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Interview: Dom La Nena (October 2015)

Interview: Dom La Nena (October 2015)

‘La Nena’ (little girl) is the nickname that she has carried around the world since adolescence. However, even though she still has a girlish air, Dominique ‘Dom’ Pinto moves around the music scene like a seasoned actress. Her experience is enviable, and she could easily be described as a ‘musician...
Interview – Count Drachma (October 2015)

Interview – Count Drachma (October 2015)

Few months ago, when we interviewed the legendary South African music regents Mahotella Queens after their gig at WOMAD, they revealed something to us. “We recently played in London with a band called Count Drachma: three white guys playing Zulu music. They were playing our music and they were white!...
Interview: Chavo (October 2015)

Interview: Chavo (October 2015)

Playing their very own brand of Gypsy, Balkan Funk, Chavo, are back with a bang and a brand new record. Don’t Wake The Dead is out now on Batov Records and we caught up with the band at their recent album launch at Passing Clouds to talk about where they’ve...
Interview: Bixiga 70 (September 2015)

Interview: Bixiga 70 (September 2015)

Bixiga is a neighbourhood in the centre of São Paulo, but the name has come to mean far more than that. It is a way of life. It gathers together many faces of Brazilian identity having experienced waves of migration coming ashore in the city’s harbour for two centuries. Today,...
Interview: Alhousseini Anivolla & Maarja Nuut @ WOMAD (July 2015)

Interview: Alhousseini Anivolla & Maarja Nuut @ WOMAD (July 2015)

Cross-cultural collaborations are a big thing at WOMAD, and 2015 was no exception. Today we talked to a most unusual pairing of desert blues fused with the folk traditions of the chilly Baltic. Etran Finatawa guitarist, percussionist and vocalist Alhousseini Anivolla from Niger teamed up with fiddler and singer Maarja...
Interview: Kapela Maliszów @ WOMAD (July 2015)

Interview: Kapela Maliszów @ WOMAD (July 2015)

It’s raining, but we don’t care! The first full day of WOMAD got into full swing this Friday with the wide range of global music we’ve come to expect. The BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage played host to probably the youngest band member this year along with her family band...
Interview: Ezza @ WOMAD (July 2015)

Interview: Ezza @ WOMAD (July 2015)

Saharan blues never sounded so rocky! This Toulouse-based group plays with spirit and energy, and for a trio their sound is big. Just after their fiery WOMAD show on The Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage early on Saturday evening we talked to front man Omar Adam Goumour, bass player Menad Moussaoui...
Interview: Sheelanagig @ Womad 2015 (July 2015)

Interview: Sheelanagig @ Womad 2015 (July 2015)

WOMAD and Bristol have developed a tight-knit relationship. The festival has always hosted many bands from this southwestern city on its stages, and thousands of Bristolians visit Charlton Park every year to enjoy hearing their fellow city-dwellers playing in a different context. It’s not surprising then that one of the...
Interview: Violons Barbares @ Womad (July 2015)

Interview: Violons Barbares @ Womad (July 2015)

Violons Barbares, as their name suggests, are indeed a wild trio. To say these guys are virtuosic would be an understatement. We interviewed the two fiddlers and percussionist just after their highly entertaining and mind-blowing set on The Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage on a wet WOMAD Sunday afternoon. As well...
Interview: Kassé Mady Diabaté @ Womad (July 2015)

Interview: Kassé Mady Diabaté @ Womad (July 2015)

At the age of sixty-six, Kassé Mady Diabaté is one of the living greats of Malian music. His nickname Kassé derives from the Bambara word Kassi, which means to weep, as his beautiful voice is said to make people cry with joy. What an honour it was then to have a short interview...