All posts by Marco Canepari

Review: Mulatu Astatke @ Roundhouse (London, 1st February 2016)

Review: Mulatu Astatke @ Roundhouse (London, 1st February 2016)

Since his contribution to the soundtrack of Jim Jarmusch’s 2005 movie Broken Flowers Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke has  become a global “pop-star”. However, this is a recent event in his fifty-year career, and his many fans have always considered him to be something special. His latest performance at the Roundhouse...
Review: Bixiga 70 @ Rich Mix (London, 29th January 2015)

Review: Bixiga 70 @ Rich Mix (London, 29th January 2015)

They said you’d never forget your first time, and even if Bixiga 70’s performance at Rich Mix was your second, third or fourth it would still be a night to remember! Last Friday the Brazilian big-band from São Paulo made its début on a British stage, but its name is hardly...
Preview: Mulatu Astatke @ Roundhouse (London, 1st February 2016)

Preview: Mulatu Astatke @ Roundhouse (London, 1st February 2016)

In one way or another, everything has already been written about the master of Ethio-jazz. So it’s not easy to unearth a never-used-before reason to encourage people to attend one of the London live music highlights of February and enjoy Mulatu Astatke gig at Roundhouse. However, next to the creativity and...
Preview: Vieux Farka Touré UK Tour (19th January – 5th February)

Preview: Vieux Farka Touré UK Tour (19th January – 5th February)

The so-called ‘Hendrix of the Sahara’ and his trusty and distinctive guitar will extensively tour the UK in few weeks time. Vieux Farka Touré, one of the most preeminent and renowned Malian artists, will travel up and down England and Scotland with his trio for 15 gigs in three weeks...
Review: Iness Mezel @ Vortex Jazz Club (London, 10th January 2016)

Review: Iness Mezel @ Vortex Jazz Club (London, 10th January 2016)

Iness Mezel’s talent is characterised by a creative dualism. She is deeply influenced by two traditions  – her native Berber and adopted European- moved by the two musical elements of melody and rhythm, inspired by two distinct artistic styles -folklore and contemporary – and  even the pace of her performances can be...
Interview: Olcay Bayir (December 2015)

Interview: Olcay Bayir (December 2015)

If the Anatolian peninsula had its own bard, it would probably include Olcay Bayir. Of Kurdish origin, the Turkish singer-songwriter epitomises the voices, sounds and stories of her native region. In her music, she gathers together all the influences and references of the Turkish tradition, but also crosses national borders...
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