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Interview: Mohammed Yahya – Native Sun (March 2017)

Interview: Mohammed Yahya – Native Sun (March 2017)

If London had its own soundtrack, it would have to include a Native Sun tune. The duo composed of Mohammed Yahya & Sarina Leah are one of the most truthful musical portrayals of the British capital, gathering together an all-embracing influence, ranging from South-East Africa to the Caribbean islands and mirroring the...
Interview: Sergio Mendoza – Orkesta Mendoza (March 2017)

Interview: Sergio Mendoza – Orkesta Mendoza (March 2017)

In a month’s time, on the 21st of April, London will be blown away by the sound of Orkesta Mendoza. Rich Mix and La Linea 2017 will be hosting the first date of the band’s UK tour and its energetic vibes built on a Pan-American repertoire that welcomes Latin American styles and...
Interview: Seckou Keita (February 2017)

Interview: Seckou Keita (February 2017)

On the eve of the release of his latest album Transparent Water, Senégalese kora player, percussionist and singer Seckou Keita was packing to fly to Paris for some radio sessions and shows in France – when he managed to find a moment to talk to Rhythm Passport about the latest of his many...
Interview: DJ Khalab (March 2017)

Interview: DJ Khalab (March 2017)

As sometimes happens to music industry personalities, Raffaele Costantino also felt the need to create a character and wear the clothes of a “superhero”. At one point in a career spent as one of the most renowned Italian radio hosts, producers, writers and artistic directors, instead of wearing a mask,...
Interview: Murat Ertel – Baba Zula (January 2017)

Interview: Murat Ertel – Baba Zula (January 2017)

If there’s a genre-defying band par excellence, it has to be Baba Zula. Throughout its 20-year story, celebrated this year with XX (double-CD released by Glitterbeat that we recently reviewed), the Istanbul-based project has introduced its audience to an entirely new perspective of Turkish music. Today, its hypnotic blend of traditional,...
Interview: Sinkane (February 2017)

Interview: Sinkane (February 2017)

There is this trademark groovy, danceable, lightness to Sinkane’s songs that make them either deeply political music, in the same vein as Fela Kuti for example, or the music of a Mozart of our times, a bourgeois genius producing songs that amaze those who are both refined and style savvy....
Interview: Philippe Baden Powell (January 2017)

Interview: Philippe Baden Powell (January 2017)

A reception to Fronteras, a performance by Philippe Baden Powell and Cecilia Zabala we covered at the Americas Society & Council of the Americas in New York, was held right after the show, in an adjacent room. It was a room with large windows, and two tables purposed for consumption: one...
Interview: Tom Haxell – IRL, Independent Record Ltd (January 2017)

Interview: Tom Haxell – IRL, Independent Record Ltd (January 2017)

There was a time, not long ago, when ‘independent’ was the new hype. During the late-1990s/early 2000s, everything needed to be independent or indie to be cool, almost hipster. Labels, bands and venues competed to be or look like as independent as possible. Unfortunately, very few of those (so-called) independent...
Interview: Soom T (November 2016)

Interview: Soom T (November 2016)

Highlight of the 2016 edition of the London International Arts Festival (LIAF), and one of the most popular and expressive MCs of the UK music scene, Soom T recently brought her urban sound, provocative lyrics, resolute character and Indian background to London’s Rich Mix, for an incendiary gig. We had...
Interview: Chris Eckman – Glitterbeat Records (December 2016)

Interview: Chris Eckman – Glitterbeat Records (December 2016)

When it comes to world music labels, you usually think about regional realities with a local or niche following. That’s not the case of Glitterbeat Records. The German project’s growth is in front of everyone’s eyes. From Mali and Tamikrest, back in 2012, they’ve widened their vision to South America...