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Musicport Festival 2014 and a return to Whitby Pavilion 17th -19th October


musicport_graphic_2014_7_0.jpg Just when you thought the music festivals were all over until next Spring, Musicport returns to Whitby Pavilion with a bold and eclectic line up. One that includes the return home of Whitby's most famous son, Arthur Brown, bringing his crazy world of music to the main stage on Sunday. If that's not enough on its own, to entice you up to the coastal resort from whence explorer Captain James Cook once sailed and where Count Dracula decided to settled down, then read on. Read more »

17th - 19th October 2014 :
Musicport Festival Confirmed Artist Line Up


musicport_graphic_2014_7_0.jpg So much music over one weekend in Whitby is got to be a must on everyone's calendar. Here's a list in no particular order of artists appearing over the weekend and check out the free acoustic fringe festival if you've bust your budget. Read more »

Afrovibes Festival 2014


afrovibes.jpgFounded in the Netherlands to showcase artists form South Africa the festival expanded to include the UK in 2010 and has become a valued addition to the UK arts circuit receiving support form the Arts Council. Under the Artistic directon of South African director / actor, James Ngcobo the festival has a stunning mix of music and drama. Read more »

From cellphone file sharing - Mdou Moctar receives a full release on Sahel Sounds


mdou_moctar_autotune_0.jpgSpaced out autotune from Niger. Tuareg guitar accompanied with loping drum machines and vocal plug ins, interpreted via the filter of Bollywood influenced Hausa pop. Mdou Moctar’s debut studio recording from 2008, was never officially released but widely distributed via the cellphone file sharing networks of the Sahara. A monumental record sonically, but also as one of the first modern electronic adaptations of Tuareg guitar. Download from Bandcamp webpages and explore. Read more »

World Music Charts September 2014


wmce_logo_0_0.jpg Roll up Roll up for September's World Music charts, a new number one, four new entries are par tof this months top twenty as selcted by the European jury from 130 nominated cd's. Read more for the full top twenty and a link to the charts to discover more.

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24th August - 15th November 2014 :
Batch Gueye Band UK dates


FRI 15. AUGUST 2014
Tribal Earth Festival, Laughton, East Sussex

SUN 24. AUGUST 2014
Journeys Festival, Town Hall Square, Leicester

The Plantation, Stokes Croft, Bristol

Woolley Festival Bradford-on-Avon

Mt Pleasant Eco-park, Cornwall

FRI 24. OCTOBER 2014
Passing Clouds, London

The Plantation, Stokes Croft, Bristol Read more »

8th November 2014 :
Tamikrest bring the Sounds of the Sahara to Liverpool' - tickets on sale now.


tamikrest125.jpgAfrica Oye Touring and Trading help bring the brightest new band to come out of the Sahara to Liverpool this coming November. The spellbinding TAMIKREST prepare for their performance at The Kazimier. If you need convinicng of their talent, read all the comments and reviews in the full... Read more »


Finding Fela! - New feature length documentary and double cd soundtrack


fela_small.jpgPress Release: After the world premiere at Sheffield Doc Fest, Academy Award® winning director Alex Gibney returns to UK screens this autumn with a cinematic release on 5th September for 'Finding Fela', an utterly compelling and hypnotic portrait of visionary Nigerian musician and social activist, Fela Kuti. 'Finding Fela' is the story of the man who created the musical movement Afrobeat, and who then went on to use it as a form of political protest against the Nigerian dictatorship, becoming a revolutionary, hero and legend.

Capturing the essence of the documentary film from a musical perspective is the 'Finding Fela' soundtrack. The double album includes 15 of Fela's classic tracks, together with an interpretation of "Zombie" from the Fela! Broadway musical, and a never-before released, magical live version of "Colonial Mentality", recorded at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos by the cast of the musical and featuring Fela's son Femi Kuti on saxophone. Read more »

Chinbat Baasankhuu - The Art of the Mongolian Yatga - ARC music


yatga.jpg Press Release from Arc Music The Art of the Mongolian Yatga by Chinbat Baasankhuu [pronounced ‘bar-san-hoo’l is likely to be the first full Mongolian yatga recording widely available outside Mongolia and includes techniques only possible at the highest levels of yatga accomplishment.Traditionally the yatga — a bowed zither with movable bridges — was played vertically during royal occasions at Mongolian court, complete with an ornate swan’s head and strings made from animal intestines. Today, the yatga is played horizontally with strings of silk and steel without the decor of a swan’s head, Mongolian wolf or deer. Read more »

August 2014 World Music Charts


wmce_logo.jpgCompiled by Johannes Theurer on behalf of the World Music Workshop of the EBU. Supported by WDR Funkhaus Europa here's the top twenty from over 123 cd's voted for by a jury of over 40 radio DJ's across Europe including DJ Ritu ( BBC Three Counties ) Lopa Kothari ( BBC Radio 3) and Max Reinhardt ( BBC Radio 3) from here in the UK ...... Read more »

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