Artists confirmed so far… Alaev Family (Tajikstan/Israel); Ane Brun (Norway); Boubacar Traore (Mali);Buena Vista Social Club (Cuba); Dizraeli and the Small Gods (UK); Grupo Fantasma (USA); Lo’Jo(France/Algeria); Joe Driscoll & Seckou Kouyate (USA/Guinea); Narasirato (Solomon Islands); Peatbog Faeries (UK); Raghu Dixit (India); Sensational Space Shifters (UK/USA/Gambia); Spiro (UK); Terem Quartet (Russia); Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (Japan). Continue reading WOMAD 2012 – Line up announced: Buena Vista Social Club, Robert Plant and Boubacar Traore
UNITE (Urban Native Integrated Traditions of Europe) is an idea dreamed up by UK-based Transglobal Underground members Hamid Man Tu and Tim Whelan. The collection of tracks included on the project’s album A Gathering of Strangers will delight and surprise even the most intrepid musical travellers as it criss-crosses Europe in search of contemporary takes on traditional folk tracks
If you’ve not got into the new album yet, try the first single taken from I’m New Here, it’s Gil Scott-Heron and the devil!
For the past seventeen years Su Hart and Martin Cradick have been quietly and assiduously building a collection of recordings based around the Baka tribes of the Cameroonian rainforest.
Marcina Arnold is a secret talent living in the heart of London. I went to meet her in Stockwell to speak to her about her new release on Counterpoint Records, an EP called ‘Introducing’
Balkan music connoisseur Jill Sellner finds out from band members Ionita Nicolae and Costica Trifan what keeps them going with such exuberance after the death of their beloved patriarch, Ioan Ivancea
Picture steep-sided mountains covered in lush tropical rainforest with clouds forming in front of your eyes. The warm night air is filled with tantalising smells from the food stalls and above the sound of chirping cicadias, global sounds fill the natural bowl — the crowd turns its head as a flying fox is silhouetted against a giant floating globe light
The Peatbog Faeries put out a big sound for a small island and on What Men Deserve To Lose a rainy night on Skye meets the end of a scorching evening on Ibiza.
I had to listen to this a few times to come to a conclusion on it, but I’m glad I did as it’s a grower.
From the heart of the big city Lisa Knapp comes out with a sound you’d expect of the last in a long line of traditional singers in deepest Galway.