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Felebration 2013: Celebrating Fela’s 75th Birthday

Posted on November 20th, 2013 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

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This December, in celebration of the life and legacy of Fela Kuti and the release of Red Hot + Fela, a special Felabration will be held in London.

The concert, in association with Knitting Factory Records and AGMP, will feature many of the artists who collaborated on Red Hot + Fela. Musicians will be supported by the fantastic Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, led by the keyboard player Dele Sosimi, who formerly played with Egypt 80

There will be performances on the night from Olubenga from Metronomy; Congolese hip-hop artist Baloji, who featured on the Red Hot + Fela track ‘Buy Africa’; Sam Duckworth from Get Cape. Wear Cape. FlyShingai Soniwa from the Noisettes; and DJ Koichi Sakai, the co-founder of Afrobeat Vibration. 

You can catch this evening of Afrobeat madness on December 14 at the 229 Club on Great Portland Street, London. For more information or to book tickets, visit AGMP.

 

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Celtic Connections Round 2

Posted on January 17th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Following on from yesterday’s blog, here are some more Celtic Connections recommendations for the latter half of the festival.

The Angolan-Portuguese DJ Pedro Coquenão, aka Batida (pictured left, photo by Manuel Lino), released his debut album on the hip Soundway label (a Top of the World in #84) and he’ll be supporting French Gypsy-swingers Caravan Palace (January 24, O2 ABC).

The premiere of a sea-themed collaboration, Dán, by some top-notch Celtic and Breton musicians including band members from Kan and Guidewires and Gaelic singer Alyth McCormack (January 24, Old Fruitmarket).

Burns Night sees a specially-commissioned evening of music, courtesy of Scots Trad Music Award-winners Breabach and Kathleen MacInnes, together with Blazin’ Fiddles and Dougie MacLean (January 25, Concert Hall).

If anyone has mastered the art of cloning, it’ll come in very handy for the night of January 26 when there are no less than 13 artists who I’d go and see without any hesitation. They include: Sarah Jarosz, Baloji, Katy Carr, The Be Good Tanyas, The Halton Quartet, Mike McGoldrick’s band and Duncan Chisholm (whose latest release Affric was one of my favourite albums of 2012) (Various venues).

Last issue’s cover star Bassekou Kouyaté and his band Ngoni ba team up with fellow Malians Sidi Touré and Tamikrest for Sahara Soul (January 27, Concert Hall).

The Radio 2 Folk Awards will be broadcast live from Glasgow for the first time, hosted by Julie Fowlis and Mark Radcliffe, plus performances by some of the winners (January 30, Concert Hall).

Songlines faves Anda Union are bound to go down a treat in Glasgow. They’re on the same billing as the equally impressive Frigg who have a Top of the World review in the next issue, #90 (January 30, Old Fruitmarket).

The highly-acclaimed Scottish singer Karine Polwart and US stars Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer (also with a Top of the World in #90) (February 2, City Halls).

The final day sees singer-songwriter and guitarist Sorren Maclean from Mull take part in the New Voices initiative that showcases new talent (February 3, Mitchell Theatre).

On top of all that, there are workshops galore, an open stage and a late-night festival club – so many reasons why I wouldn’t want to be heading anywhere else this month. Now, how quickly can I get myself up to Glasgow…

www.celticconnections.com

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More artists join the Africa Express train

Posted on August 15th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The collective of African and Western musicians already boasted an incredible line-up when they announced their plans to take a week-long musical adventure across mainland Britain, but it has just been announced that the line-up is in fact even bigger. 

It was revealed that Tony Allen, Carl Barât, Toumani Diabaté, Nicolas Jaar, Krar Collective (pictured), Kyla La Grange, M1 (Dead Prez), M.anifest, Spoek Mathambo, John McClure (Reverend and the Makers), Nneka, The Temper Trap, Marques Toliver, The Very Best (Soundsystem) and Rizzle Kicks will be joining the ranks. 

The already confirmed line up included Amadou & Mariam, Damon Albarn, Rokia Traoré, Kano, Baloji, Charli XCX, Fatoumata Diarawa, Noisettes, Jupiter & Okwess International and Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club). 

The train leaves London on September 2 as part of the London 2012 Festival and will travel through England, Scotland and Wales. Confirmed shows include:

Monday September 3: MIDDLESBOROUGH – Town Hall
Tuesday September 4: GLASGOW – The Arches
Wednesday September 5: MANCHESTER – The Ritz
Thursday September  6: CARDIFF – Solus (Cardiff University)
Friday September  7: BRISTOL – The Big Top @ Creative Common
Saturday September 8: Finale concert in Granary Square, Kings Cross, LONDON

 

Tickets start a £15 and are on sale now.

If you are interested in hosting a gig with some of the fantastic musicians on the train tour in an interesting location during one of their stops, please contact info@africaexpress.co.uk.

 

Photo of Krar Collective by Marcus Waterloo

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Want to host an Africa express gig?

Posted on August 2nd, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

From Sunday September 2, Africa Express, the collective of African and Western musicians, is filling a train with dozens of guest artists and taking it on a week-long musical adventure across mainland Britain. There will be pop-up performances at railway stations, schools, factories, offices, shopping centres and homes. As with every Africa Express happening, events will be unrehearsed and unapologetic.

Confirmed artists include: Amadou & Mariam, Damon Albarn, Rokia Traoré, Kano, Baloji, Charli XCX, Fatoumata Diarawa, Noisettes, Jupiter & Okwess International and Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club), with many more set to be revealed over the next few weeks. The tour is produced in association with the Barbican as part of London 2012 Festival.

If you are interested in hosting a gig with some of the fantastic musicians on the train tour in an interesting location during one of their stops, please contact info@africaexpress.co.uk

 

Here is the itinerary so far, although more stops may be added:

Sunday September 2: STOKE
Monday September 3: BRADFORD/LEEDS/MIDDLESBOROUGH
Tuesday September 4: GLASGOW
Wednesday September 5: CARLISLE/MANCHESTER
Thursday September  6: CARDIFF
Friday September  7: BRISTOL
Saturday September 8: Finale concert in Granary Square, Kings Cross, LONDON

 ‘A fantastically varied cast of stars… a joyfully unpredictable compelling journey.’ NME

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