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Review: Ealing Jazz Festival @ Walpole Park (London, 29th July 2017)

Review: Ealing Jazz Festival @ Walpole Park (London, 29th July 2017)

Much like a charming village fete with a complimentary cleansing mud bath, Ealing Jazz Festival provided both entertainment and healing from the music and comedy of sliding from one stage to another. Unfortunately for the locals, this was the second week that the Walpole celebrations had been washed out. However,...
Review: Love Supreme Festival (Glynde Place, 30th June to 2nd July 2017)

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

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,...
Review: La Mambanegra @ Pavilion Terrace (Manchester, 14th July 2017)

Review: La Mambanegra @ Pavilion Terrace (Manchester, 14th July 2017)

A grey, dank Friday evening welcomed Colombia’s La Mambanegra as guests of the Biennial Manchester International Festival. The tent interior was wrapped in black and fans gathered, sitting cross-legged, waiting for the band. Hailing from Cali, the nine-piece La Mambanegra (The Black Mamba) take to the stage, safe in the...
Review: Cortex @ The Jazz Café (London, 15th June 2017)

Review: Cortex @ The Jazz Café (London, 15th June 2017)

It is not often that you can attend a live performance evoking a historical music phenomenon that no present music scene will ever bring back. It’s what music does, it transcends both space and time – we get to feel how innovative and unique that time was. And how relevant...
Review: Erykah Badu @ Eventim Apollo (London, 6th July 2017)

Review: Erykah Badu @ Eventim Apollo (London, 6th July 2017)

Erykah Badu is a force who subtly commands the stage with her jazzy voice, enlightened song-writing and empathetic connection. This was a much-anticipated return from the “Queen of Neo Soul” as she played her first London gig in five years (thanks to the work of Neo Luv). The venue was sold...
Review: Mokoomba @ 229 The Venue (London, 18th June 2017)

Review: Mokoomba @ 229 The Venue (London, 18th June 2017)

 We don’t often go back home sweating and physically tired after a gig, but when we do, it’s because we’ve danced the show away and that’s inevitably what you’ll end up doing when Mokoomba are on stage. Since 2008, the Zimbabwean quintet put their souls and bodies in their performances...
Review: Soweto Kinch @ Boondocks (London, 7th June 2017)

Review: Soweto Kinch @ Boondocks (London, 7th June 2017)

A voice with a conscience, songs with a message. Soweto Kinch is part of a new breed of young musicians rising in the current socio-political climate. A saxophonist and spoken-word artist who not only has beauty to share, but adds depth in his observations and their connection to the world...
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