London Gig Guide (December 2019)

London Gig Guide Cover – Dec 2019

At times, we are the first to lose track of how many exciting music events happen in London each month, so we have decided to offer you some sort of “public musical service”, meant for all the locals and passers-by, with the aim of suggesting where to listen to some good music in the British capital.

Get your agenda ready, click on the artworks & check out our live music picks!

YAMA WARASHI, ∵n∀v∩∴ & SKYLLA @ CAFE OTO (03/12)

KONGO DIA NTOTILA @ PIZZA EXPRESS LIVE (04/11)

MAMADOU DIABATÉ… @ THE JAZZ CAFE (04/12)

PAROV STELAR @ O2 BRIXTON ACADEMY (04/12)

THE COMET IS COMING @ O2 SHEPERDS BUSH (05/12)

FOCUS AFRICA 9TH ANNIVERSARY @ RICH MIX (06/12)

MAKKAM w/ ARTERIA FM & MOZÃO @ THE JAGO (07/12)

 

DUB PISTOLS w/ NATTY CAMPBELL @ THE JAZZ CAFE (13/12)

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF MONO @ BARBICAN CENTRE (14/12)

MULATU ASTATKE @ THE JAZZ CAFE (17/12 & 18/12)

NEUE GRAFIK ENSEMBLE @ ROYAL ALBERT HALL (19/12)

FREEK @ RICH MIX (21/12)

 

Events By These Artists

Date Event name Artist City/Town Venue
17 Dec RONNIE SCOTT’S PRESENT: MULATU ASTATKE Mulatu Astatke London The Jazz Cafe
19 Dec Late Night Jazz – Neue Grafik Ensemble Neue Grafik Ensemble London The Royal Albert Hall
21 Dec FREEK – LIVE IN LONDON Freek London Rich Mix
28 Feb Southend Roots Weekender 2020 Diabel Cissokho Southend Park Inn Palace

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Preview: Neue Grafik Ensemble @ Royal Albert Hall (London; Thursday 19th December 2019)

Neue Grafik Ensemble is a true reflection of the connections made at East London’s now legendary Total Refreshment Centre. The urban improvised music warehouse no longer runs in the Foulden Road location, but many collaborations were dreamt up during late-night jams in the studios upstairs. This band is one such…

Artists: Neue Grafik Ensemble

Preview: FREEK – London Premiere @ Rich Mix (London; Saturday 21st December 2019)

We always look for musicians who are able to move the musical focal point to new scenes and regions. That’s what FREEK is doing. The Somali-born United Arab Emirates-based MC is currently spotting a light on the rising GCC and Middle Eastern trap and drill scenes. On 21st December, he…

Artists: Freek

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…

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Event Review: Tropical Pressure 2019 @ Mount Pleasant Eco Park (Porthtowan; Friday 12th July to Sunday 14 July 2019)

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“360° is the title track and lead single from the new album by London based, Kongo-Jazz band, Kongo Dia Ntotila (Pussyfoot Records). ‘360°’ is a purely instrumental track that grooves a grungy, funked up sound of African London. Inspired by the burgeoning new jazz scene emerging from the U.K. capital, it’s a clear incarnation of…

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Event Review: Kongo Dia Ntotila @ Rich Mix (London; 24th May 2018)

From the first jazz-solo drum rhythms of David Lessie that opened the show, to the cyclical afro-lead from John Kelly’s guitar, every beat of each song resonated throughout the grooving crowd, and certainly through band leader Mulele Matondo, who I’m sure jived to every single note of the show, constantly…

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News: Dub Pistols Celebrate 20 Years with a New Album and UK Tour

We couldn’t miss the opportunity to toast the 20th anniversary of Dub Pistols, one of the most thrilling bands born-and-bred in the UK in the last decades.  To celebrate in style, we have the pleasure to premiere the remix of “Crazy Diamond”, their new album’s title track, which will be released on…

Artists: Dub Pistols

Album Review: Diabel Cissokho -Tambacounda Express [Kafou Music, 1st July 2016]

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Preview: The Best from Africa ft. Kasai Masai & Alim Kamara @ Rich Mix (London, 27th February 2016)

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Artists: Alim Kamara , Kasai Masai



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