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Review: Wara @ Elefest (London, 3rd October 2014)

Review: Wara @ Elefest (London, 3rd October 2014)

Announced by a heavy downpour of Latin and African rhythms, Central and South American harmonies and lively up-tempo tunes played by the Movimiento Djs, the tropical cyclone Wara blew wildly on the Hotel Elephant stage, storming the debut of the 2014 edition of London’s EleFest with no mercy. Despite that...
Review: Kanda Bongo Man @ The Forge (London, 28-09-2014)

Review: Kanda Bongo Man @ The Forge (London, 28-09-2014)

For the final night of the 12th London African Music Festival, we are treated to the high energy sound of the Congo, the Soukous flavours of the legendary Kanda Bongo Man. Performing in the intimate surrounds of London’s Forge, in Camden, Kanda and his band create an electric blend of...
Interview & Review: Bombino @ Union Chapel (London, 19-09-2014)

Interview & Review: Bombino @ Union Chapel (London, 19-09-2014)

After the grand finale with the audience dancing to the unrestrained rhythms of the desert, then after the standing ovation I finally decided to ask Bombino’s tour manager for the set-list. “I checked on stage but couldn’t find one” I said. “I know” he answered. “Bombino doesn’t usually write a...
Review: Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita @ Womad (July 2014)

Review: Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita @ Womad (July 2014)

There are instruments that seem to have been separated at birth. Despite their distant homelands and their different appearances, they speak the same language, and awaken similar feelings. The harp and the kora are one of the best examples of this instrumental kinship, which enables distant cultures to relate without...
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