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Interview: Seddik Zebiri – Interview @ Upstairs at the Ritzy

Interview: Seddik Zebiri – Interview @ Upstairs at the Ritzy

Seddik Zebiri defines himself as a “music activist”, but even if he doesn’t agree, we reckon that the best way to think about him is as a ‘teacher or ‘mentor’. He’s a seasoned and experienced music “actor” who belongs to the old guard having started playing music in the ‘60s;...

Interview: Septeto Santiaguero @ Womad 2014

The same passion and energy that Fernando Dewar exudes during his performances are also there offstage. He talks enthusiastically about his music and the Septeto Santiaguero in the same way that he performs; he fascinates you with a kaleidoscope of ideas, vivid images and intriguing anecdotes. His approach to music...
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...
Interview: Batch Gueye Band @ Womad 2014

Interview: Batch Gueye Band @ Womad 2014

When the time came for Batch Gueye to choose between becoming a singer or a dancer, to carry on with the griot tradition or West African dancing he eventually decided not to choose and proceeded along both paths. Today this indecision is paying off. An accomplished artist he can go...
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