Tag Archives: Soukous

Your Ticket to… Soukous

Your Ticket to… Soukous

Soukous (a term derived from the French secousse or ‘to shake’) came to life in those years, blending together the rich local folk repertoire with the appealing Caribbean beats. In the following decades, the style grew up exponentially. It ramped up its tempo and, being “born to be danced to”,...
Interview: Jupiter Bokondji – Jupiter & Okwess (July 2017)

Interview: Jupiter Bokondji – Jupiter & Okwess (July 2017)

There are musicians who follow the traditional styles of their country and those who create brand new ones, assembling together and evolving what their country has to offer. One of the best examples of the latter (not too densely populated) category is Jupiter Bokondji, founder and band leader of Jupiter...
Preview: Focus Festival @ Rich Mix (London, 2nd June 2017)

Preview: Focus Festival @ Rich Mix (London, 2nd June 2017)

We know that, when it comes to music, the people at Focus Organization love to do things good and proper, but this time they went the whole hog. They wanted to pay homage to African and African diaspora musical traditions, all (or most) of them. Since that wouldn’t be possible...
Interview: Mokoomba (April 2017)

Interview: Mokoomba (April 2017)

Mokoomba are the biggest band in Zimbabwe, achieving global recognition, with their breakthrough album Rising Tide. Five years on, with an established global fan base after playing in over 40 countries, they’ve released their self-produced third album, Luyando (Out Here Records). Attracting glowing reviews, the album blends their pan-African sound with traditional...
Mixes: Rhythm Passport Vol.33 – Area Boys

Mixes: Rhythm Passport Vol.33 – Area Boys

Area Boys – Palmwine Guitars and Ngoma Rhythms Area Boys are taking you back in time, opening the vault for a special selection of our best classic dancefloor fillers. A journey through the African continent, starting in featuring mesmerising Highlife from by the legend and innovator Eric Agyeman and Hedzoleh Soundz...
Preview: Mogadisco @ The Yard (London, 3rd February 2017)

Preview: Mogadisco @ The Yard (London, 3rd February 2017)

On Friday 3rd February, the four musical collectors behind Mogadisco return to The Yard in Hackney Wick for their first party of the year – and the first in a series of events that will take place around London in the upcoming months. Since 2012, the collective has brought its...
Review: Criolo + Baloji @ Koko (London, 24th April 2016)

Review: Criolo + Baloji @ Koko (London, 24th April 2016)

It was billed as one of the highlights of 2016’s La Linea Festival, but Criolo and Baloji gig at Koko went above and beyond all expectations. The event was the unequivocal proof that hip-hop has a thousand faces, and the remarkable ability to adapt and absorb different cultures to spread...
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