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Interview: Richard Blair – Sidestepper (March 2016)

Interview: Richard Blair – Sidestepper (March 2016)

Back in 2009 there was a big music conference like Womex in Bogotà. There I met a guy called Bernard Batzen, who was also Mano Negra and Manu Chao’s manager – an experienced statesman in the world music sphere. He had travelled to Bogotà, participated in the conference, and then...
Interview: Ibibio Sound Machine (January 2016)

Interview: Ibibio Sound Machine (January 2016)

Ahead of their Passing Clouds gig last weekend, we caught up with Ibibio Sound Machine front woman, Eno Williams, to have a chat about the bands origins and the sounds and artists who drive them the most. London born Eno originally hailing from Nigeria, formed Ibibio with fellow bandmates/producers Max Grunhard,...
Interview: Baaba Maal on his ‘Traveller’ tour (January 2016)

Interview: Baaba Maal on his ‘Traveller’ tour (January 2016)

“Travelling is the strongest lesson of life,” announces Baaba Maal, one of West Africa’s most renowned musical spokesmen. The Senegalese superstar has recorded seventeen albums to date. The most recent, aptly named ‘The Traveller’, has just been released. We were lucky to be granted an interview with the singer just...
Interview: The Wailers (November 2015)

Interview: The Wailers (November 2015)

Most would agree that stepping into the shoes of one of history’s most celebrated musicians would be just a little intimidating. So it’s difficult to feel anything but respect for Dwayne ‘Danglin’ Anglin of Jamaica, who stepped into the shoes of Bob Marley and joined The Wailers in 2010. Even...
Interview: Olcay Bayir (December 2015)

Interview: Olcay Bayir (December 2015)

If the Anatolian peninsula had its own bard, it would probably include Olcay Bayir. Of Kurdish origin, the Turkish singer-songwriter epitomises the voices, sounds and stories of her native region. In her music, she gathers together all the influences and references of the Turkish tradition, but also crosses national borders...
Interview: Owiny Sigoma Band (November 2015)

Interview: Owiny Sigoma Band (November 2015)

Now on their third Brownswood LP, Nyanza, Owiny Sigoma Band are rightfully garnering critical acclaim. This super-group’s insistence on pushing the envelope is infectious. They’re part of a wider scene of DJs and bands who fuse tropical, electronic flavours with, dubby-techno and cerebral pop. The project began in earnest when...
Interview: Vieux Farka Touré (November 2015)

Interview: Vieux Farka Touré (November 2015)

On the eve of his first UK tour for some time Rhythm Passport was privileged to interview one of the great ambassadors of Malian guitar, Vieux Farka Touré. Still only in his mid-thirties Vieux Farka Touré has recorded eight albums to date. His second, Fondo, propelled him to fame when...
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