London Gig Guide (September 2019)

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Criolo @ Islington Assembly Hall (10/09)

We couldn’t wait to welcome Criolo back to London (after his 2016 performance), and it goes without saying that his upcoming Islington Assembly Hall gig on 10th September is one of our live music highlights of the month. Join us, and you can be sure you’ll let yourself loose to some smooth Afro-Brazilian rhythms and be “hit” by sharp and outspoken lyrics.

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Events By These Artists

Date Event name Artist City/Town Venue
21 Sep Shabaka Hutchings’ One Fest Shabaka Hutchings London EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)
22 Sep Valia Calda @ Hootananny Valia Calda London Hootananny Brixton
25 Sep Sarathy Korwar – More Arriving + Ms Mohammed & Ahadadream (DJ) Sarathy Korwar Hackney MOTH CLUB
25 Sep BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH @ The 17th London African Music Festival Benjamin Zephaniah London EartH (Hackney Arts Centre)
26 Sep Anthony Joseph – Live at Jazz re:freshed Anthony Joseph London Mau Mau
27 Sep Orchestra Baobab + Heliocentrics + Shingai Orchestra Baobab , Shingai London Roundhouse
28 Sep KEL ASSOUF (Niger) @ The 17th London African Music Festival Kel Assouf London Jazzlive at The Crypt

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Preview: Orchestra Baobab + The Heliocentrics + Shingai @ Roundhouse (London; Friday 27th September 2019)

If you were to introduce someone to the highlights of African music, your best bet would be to begin with Orchestra Baobab. Fusing African and Cuban jazz with strong elements of Congolese rhumba, Orchestra Baobab quickly rose to fame in the 70s and continued the spell-binding grip on their fans,…

Artists: Orchestra Baobab , Shingai , The Heliocentrics

Preview: Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds @ EartH (London; Wednesday 25th September 2019)

Catch Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds playing Hackney venue EartH on Wednesday 25th September as part of the seventeenth London African Music Festival! Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah is best known as a “dub poet”, but he’s worked across lots of genres, from poetry to music and from novels…

Artists: Afrocentrics , Benjamin Zephaniah , Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds

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

Preview: Shabaka Hutchings’ OneFest @ Leadmill & EartH (Sheffield & London; Saturday 14th and Saturday 21st September 2019)

If the London jazz scene has a face, that’s the one of Shabaka Hutchings. The saxophonist, clarinettist and bandleader has indeed surged as one of the most popular interpreters of the movement, playing solo or collaborating and enriching the work of many of its actors, and becoming its ambassador around…

Artists: Byron Wallen , Herbert , Maisha , Nat Birchall , Okamu , Shabaka Hutchings , Skinner

Preview: Sarathy Korwar – More Arriving + Ms Mohammed & Ahadadream (DJ) @ MOTH CLUB (London; Wednesday 25th September 2019)

Undoubtedly one of the hottest names in the UK music scene, Sarathy Korwar has recently released one of the most intriguing albums of the year. More Arriving is only the second studio album of the US-born Indian musician (who’s today based in London), but already a mature and factual musical…

Artists: Ahadadream , Ms Mohammed , Sarathy Korwar

Preview: Anthony Joseph @ Mau Mau Bar (London; Thursday 26th September 2019)

Spoken word and popping beats that are held strong by the backbone of cultural heritage. Anthony Joseph is a Trinidadian poet and musician who taps into his roots to create music that blends Afro-Caribbean, free jazz and funk. Joseph will be performing at Notting Hill’s cosy Mau Mau bar to…

Artists: Anthony Joseph

Preview: Kel Assouf @ Jazzlive at The Crypt (London; Saturday 28th September 2019)

Londoners don’t usually have the pleasure of being blown away by some intense and stormy Saharan rock, but when they do, it’s often thanks to Kel Assouf, one of the most active names spreading the Tuareg music all over the world. The trio, led by Nigerian Aboubacar “Anana” Harouna, has…

Artists: Kel Assouf

Preview: Valia Calda @ Hootananny (London, Sunday 22nd September 2019)  

Let’s hold tight to summer for one more night… On the eve of autumn, we will give you the chance to travel to Greece on the vivid notes played by Valia Calda. The London-based quintet represents an imaginative take on Greek and Mediterranean folk, which the musicians enrich and, to…

Artists: Valia Calda

Album Review: Altin Gün – Gece [Glitterbeat Records; April 2019]

