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
It might have been the last night of the tour but as the Afrobeat message beats loud again, this was one not to be missed, as Gilles Peterson said earlier this year, “If you ever get the chance to see Seun Kuti live, you’ve got to go!”
When we’ve got the achievements of a legend like Dennis Coffey, you do wonder why a new album? Well the short answer, at least to these ears, he’s still got more to contribute to the back catalogue of fabulous music and there’s a list of current stars who are more than happy to join in.
Far Out release the Original Sound Track to the brilliant film Garrincha ‘Estrela Solitaria’ on CD and they couldn’t have timed it better.
Anthony Joseph was called Bird Head Son when he was growing up in Trinidad. Now it’s the name of his second album with his mates from South London, the Spasm Band, that find all of them in a unity of poetry and music; and that means, album of the year candidate!
The Big Chill Festival has grown from the friends listening to a seminal Global Gathering album to the initial Big Chill get together of a mere 700 in 1994 to 30,000 in Eastnor Castle Deer Park last year; so to celebrate 15 years here’s a compilation selected by some Big Chill big movers.
Not that it’s a battle with brother Femi, but both Fela offspring have albums out that moment and Seun is just tipping it as the one to get.
As everyone is talking about Africa these days, especially during the African Cup of Nations, what an excellent time to release this 2 CD retrospective with the longest title ever