London Gig Guide (January 2020)

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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.

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Events By These Artists

Date Event name Artist City/Town Venue
24 Jan ALTAR_NATIVE presents SOOTHSAYERS + LAURA JURD & DOMINIC MURCOTT Dominic Murcott , Laura Jurd , Soothsayers London St Peter's Church
24 Jan In the Round: Jorge Drexler Jorge Drexler London Roundhouse
28 Jan In the Round: Kokoroko Kokoroko London Roundhouse
29 Jan Les Amazones d’Afrique Les Amazones d’Afrique London The Jazz Cafe
30 Jan In the Round: Fatoumata Diawara Fatoumata Diawara London Roundhouse
31 Jan London Remixed Festival 2020 Gnawa Blues All Stars , Kongo Dia Ntotila , The Busy Twist London Rich Mix

Content Related To These Artists

Preview: Band of Burns @ Union Chapel (London; Thursday 23rd January 2020)

For those that cannae wait for Burns night and want to get their feet tapping to powerful and fast-paced folk, this is the warmup you have been looking for, in one of North London’s most beautiful venues. What better way to warm up for Burns Night than with the masters…

Artists: Band Of Burns

Preview: In the Round – Jorge Drexler @ Roundhouse (London; Friday 24th January 2020)

Singer/songwriters like Jorge Drexler aren’t born every day. The Uruguayan artist is indeed a model for the category, being a classy and refined chiseller of words and notes. His shows are music wonder of wonders, in which the musician (next to actor and otolaryngologist) look back at his extensive and…

Artists: Jorge Drexler

Preview: Soothsayers + Laura Jurd & Dominic Murcott @ St Peter’s C of E Church, Walworth (London; Friday 24th January 2020)

It’s no secret we’re big fans of Soothsayers here at Rhythm Passport, with their infectiously groovy combination of afrobeat, funk, reggae and dub – the idea of hearing their lively performance in a grade one listed building, and in the excellent reverb chamber that is a church built in 1825…

Artists: Dominic Murcott , Laura Jurd , Soothsayers

Preview: In the Round: Kokoroko @ Roundhouse (London; Tuesday 28th January 2020)

KOKOROKO had been one of the sensations of the year just ended. Throughout 2019, the London-based big band has simply amazed its audience with a jam-packed agenda of gigs and their self-titled debut EP featuring their characteristic smooth vibes, rhythmic richness and far-reaching inspiration fusing afrobeat with jazz and funk with soul. So,…

Artists: Kokoroko

Preview: Les Amazones d’Afrique @ The Jazz Cafe (London; Wednesday 29th January 2020)

Les Amazones d’Afrique was created by absolute powerhouses of African music: Omou Sangaré, Mariam Doumbia (of Amadou & Mariam), and Mamani Keïta (known for backing singing with Salif Keita, and many solo albums). The female trio combined their influence and dynamic skills to become patrons to the idea of speaking…

Artists: Les Amazones d’Afrique

Preview: In the Round – Fatoumata Diawara @ Roundhouse (London; Thursday 30th January 2020)

Brought to us by Malian superstar, Omou Sangare, Fatoumata Diawara has since surpassed her mentor to become the most important vocalist to come out of Africa since the likes of Stella Chiweshe and Brenda Fassie. I would never miss a chance to see this modern legend, with each show getting…

Artists: Fatoumata Diawara

Preview:  London Remixed Festival @ Rich Mix (London; Friday 31th January to Saturday 1st February 2020)

Described as a live music culture clash, last years Remixed Festival provided exactly that: a one-stop for the party music that merges and mashes cultures and styles. This year, the inside festival vibes from London Remixed Festival are pushing strong, welcoming back collaborations with legendary local promoters: Continental Drift, Global…

Artists: Gnawa Blues All Stars , Kongo Dia Ntotila , The Busy Twist

London Gig Guide (December 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…

Artists: ∵n∀v∩∴ , Afriqoui , Arteria Fm , Diabel Cissokho , Dub Pistols , Freek , Kasai Masai , Kongo Dia Ntotila , Mamadou Diabate , Mozão , Mulatu Astatke , Natty Campbell , Neue Grafik Ensemble , Parov Stelar , Skylla , Sourakata Koite , Yama Warashi , Young Paris

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

London Gig Guide (August 2019)

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

To bring the Tropics to Cornwall is as complicated as it sounds, but it’s also extremely gratifying. That’s why Tropical Pressure Festival has become a music lover’s dream (whether they are project workers, volunteers, musicians or festival-goers), and that’s how, every July since 2014, the idyllic Mount Pleasant Eco Park…

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

Daily Discovery: 360° // Official Music Video // Kongo Dia Ntotila

“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…

Artists: Kongo Dia Ntotila

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

Still cerebrating how to celebrate the last night of 2018 and the first morning of 2019? We are here to help with a selection of some of the best NYE parties happening in London and the rest of UK. Whether you’re willing to spend the 31st December dancing, revelling in…

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Event Review: Soothsayers @ Ghost Notes (London; Thursday 4th October 2018)

The art-splattered walls of an old Peckham car park makes for a fantastically immersive and creative space, that holds all manner of independent businesses and creative hives. On the fifth floor sits Ghost Notes, a trendy music/events venue with a wonderful spectacle view of the tube occasionally whizzing past behind…

Artists: Soothsayers , Youthsayers

Album Review: Soothsayers – Tradition [Wah Wah 45s; June 2018]

Tradition was released on the Wah Wah 45s label in June 2018 by South London based Soothsayers, traditionally renowned for their modernised 1960s afrobeat and contemporary jazz fusion mashups, coupled with big band brass sections and cutting-edge vocal harmonies. Ironically though, Tradition is far from traditional. Idris Rahman’s lyrical themes…

Artists: Soothsayers

Gallery: Walthamstow Garden Party @ Lloyd Park (London, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July 2018)

It was another triumphant weekend at Walthamstow Garden Party. Sunbathing in glorious weather and indulging in radiant notes played by brilliant musicians, we enjoyed every minute of it. From its debut, basking in Saturday’s early afternoon heat with London African Gospel Choir and their rendition of Paul Simon’s Graceland, until Sunday…

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Since the birth of Rhythm Passport, Soothsayers have been a constant for us and our speakers, as much as they’ve been a constant of the London music scene of the last two decades. We have enjoyed, spread the word about and covered their gigs; reveled in and reviewed their releases;…

Artists: Soothsayers

Playlist: Tropical Pressure Festival 2018 @ Mount Pleasant Ecological Park (Porthtowan; Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July 2018)

The most tropical weekend of the year is upon us! So, if you haven’t already, pack your tent, sunscreen and fun appetite, and head for Mount Pleasant Ecological Park. From Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July, Tropical Pressure festival will drop its cargo of Latin, Caribbean, West, East and Central African…

Artists: Afriquoi , Johnny Clarke , Lakuta , Let Drum Beat , Orchestre Les Mangelepa , Soothsayers , Sounspecies , Toto La Momposina , Zara Mcfarlane

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From the first Jamaican rude-boy sound systems of Duke Reid and Prince Buster to Trojan Records of London 1968, ska, rocksteady, reggae and dub sound system culture has thrived in Britain’s black culture and has defined generations and popular trends. A sunny May Bank Holiday saw hundreds take to Peckham Rye…

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