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London Jazz Festival 2011 at Ronnie Scott’s

In keeping with its own traditions and reflecting the ethos of the Festival, Ronnie Scott’s presents a ten day diary of special collaborations, emerging talent and established stars from across the generations and continents, as well as the ubiquitous festival after-hours hang. Continue reading London Jazz Festival 2011 at Ronnie Scott’s

Mobo Award winners 2011 – revealed first on flyglobalmusic.com


Tinie Tempah, Adele, Dappy and Tinchy Stryder were among those honoured with a prestigious MOBO Award, while Jessie J walked away with a staggering four gongs. Who’s laughing now? Continue reading Mobo Award winners 2011 – revealed first on flyglobalmusic.com

Kings Place Festival – Sept 8-11 [Ayanna Witter-Johnson/Robert Mitchell]

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OK so it’s not just Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Robert Mitchell over the 4 days (there’s actually 100 performances by many different acts) but they were the highlight of the opening day at this high spec venue near Kings Cross.

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WOMEX 11

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Bomba Estereo by Eric Van Nieuwland

WOMEX 11 is taking place from Wednesday, 26 to Sunday, 30 October in Copenhagen,
Denmark. If you are involved in the music business, there’s a raft of stuff during the day but for all music fans, you can turn up in the evening for a range of exciting concerts each night. Continue reading WOMEX 11

Save our favourite labels

Paul Bradshaw’s blog features a plea to everyone to help out labels like Brownswood, Soul Jazz, Ninja Tunes and Warp after the Sony distribution centre was burned down in the recent London riots. Buy a digital download from these labels while they get themselves back on track. Check out Ancienttofuture for some ideas.

02 London Mela – Sunday 4 September 2011

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The 02 London Mela – Europe’s largest outdoor Asian festival – returns to Gunnersbury Park, Ealing, on Sunday 4 September. Last year’s Mela attracted a record-breaking 92,000 people, and this year the festival is set to be even bigger and better than ever, with nine zones including The Main Stage, Mix Tent, BBC Introducing, The Classical stage, Community & Kids zone, Outdoor arts and ‘In conversation with’, not to mention the food markets and funfair.

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WOMAD 2011


Round up: despite a wobbly moment with the weather on Friday morning, the festival was flawless in every other way. Some great bands, clearly enjoying playing to audiences free to dance and enjoy the non-auditorium experience, strutted the various stages. My favourites were probably Alpha Blondy (I didn’t even know I liked his music that much before), Baaba Maal of course and Faiz Ali Faiz among the bigger names. The dynamo Nomfusi was a refreshing blast of energy and the reflexive Samuel Yirga caught my attention among the newer names.

It was great to see the festival so well organised. Almost no litter at all thanks to enterprising children getting money back on empty plastic glasses, the beautiful arboretum to wander through, great indian food and some damn fine coffee made it a real pleasure to be there.
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Amy Winehouse: 1983 – 2011

amy winehouse 640x400 Amy Winehouse: 1983   2011Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in north London. Aged just 27, the soul singer who was raised on jazz in her Jewish home, will be missed for her amazing voice by music lovers and by the tabloids for her public struggle with booze and drugs.

The Roots in London on 19 August, 2011


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The Roots are coming


The Roots make a welcome return to London for their first headline show in 2 years. On the cusp of celebrating 25 years of shape shifting Hip Hop creativity that has delivered to a devoted global community nine eclectic albums driven by bold musical concepts, unique collaborations, and profound lyrical themes that one critic defined as “cold eyed Hip Hop existentialism”, Philadelphia’s favourite politically motivated hip hop/funk/jazz collective will be taking the stage at London’s most iconic entertainment venue, the HMV Hammersmith Apollo. Continue reading The Roots in London on 19 August, 2011

Luisa Maita – UK Debut at Momo’s


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Get there early as this little venue will be rammed to hear the impossibly sultry tones of Brazil’s hottest new export since, well the last hot new thing from the sun-blessed mega country. Continue reading Luisa Maita – UK Debut at Momo’s

WOMAD – Charlton Park 28-31 July 2011


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Baaba Maal by Damian Rafferty

WOMAD this year features: Afrocubism , Alpha Blondy, Baaba Maal, Bellowhead, Dub Colossu, Ebo Taylor, Gogol Bordell0, Penguin Café, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Susheela Raman and Taraf de Haidouks Continue reading WOMAD – Charlton Park 28-31 July 2011

Tamikrest on tour and new album Toumastin


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Young Tuareg desert blues rockers Tamikrest follow up their critically acclaimed debut album Adagh with Toumastin.

Music always is a borderline experience. Especially when not only stylistically boundaries are shifting, but the centres of musical creativity are moving.

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Introducing Congolese / Belgian rapper Baloji


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Congolese /Belgian rapper Baloji will make his debut at the Rich Mix on Monday 18 July with Fatoumata Diawara in support but in the meantime catch some of his music here. Continue reading Introducing Congolese / Belgian rapper Baloji

Great British Jazz: Six Decades of Tributes, Stories and Impro at Southbank Centre- 19-26 July 2011


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Soweto Kinch by Damian Rafferty

Featuring jazz cult-figure Evan Parker; Soweto Kinch’s tribute to the genius of Jamaican jazz alchemist Joe Harriott; Tomorrow’s Warriors Jazz Orchestra’s celebration of Steve Williamson and a tribute to John Dankworth and the Big Band

As part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations with MasterCard, the GREAT BRITISH JAZZ mini-series of four concerts is a celebration of some key moments in the evolution of jazz in the UK and the musical movers and shakers that have defined British jazz over the past six decades, since the Festival of Britain in 1951.

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Congotronics vs Rockers + The Skeletons – Barbican Hall, Tuesday 12 July 2011


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Featuring Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Deerhoof, Konono No.1, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Matt Mehlan (Skeletons), Vincent Kenis and special guests Hoquets

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