London Gig Guide (February 2020)

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Imagining Ireland @ Barbican (21/02)

The Barbican has come to light with another amazing cultural offering, in the form of Imagining Ireland. On the 21st of February, the evening will be dedicated to the rise in women’s voices within Irish artistic culture. There will be a wide mixture of Irish literature, poetry, music and a plethora of acts that explore what it means to be Irish.

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This week, Radio Mukambo takes you from Germany to Africa with Zik Zak, cd of the week by the German production duo Ancient Astronauts featuring upcoming vocalists and rappers from across Africa and the diaspora. We listen to plenty of new releases & remixes from Brazil, London, Afro-Colombia, Angola, Brussels &…

Artists: Ancient Astronauts , Azmari , Batida , ChampetaMan , Chouk Bwa and The Ångströmers , Dele Sosimi , DJ KL Jay , Eparapo , Faraon Bantu , Kind and Kinky Zoo , Lakou Mizik , Plu con Pla , Sumohair , The Fontanas , The New Mastersounds , The Soul Rebels

Preview: Global Afrobeat e-Fest (Saturday 23rd May 2020)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, afrobeat’s rise in global popularity in the past decade has unavoidable. But the genre, with a rich history based on instrumental figures such as Fela Kuti, Tony Allen and Oghene Kologbo dating back to the late 60s, is more than a commercial fad….

Artists: Carapaus Afrobeat , Chief Commander Yabaa , Dele Sosimi , Dj Eric Soul , Duke Amayo , Firmann , Juanita Euka , Kologbo , Macarena Rozic , Monica Avila , Pedro Rajão , Rumshot , Thaïs Diarra

Preview: Fruit Palace – Dele Sosimi x Medlar (live) / Nebula Sun & More @ Hootananny (London; Friday 21st Fbruary 2020)

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Preview: Imagining Ireland @ Barbican (London; Friday 21st February 2020)

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Preview: Flavia Coelho @ The Jazz Cafe (London; Thursday 20th February 2020)

Electrify your week with Flavia Coelho! On the 20th of February, the Jazz Cafe will shake up your night with a show by the sparkling Brazilian singer. The carioca-born, but Paris-based artist has just released her new album DNA and will introduce it to her London fans with her usual…

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Preview: Sam Lee @ EartH (London; Monday 17th February 2020)

In the last few years, Sam Lee has not only charmed us with his music, but also with inspiring projects and event formats. Thanks to the support of the Nest Collective‘s extended family, he went far and beyond the music boundaries, and associated his shows with community experiences and environmental…

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Album Review: Kefaya + Elaha Soroor – Songs of Our Mothers [Bella Union; September 2019]

This rare treat transitions between Middle Eastern jazz and folk, blending modern dub sounds with traditional sounds from tablas, dolaks and damburas. Each song being led by the powerful vocals of Elaha Soroor, the album is a journey through Afghanistan and beyond. Kefaya got much praise after their first album,…

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London Gig Guide (November 2019)

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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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Artists: Anchorsong , Kongo Dia Ntotila , La-33 , Lindigo , Malphino , Miramundo , Penya , Rumbo Tumba , Samson Sounds , The Bongo Hop , The Scorpios

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London Gig Guide (May 2019)

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Album Review: Lokkhi Terra meets Dele Sosimi – Cubafrobeat [Funkiwala Records; June 2018]

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Preview: NYE 2018 Parties Round-Up (London, Bristol, Brighton & Edinburgh; Monday 31st December 2018)

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