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Afrovibes Festival 2014

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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

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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

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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

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FRI 15. AUGUST 2014
Tribal Earth Festival, Laughton, East Sussex
www.tribalearth.co.uk

SUN 24. AUGUST 2014
Journeys Festival, Town Hall Square, Leicester
http://www.journeysfestival.com/

FRI 5. SEPTEMBER 2014
The Plantation, Stokes Croft, Bristol
www.plantationrestaurant.biz

SAT 6. SEPTEMBER 2014
Woolley Festival Bradford-on-Avon
http://www.woolleyfestival.com

SAT 11.OCTOBER 2014
Mt Pleasant Eco-park, Cornwall
www.mpecopark.co.uk/

FRI 24. OCTOBER 2014
Passing Clouds, London
www.passingclouds.org

SAT 15. NOVEMBER 2014
The Plantation, Stokes Croft, Bristol Read more »

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

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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 »

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

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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

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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

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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 »

Ibibio Sound Machine on Soundway Records

1303057368-ibibio-sound-machine_web-1440_0.jpgThere's something wonderfully individualistic and creative going on in a pocket of London, with an eccentricity, the likes of which I have never heard before and I'm getting quite excited.

Ibibio Sound Machine on Soundway Records

1303057368-ibibio-sound-machine_web-1440_0.jpgThere's something fantastically idiosyncratic and creative going on in a pocket of London, with an eccentricity, the likes of which I have never heard before and its making me quite excited. Its being generated by the Ibibio Sound System who's self titled album is one of the latest releases on the Soundway label. London born Nigerian, Eno Williams sings of folk stories recounted to her by her family. Her sumptuous and sexy voice glides over the music, at times somewhat disconnected, as the band gets on with the job of creating all sorts of loose limbed rhythms, mixed with electronic sound effects, ad hoc tweaks and buzzes not forgetting afrobeat horns plus occasional cow bells. For European ears, much of this album has the sound of broken disco, futuristic yet with a retro-flavour of Starsky and Hutch pulling up for a night in Studio 54.

As the album progresses the grooves becomes deeper and more psychedelic. With tracks, 'Woman of Substance' and 'Prodigal Son' people may well start to draw parallels between Eno Williams and Grace Jones. The tracks are so individualistic that it may take a little more thought to drop one of them into a DJ set but hang on.... a better solution would be to drop an audience into Ibibio Sound Machine set and take delight in the different shapes people throw as they dance or attempt to dance to the music.

I still remember fondly those moments at the Whirly Gig where, after a night of dancing, we'd chill out under a parachute silk, wafted up and down by the hands of people in a circle holding the parachute whilst the DJ played some chill out tunes. This album ends with a track that fits the post work out chill down perfectly, 'Ibibio Spiritual' an Ibibioed version of the universal Amazing Grace.

Congratulation to Soundway records for putting out such an original " outside of the box" recording. Have fun, don't try and deconstruct and critique the music, just take an energy drink, throw some shapes and get on down.




The full lineup of the band consists of Eno Williams (vocals), Alfred Bannerman (guitar), Anselmo Netto (percussion), Leon Brichard (bass/synth), Benjamin Bouton (drums/keyboards), Max Grunhard (alto sax), Tony Hayden (trombone/synth) & Scott Baylis (trumpet).

Useful links
Ibibio Sound Machine Soundcloud.
Ibibio Page on Soundway Records
Buy Ibibio Sound Machine on Amazon

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