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Interview: Terakaft

Interview: Terakaft

It is a big step from the Sahara desert to the urban jungle of London, but Terakaft seemed comfortably at home within the walls of Rich Mix, where they presented their new album ‘Ténéré’ (Alone). Just a couple of hours before the gig we met Liya Ag Ablil, the band’s...
Interview: Mariana Sadovska (April 2015)

Interview: Mariana Sadovska (April 2015)

A few days ago we had the pleasure of talking with one of the most inventive voices of the contemporary music panorama, that of Mariana Sadovska. The Ukrainian actress, composer, musician and, most notably, singer is one of the clearest sounds emanating from that Eastern European country. She embodies the...
Interview: She’koyokh (November 2014)

Interview: She’koyokh (November 2014)

Thirteen years ago during the traditional Sunday market in Columbia Road a London-based ensemble amazed the passers-by with their lively and up-tempo klezmer music. Today She’Koyokh’s busking days are over and the band is finally considered one of London’s musical gems. We seized the chance during their Rich Mix gig,...
Interview: Simo Lagnawi (November 2014)

Interview: Simo Lagnawi (November 2014)

“I’m trying to bring gnawa music to this country. I’m trying to let people know what this music is all about.” Few musicians have dedicated their life and career to one musical style as Simo Lagnawi is doing with gnawa, the traditional Moroccan music that was originally carried to North...
Interview: Pascuala Ilabaca & Fauna (November 2014)

Interview: Pascuala Ilabaca & Fauna (November 2014)

“I have never been in London before”, stated Pascuala Ilabaca, but she quickly fell in love with the ‘Big Smoke’. “I really like the taxis – the black cabs. Also the weather is not bad as they say. It rains a lot I know, but it reminds me of Valparaiso...
Interview: Sabbey Drummers International (October 2014)

Interview: Sabbey Drummers International (October 2014)

I’m Upstairs at the Ritzy for the debut performance of Sabbey International and I have with me the two founder members of the band, Afla Sackey (Afrik Bawantu) and Yaw Asumadu (Ozi Ozaa). Rhythm Passport Sabbey International is one hundred percent traditional and one hundred percent acoustic. What is the...
Interview: Nomad Collective (Oct 2014)

Interview: Nomad Collective (Oct 2014)

We caught up with Nomad Collective during the shoot of their promo video last month to talk to them about their band With a crispy album just released and an oncoming “world” tour on the horizon, Nomad Collective is a name you are going to hear again and again and,...
Interview: Amira Kheir (October 2014)

Interview: Amira Kheir (October 2014)

We met Amira Kheir one week before her performance at the cross-cultural music Festival LIFEM and she brought some musical colour to the grey of a quintessential London Autumn day. Despite everyone insisting on referring to Amira Kheir as a diva she is miles away from that archetype. She is...