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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...
Review: Songhoy Blues + Blaenavon @ Koko (London, 4th November 2015)

Review: Songhoy Blues + Blaenavon @ Koko (London, 4th November 2015)

Songhoy Blues, the new Malian sensation, can no longer play in their native region because of the music ban imposed by jihadists back in 2012. Instead they have built an audience and reputation beyond Malian borders, becoming one of the most ambitious projects shaped on African soil. Their desert-rock/blues, which...
Review: Mbongwana Star @ (Oval Space (London, 1st November 2015)

Review: Mbongwana Star @ (Oval Space (London, 1st November 2015)

This has undoubtedly been Mbongwana Stars’ year. The six-piece hail from Congo and is comprised of Liam Farrell, Ranay Kalambayi, Theo, R9, Coco and Sage. They’ve been going from strength to strength following the release of their debut album ‘From Kinshasa’, earlier this year. The crowd couldn’t miss this opportunity...
Review: Ibeyi @ Koko (London, 3rd November 2015)

Review: Ibeyi @ Koko (London, 3rd November 2015)

Packed to the rafters with people vying for any sort of view, Koko played host to the French-Cuban duo Ibeyi for this eagerly anticipated North London gig. Twins Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz performed songs from their eponymous album, released earlier this year. Ibeyi is a beautifully crafted record but...
Preview: Seckou Keita + Gwyneth Glyn @ Rich Mix (London, 17th November 2015)

Preview: Seckou Keita + Gwyneth Glyn @ Rich Mix (London, 17th November 2015)

As part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, Senegalese sensation Seckou Keita will be leading an audience at Rich Mix into mystical soundscapes, orchestrated by his kora – a 22 stringed West African harp. Seckou has attracted international recognition after displaying multi-instrumental splendour – known at the same time as...
Interview: Ibeyi @ WOMAD (July 2015)

Interview: Ibeyi @ WOMAD (July 2015)

No matter that time is limited, the rain is pouring down or that backstage hustle and bustle is off the scale. When you have the chance to interview the most up-and-coming act of the year – and one of the most charming and stylish- you just have to seize the...
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