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?
“The late, great Charlie Gillett had a passion for music”, Mark Coles, BBC World Service, June 2010.
Picked as Gilles Peterson’s representative for Nigeria in his recent World Cup Soundclash, watch Nneka walk now!
Nneka returns with the release of second single, a new mix of one of the top tracks on her d?©but album.
Beautiful, smart and soulful as southern cornbread, Nneka could be the new Lauren Hill. Everything is right about this stunning debut: a great new voice, conscious lyrics and more hooks than a fishing tackle shop in the Hook of Holland
The uncomfortable truth is that the latest single from Nneka has a dodgy cover [not the picture with this piece], but don’t let that put you off.