All posts by Tashan Campbell

Playlist: Hailu Mergia

Playlist: Hailu Mergia

Awesome Tapes from Africa’s Brian Shimkovitz has done a brilliant job over the past seven years or so of bringing new life to legendary artists whose genre-shifting music has often been lost in the sea of modern sounds. One of these prolific musicians is Ethiopian Hailu Mergia, the keyboard and accordion...
Preview: Ata Kak @ Jazz Café (London, 19th April 2017)

Preview: Ata Kak @ Jazz Café (London, 19th April 2017)

A great revival in music is always well received, especially when the artist is as joyous to watch as Ata Kak. Disappearing into near obscurity since the release of underground game changer, Obaa Sima in 1994, Ata’s infectious concoction of leftfield rap, lo-tech house beats and hiplife flavours make for...
Your Ticket To… Benga

Your Ticket To… Benga

Kenya is rich in musical history, from the much loved taarab through to caracha and more recently cumulating reggae and even rock scenes. Stripping Kenyan music back to its origins however, reveals the culture shifting style of benga, a beautiful finger and thumb guitar style originating in Eastern Kenya in...
Your Ticket To… Kwaito

Your Ticket To… Kwaito

Derived from the Afrikaans word ‘kwai’ literally translating to angry, kwaito is the heavy, house music pumping out of modern South Africa. Kwaito was formed South Africa’s Soweto township, drawing on several South African genres such as kwela, marabi and bubblegum music, the thriving afro pop scene of the 80’s....
Your Ticket to… Highlife

Your Ticket to… Highlife

Originating in Ghana but with roots also placed firmly in Nigeria, Highlife music has had a major impact on modern African music since its birth in the 1920’s. Originally performed in small clubs and on street corners by brass bands, musicians gradually began incorporating vocals and jazz elements, usually driven...
Your ticket to… Soukous

Your ticket to… Soukous

Deriving from the French term, ‘secousse’ literally meaning ‘to shake’, Soukous music has a simple aim, to make the people dance. Originating in Congo, Soukous spread its rhythms throughout Africa, eventually capturing the hearts and dancefloors of London and Paris in the 80’s, with Paris based musicians such as the...
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