transparent Water [World Village/Harmonia Mundi, 24th February 2017]

Transparent Water, a meeting between Cuban jazz pianist Omar Sosa and versatile Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita, is a delightful sounding album that lures the listener into an enchanted sonorous world. Keita has made his mark in recent years as a sensitive collaborator (with Welsh harpist Katrin Finch, for example),…

Artists: Omar Sosa , Seckou Keita

Review: Songhoy Blues & Témé Tan @ Omeara (London, 23rd March 2017)

If your music is strong enough to overcome religious fundamentalism and exile, how can a narrow-minded visa denial possibly harm it? That’s why Songhoy Blues, without their original bass player (who was stuck in Bamako because of an issue with his documents) performed a show to remember at Omeara. Introduced expertly,…

Artists: Songhoy Blues , Témé Tan

Interview: Seckou Keita (February 2017)

On the eve of the release of his latest album Transparent Water, Senégalese kora player, percussionist and singer Seckou Keita was packing to fly to Paris for some radio sessions and shows in France – when he managed to find a moment to talk to Rhythm Passport about the latest of his many…

Artists: Seckou Keita

Review: AKA Trio @ Union Chapel (London, 23rd September 2016)

Housed beneath stained glass by sunset-red rays and drifting smoke, AKA Trio spent an unforgettable night with their Islington audience for Joyful Noise’s  London African Music Festival. Taking to the stage in one of the city’s most celestial venues, Union Chapel, they performed a range of music inspired by their African…

Artists: Adriano Adewale , AKA Trio , Antionio Forcione , Seckou Keita

Review: Songhoy Blues presents ‘Music in Exile’ @ Roundhouse (London, 21st May 2016)

Although the story behind how Aliou Touré, Garba Touré, Oumar Touré and Nathaneal Dembélé became Songhoy Blues is not all roses — they were forced to fled to the capital Bamako after northern Mali was occupied by jihadists — their music is everything but sorrowful. A sold-out Roundhouse could not…

Artists: Fatoumata Diawara , Songhoy Blues



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