All posts by Almira

Preview: Toko Telo UK Tour (UK-wide; 17th to 29th April 2018)

Preview: Toko Telo UK Tour (UK-wide; 17th to 29th April 2018)

It is an injustice how Madagascar is rarely given the attention that its diverse and spellbindingly soulful music so often deserves. So, when attention is given, one must absolutely seize the opportunity to be immersed in the beautiful musical wizardry of the world’s fourth-largest island. Our much smaller island is...
Interview: Bollywood Brass Band with Jyotsna Srikanth (November 2016)

Interview: Bollywood Brass Band with Jyotsna Srikanth (November 2016)

Earlier in September, the UK’s electrifying Bollywood Brass Band released their latest album, Carnatic Connections, which is an exciting collaboration with violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, that ventures away from Northern Bollywood and downwards into South Indian film music. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke on the phone with the band’s...
Preview: Moddi –  Forbidden Songs @ Hoxton Hall (London, 7th December 2016)

Preview: Moddi – Forbidden Songs @ Hoxton Hall (London, 7th December 2016)

After hearing of Richard Burgess’ song on the controversial Eli Geva, and singer Birgitte Grimstad who was pressurised not to perform it, Norwegian musician Moddi was completely gripped. The singer-songwriter was drawn to the “slippery” nature of music censorship – expressing in an interview with London’s Radio Monocle how “you...
Album Review: Hackney Colliery Band – Sharpener [Veki UK, 22nd July 2016]
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Album Review: Hackney Colliery Band – Sharpener [Veki UK, 22nd July 2016]

Building on a quintessentially British tradition of colliery brass bands, the 8-year old Hackney Colliery Band has ingeniously transformed what used to be a coal-mining community music tradition into a dynamic and dance-inducing response to today’s cosmopolitan London. The nine-piece brass and marching percussion band from East London, fronted by trumpeter...
Preview: Alchemy Festival @ Southbank Centre (London, 20th – 30th May 2016)

Preview: Alchemy Festival @ Southbank Centre (London, 20th – 30th May 2016)

The exuberant ten-day Alchemy Festival returns to Southbank for its seventh year! Celebrating the historical and cultural ties between the UK and India, it offers an impressive array of activities, from both classical and contemporary performances, workshops, exhibitions and its mouth-watering food market. Its music programme features artists from the...
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