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Belem, May 19

Belem, May 19

Belem Brighton Festival, All Saints Church, Brighton, May 19 The dark, vaulted interior of Brighton’s All Saint’s Church proved to be a very different setting than where I mostly found myself on this particular weekend. Flitting between dingy basements and bars packed with bearded hipsters, I welcomed an excuse to take a break from the … Continue reading

DakhaBrakha, October 1

DakhaBrakha, October 1

DakhaBrakha Village Underground, London, October 1 I’m always a bit apprehensive when finally seeing a band everyone’s been raving about – will they really live up to the hype? I missed the Ukrainian ‘ethno-chaos’ quartet DakhaBrakha at last year’s WOMAD, a performance that seemed to be the highlight of the festival for many. And now, … Continue reading

Rainforest World  Music Festival, August 7-9

Rainforest World Music Festival, August 7-9

Rainforest World Music Festival Sarawak Cultural Village, Borneo, Malaysia, August 7-9 This festival, tucked within the lush surroundings of the Sarawak Cultural Village in Borneo, has been well written about in these pages, but this year I finally had the chance to experience it myself. And there’s a reason the Rainforest World Music Festival has … Continue reading

AR Rahman Greatest Hits, August 15

AR Rahman Greatest Hits, August 15

This review originally appeared on the Songlines website.  AR Rahman returned to London to perform his Greatest Hits Photos by Nicky Kelvin London’s O2 Arena was abuzz with anticipation – it was Indian Independence Day and one of the country’s most prolific composers was in town for the first time in five years to perform … Continue reading

Gerardo Núñez with Carmen Cortés and  Eva Yerbabuena, London Flamenco Festival, February 22 & 23

Gerardo Núñez with Carmen Cortés and Eva Yerbabuena, London Flamenco Festival, February 22 & 23

This review originally appeared in Songlines #107 (April/May 2015) p85. Photo: Fotohuta These two shows, which were part of the London Flamenco Festival at Sadler’s Wells, showcased opposite sides of the flamenco spectrum. The Sunday night show featured Gerardo Núñez, a leading flamenco guitarist with guest Gypsy dancer, Carmen Cortés. His playing was technically masterful and … Continue reading

Sister Fa at Flyover Portobello, September 20

Sister Fa at Flyover Portobello, September 20

This review originally appeared in Songlines #96 (Nov/Dec 2013) p102. Sister Fa has broken through the testosterone barriers in the male-dominated arena of urban African music to become one of Senegal’s biggest female hip-hop stars. And this gig was all about being a woman in a man’s world. At the intimate venue, the first half … Continue reading

Storyville hosted by Nightjar, August 11 2012

Storyville hosted by Nightjar, August 11 2012

Photos by Sophia Whitfield Last Saturday, trendy Shoreditch was home to an event hosted by Nightjar and inspired by New Orleans and the licensed pleasure houses of the fin de siècle French Quarter, otherwise known as Storyville. Nightjar was able to toss up a fabulous evening of antics, entertainment and delicious cocktails that harked back to the Big … Continue reading

The Manganiyar Seduction at WOMAD

The Manganiyar Seduction at WOMAD

Photos by Alexandra Petropoulos There are few things more disappointing than a show that doesn’t live up to its hype, and nothing more satisfying than one that does. The Manganiyar Seduction is one of the shows that not only lives up to its expectations, but surpasses them. Put together by theatre director Roysten Abel, the … Continue reading