On their second album, Altin Gün bring more of their Eastern promise to the fore with a diverse selection of ten tracks, veering from psychedelic rock to electronica, but keeping true to the Turkish folk music which brought together this eclectic, Dutch-based six piece in the first place. It is…

Artists: Altın Gün

London Gig Guide (May 2019)

Shika Shika London Showcase w/ History of Colour, Joaquin Cornejo, Yeahman @ Redon (FRIDAY 03/05)  It’s always admirable (and sadly too rare) when two music-scene players genuinely pay homage to each other and collaborate; even better if those joint efforts result in intoxicating parties like what will go on scene…

Artists: Altın Gün , Baildsa , Balothizer , Coops , Dabda , Danalogue , Dengue Dengue Dengue , Eva Lazarus , Fliptrix , George , History Of Colour , Kevin Haynes , La Dame Blanche , Lankum , Liniker E Os Caramelows , Mungo’s Hi-Fi , Namlo , Omar Sosa , Omar Souleyman , Onoe Caponoe , Pitch 92 , Pouya Ehsaei , Sarah Tandy , Sarathy Kowar , Tantz , The Budos Band , The Great Malarkey , Wara , Yelfris Valdés , Yeseo , Yilian Cañizares

London Gig Guide (April 2019)

  Kokoko! @ XOYO (Thursday 04/04) At times, musicianship is not just about your talent in writing or performing music, but also in your ability to adapt and make the most of what you have around. That’s Kokoko! credo. The Congolese collective is indeed creativity in its most organic form,…

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: 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

Mixes: Groovalizacion Radio Best Albums 2017

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Artists: Bargou 08 , Blay Ambolley , Dem Juju Poets , Doña Onete , Eddie Palmieri , Groovalizacion Radio , ÌFÉ , La Mambanegra , Lagartijeando , Magin Diaz , Msafiri Zawose , Nidia Gongora , Oghene Kologbo , Orchestra Baobab , Orchestre Mangelepa , Oumou Sangaré , Quantic , Rio Mira , Sibusile Xaba , Son Palenque , They Must Be Crazy , TootArd

Event Review: Love Supreme Festival (Glynde Place, 30th June to 2nd July 2017)

The concept of an outdoor jazz festival hardly conjures images of glitter-filled Glastonbury excitement, a young hip crowd and dance-fuelled elation. However, previously exclusive jazz appears to be undergoing a fashion revolution and the grounds of Glynde Place hinted at this. Love Supreme, the UK’s only three-day greenfield jazz festival…

Artists: Camilla George Quartet , George Benson , Herbie Hancock , Hot 8 Brass Band , Kansas Smitty’s House Band , La Mambanegra , Lauran Mvula , Miles Mosely , Nubiyan Twist , Shabaka and the Ancestors , Shabaka Hutchings , Sons Of Kemet , The Comet Is Coming , The Jacksons , The West Coast Getdown , TriForce

Event Review: Womad 2017 (Malmesbury, 30th July 2017)

This year, we only got a glimpse of the music bonanza offered by the Womad UK weekend. Our stay in Malmesbury consisted of a hit-and-run or a ‘toccata-and-fugue’, in-keeping with the musical topic, and saw us pay a visit to Charlton Park on the last day of the event. Still,…

Artists: Ariwo , Benjamin Zephaniah , Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds , Chico Trujillo , King Ayisoba , Msafiri Zawose , Noureddine Khourchid , Noureddine Khourchid & the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus

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Sons of Kemet are no longer a fresh faced new group on the London music scene. After five years and two successful albums, their name has spread far-and-wide becoming a sought after act. Their music is more eclectic and harder to define than ever, but that doesn’t prevent it is enthralling. In…

Artists: Shabaka Hutchings , Sons Of Kemet

Interview: Kel Assouf @ WOMAD Charlton Park (July 2016)

We’re backstage at WOMAD 2016 drinking mint tea with Kel Assouf, a group of musicians who describe themselves as playing ‘Stoner Rock’ from the desert. But this is not the Californian desert of Palm Desert Rock acts like Queens of the Stone Age- we’re talking about the Sahara desert. The…

Artists: Kel Assouf

Review: Criolo + Baloji @ Koko (London, 24th April 2016)

It was billed as one of the highlights of 2016’s La Linea Festival, but Criolo and Baloji gig at Koko went above and beyond all expectations. The event was the unequivocal proof that hip-hop has a thousand faces, and the remarkable ability to adapt and absorb different cultures to spread…

Artists: Baloji , Criolo



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