In the hot glove of a sticky East African night, the last act of the annual Sauti za Busara festival takes place. ‘Local’ outfit FM Academia – with over twenty members in the band – are rocking the open-air venue (an old walled fort in the centre of Zanzibar Town) with their unique ‘muziki da dansa’ rumba style, when, suddenly, on stage come literally dozens of the festival’s crew. The now over-crowded hugely enthusiastic stage dances out the last number of the 2012 event. Mark Stewart reports… Continue reading Busara Festival to leave its Zanzibar home?
As this CD was in the window of Universal Sounds this week, that was enough of a recommendation for me and they didn’t let me down.
Far Out release the Original Sound Track to the brilliant film Garrincha ‘Estrela Solitaria’ on CD and they couldn’t have timed it better.
The Big Dada office was a bit quite on Thursday as the surprise winner on this years’ Mercury prize was their very own Speech Debelle.
Robert Glasper plays with a dynamism which is quite engaging. Not a dynamic style in the technical sense but a playing with a certain joie de vivre or a lighting of the keys as his large hands stoke little fires on the black and whites
Gilles Peterson was only last week moaning about the lack of soundtrack releases these days and whilst there’s a football element to this, based on the book Run With The Pack by Kevin Sampson, you wouldn’t have thought the post-punk soundtrack would be his thing?
England and Brazil have always had something of a special relationship, and judging by the range of Brazilian cultural events coming to the capital in next few months it is as healthy as ever. To ensure it persists and you don’t miss out, Fly has been sifting through some of highlights.
Returning to the city that once served as his home, Gilberto Gil was introduced as the man who has ‘provided the soundtrack to five decades of Brazilian life’. Twenty-two songs later we realised just how true that was
They’ve just finished a 20 date UK tour promoting the follow up to Sunny Casinos so it’s now time to put your money on Jonquil’s Lions as the melodic roar of the year