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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...
Interview: Aar Maanta @ Womad 2014

Interview: Aar Maanta @ Womad 2014

If Aar Maanta’s community in the UK had had their way, the artist who is today considered to be the voice of the new Somali generation should have become a scientist. The fact that instead he is revered as one of the most important musicians of the Horn of Africa...
Interview: Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat @ Womad 2014

Interview: Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat @ Womad 2014

Our Interview with the charming Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat sisters, they discus the struggles of female musicians in Iran and how they share this through the poetry of the great Persian poets such as Hafiz and Rumi