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Your ticket to… Salsa

Your ticket to… Salsa

In 1970s New York salsa emerged, conquering the world in just a few decades. Caribbean migrants (mainly Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban) were at the heart of the Latin community, bringing musical styles such as cha cha chá, son, guaracha, mambo, bolero, plena, bomba and even Latin jazz. This breeding...
Your Ticket to… Highlife

Your Ticket to… Highlife

Originating in Ghana but with roots also placed firmly in Nigeria, Highlife music has had a major impact on modern African music since its birth in the 1920’s. Originally performed in small clubs and on street corners by brass bands, musicians gradually began incorporating vocals and jazz elements, usually driven...
Womad UK 2016

Womad UK 2016

It’s less than a month until the most exciting world music event of the British Summer: Womad UK 2016. To help you to make the most of the four days, but also tempt you to join us on the green of Charlton Park, we have gone through the thrilling line up...
Your ticket to… Soukous

Your ticket to… Soukous

Deriving from the French term, ‘secousse’ literally meaning ‘to shake’, Soukous music has a simple aim, to make the people dance. Originating in Congo, Soukous spread its rhythms throughout Africa, eventually capturing the hearts and dancefloors of London and Paris in the 80’s, with Paris based musicians such as the...
Your Ticket to… Ska

Your Ticket to… Ska

This ticket is for a trip back in time, to the roots of one of the most popular upbeat music styles: ska. The origins of the genre date back to the late 1950s, when Jamaican music producers like Prince Buster, Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd and Duke Reid formed the first...
Your ticket to… Patchanka

Your ticket to… Patchanka

“Patchanka is the wild sound, for proud souls and lonely hounds”, this was the refrain of the patchanka’s style manifesto song written by Manu Chao and Mano Negra back 1989. Willy-nilly, the French (with Basque origin) musician and band are the most significant exponents of the sound born at the...
Your ticket to… Balkan Music

Your ticket to… Balkan Music

The Balkans has always been the most unstable European region. Its boundaries are still today volatile and migrations, wars and disputes have regularly scarred the peninsula. This also means that Balkan culture and music have constantly been influenced by foreign elements, adopting and blending them together with the proudly home-grown...
Your ticket to… Calypso

Your ticket to… Calypso

To compile a playlist about calypso music is also to delve into Trinidad and Tobago’s history. When the first kaisonians or storytellers/griots were deported from West Africa (in particular Nigeria) in the late 17th century, they started to spread a new music repertoire on the islands referring to their Ibibio...
Your ticket to… Bugalú

Your ticket to… Bugalú

Boogaloo (or, more aptly bugalú) is the sound of Puerto Rican and Cuban migration in the U.S. It characterised and described the impact and feelings of Caribbean migrants in New York from the late 1950s till early ‘70s. For this reason, more than a musical mix between the traditional caribeño...
Your ticket to… Cumbia

Your ticket to… Cumbia

They said that cumbia is a woman who has rhythmic hips… for sure cumbia fulfil itself in the sinuous moves of its dance. In fact, no matter how much you try to just listen to cumbia, you’ll inevitably end up dancing. Cumbia is the result of two centuries of African...
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