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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...
Review: Wara @ Elefest (London, 3rd October 2014)

Review: Wara @ Elefest (London, 3rd October 2014)

Announced by a heavy downpour of Latin and African rhythms, Central and South American harmonies and lively up-tempo tunes played by the Movimiento Djs, the tropical cyclone Wara blew wildly on the Hotel Elephant stage, storming the debut of the 2014 edition of London’s EleFest with no mercy. Despite that...
Review: Kanda Bongo Man @ The Forge (London, 28-09-2014)

Review: Kanda Bongo Man @ The Forge (London, 28-09-2014)

For the final night of the 12th London African Music Festival, we are treated to the high energy sound of the Congo, the Soukous flavours of the legendary Kanda Bongo Man. Performing in the intimate surrounds of London’s Forge, in Camden, Kanda and his band create an electric blend of...
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...