All posts by Sophie Darling

Preview: Kokoko! @ XOYO (London; Thursday 4th April 2019)

Preview: Kokoko! @ XOYO (London; Thursday 4th April 2019)

Kokoko! are a completely thrilling band, born like a phoenix from the flames in make-shift jams and studios, playing together for the first time at a multi-arts block party in the Ngwaka neighbourhood in Kinshasa, the capital city of the DMC. The result: a fiery fusion of electro sounds, African...
Preview: Terakaft @ Oslo Hackney (London; Wednesday 24th April 2019)

Preview: Terakaft @ Oslo Hackney (London; Wednesday 24th April 2019)

 The blues music of the Sahara Desert in Northern Africa has slowly emerged as a popular music genre globally; bands like Terakaft hold the flagpole for the guitar-led cyclical trance style. Having branched off the original Tinariwen collective, Terakaft have released seven albums of Tuareg rebel rock. The Tuaregs live...
Preview: The Last Poets @ Hootananny (London; Friday 29th March 2019)

Preview: The Last Poets @ Hootananny (London; Friday 29th March 2019)

Brixton is very much a stand-out home of the musical Caribbean diaspora in London, the home of much reggae, dub and ska… and on the 29th, Brixton shall play host to perhaps the most prevalent contemporary African-American poets – The Last Poets. Hootananny, which hosts all things weird and wonderful,...
Podcast: Listen to the Label Vol.2 – Soundway Records (March 2019)

Podcast: Listen to the Label Vol.2 – Soundway Records (March 2019)

Here’s a brand new podcast for your weekend! This time we’ve chosen to focus on who provide us with the precious “raw material” for our listenings and features: quality new music! We are talking about those heroes who decided to launch, nurture and cultivate a record label (better if with an ‘independent’...
Preview: DAM @ Jazz Cafe (London; Saturday 2nd March 2019)

Preview: DAM @ Jazz Cafe (London; Saturday 2nd March 2019)

The Jazz Cafe frequently provides a space for dialogue, community and music. It is also relevant in the popularisation of minority music and thus its rise in appreciation from the larger music industry. Saturday 2nd March promises to be no exception, together with Arabic culture promoters Marsm, they will shine their lights...
Podcast: Listen to the Label Vol.1 – Strut Records (February 2019)

Podcast: Listen to the Label Vol.1 – Strut Records (February 2019)

Here’s a brand new podcast for your weekend! This time we’ve chosen to focus on who provide us with the precious “raw material” for our listenings and features: quality new music! We are talking about those heroes who decided to launch, nurture and cultivate a record label (better if with an ‘independent’...
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