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Havana Club Rumba Project

Posted on February 11th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .


Gilles Petersons latest project with Havana Cultura is an insightful look at rumba music from the island of Cuba.

Peterson has joined forces with documentary film-maker Charlie Inman – who directed his last feature on the music of Brazil – to present a comprehensive look at the music, the dance, and the culture surrounding the rumba form. Expert batá drummer Ade Egun Crispin Robinson and singer Daymé Arocena accompany Peterson for the duration of the trip. 

This film is also accompanied by a remix album – entitled Havana Club Rumba Sessions - which features some wonderful remixes by a diverse roster of artists, including débruitMotor City Drum Ensemble, and Japanese duo Daisuke Tanabe and Yosi Horikawa. The tracks are based around samples of the three principal drumming styles within rumba - guaganco, yambu, and colombia - that were recorded during Peterson’s stay in Cuba. Arocena’s vocals also feature, most notably on the beautiful track from 22a label head Tenderlonius, entitled ‘Rumba Tierna’.  

Havana Club Rumba Sessions is released on March 11 via Brownswood Recordings, and you can catch the documentary throughout February at the ICA, the Lexi in Kensal Rise, and the Phoenix in East Finchley. Check out the trailer below:

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10th Worldwide Music Awards 2015, January 17

Posted on December 16th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Gilles Peterson’s annual music celebration returns to London’s KOKO on January 17 with performances from Orlando Julius*, The Heliocentrics and Clap! Clap!

*Orlando Julius has had to unfortunately pull out of his UK trip.

Now in its tenth year, the Worldwide Awards is a celebration of the finest emerging talent and an opportunity to re-introduce veterans of the scene. BBC 6Music presenter and Brownswood Records founder, Gilles Peterson, continues to be a purveyor of new global sounds and the eight-hour awards show is an opportunity to champion the best artists from the past year.

Notable performances at this year’s show include Afrobeat pioneer Orlando Julius & the Heliocentrics, whose Jaiyede Afro was a Top of the World in issue #103, and Italian producer Clap! Clap! whose use of field-recording sampling and signature percussive drive culminated in one of 2014’s best albums. Other artists include renowned saxophonist Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra) and Brooklyn-based producer Taylor McFerrin.

There is also a public vote to decide the Album of the Year and The Footpatrol Track of the Year accolades. Register your vote here. Tickets for the event and more information can be found at

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December 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on December 3rd, 2014 in Live, Music Travel, News by .

As the festive season draws ever closer, there are still a great deal of fantastic gigs to be seen that aren’t pre-occupied with carols and figgy pudding. 

Here’s a shortlist of the top ten gigs this December.


Rodrigo y Gabriela


The unfathomably talented Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela return to the UK for six dates this winter. They will showcase their new album 9 Dead Alive, and judging by their storming set on Glastonbury’s pyramid stage this summer it’s definitely not one to miss!

Where & When: Across the UK, Nov 30-Dec 6 More info


Cuban Classics: A Night In Havana


An evening of classical Cuban music will star young concert pianist Marcus Madrigal, who will be playing alongside tango songstress Ann Liebeck (pictured), and Omar Puente, a bright Cuban jazz violinist. The concert will include pieces by Manuel de FallaErnesto Lecuona, and Enrique Granados.

Where & When: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Dec 2 More info




This month is the tenth anniversary of the wonderful British-Indian ensemble Tarang. The young group have had pieces commissioned for them by such esteemed composers as Gaurav Mazumdar and Tarun Bhattacharya (pictured), and this evening’s celebrations include some pieces composed specifically for the occasion.

Where & When: Purcell Room, London, Dec 5 More info


Susheela Raman


The intimate surroundings of Turner Sims in Southampton plays host to the exquisite Susheela Raman this December. She plays as part of a quartet that includes Aref Durvesh on tablaKartik Raghunathan (violin), and Sam Mills (guitar). Her album Queen Between was a highlight of the year, so be sure to catch her last UK concert in 2014.

Where & When: Turner Sims, Southampton, Dec 5 More info


The Great British Folk Festival


This year’s stellar line-up for the annual affair in Skegness includes BellowheadThe Full English, and Capercaillie. There is also a performance from Jethro Tull’s guitarist Martin Barre and his band.

Where & When: Butlins Holiday Park, Skegness, Dec 5-8 More info




If you’re one for a quiet evening in then the modern Klezmer powerhouse Tantz may not be for you! However, if you’re up for blistering tempos, cascading string lines, and some good-old foot stomping then look no further! The Leeds based group play four dates across the UK this December.

Where & When: Across the UK, Dec 5-13 More info


Auntie Flo


Glaswegian DJ Auntie Flo launched his Highlife label back in 2010 and has gone from strength to strength since. These days he’s regularly accompanied at his high-energy shows by South African drummer Esa. Catch him at three dates across the UK, which includes a performance at London’s Plastic People alongside Axel Boman.

Where & When: Across the UK, Dec 12-19 More info


Just Jam


Following the last minute cancellation of the originally proposed performance earlier this year, Just Jam is set to go ahead at the Barbican. Headed up by the Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman (pictured), the eclectic line-up features grime artists JME and Big Narstie, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, and Libson-based DJ Maboku.

Where & When: Barbican Centre, London, Dec 13 More info


Canto, Ritmo y Baile de Latinoamerica: Celebrating a Continent’s Love for Dance


Further north on the very same evening, and entirely different affair is taking place. Mestisa are a yorkshire based Latin-American folk quartet and will be playing a variety of musics from the continent. This concert is part of the University of Leeds Concert Series, and is free for under 16s.

Where & When: Clothworkers Centenary Workers Hall, Leeds, Dec 13 More info


Gilles Peterson


Who better to spend your New Year’s Eve with than the musical polymath Gilles Peterson? Having turned the Bedroom Bar into a Cuban haven at the launch of his latest Havana Cultura album last month, he’s sure to get the heart racing with the finest selections right through to the early hours. He will be supported by Simbad, a fellow DJ from Brownswood who helped co-produce the new Havana Cultura project.

Where & When: The Prince of Wales, Brixton, Dec 31 More info


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New issue (July, #101) on sale now!

Posted on June 6th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Susheela Raman, Gilles Peterson and Martin & Eliza Carthy

The July 2014 (#101) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 15-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by BBC Asian Network’s DJ Nihal.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Welsh folkers 9Bach, Brazilian experimentalists Metá Metá and Sudanese soul sister, Alsarah & The Nubatones.

This issue also includes…

• Susheela Raman – Peter Culshaw talks to the British-Asian singer about her new album and her reputation of musical boundary crossing.
• Gilles Peterson – Russ Slater talks to the BBC DJ and music aficionado about how his Brazilian love affair for the impetus for his latest project and release, Sonzeira.
• Martin & Eliza Carthy – Despite years of performing together, the father-daughter duo have never recorded an album together, until now.
• The Sound of Siam – As the second volume of classic Thai hits is released by Soundway Records, John Clewley explores the funky tones of rural north-east Thailand.
• The Boomerang Project – An ambitious tri-nation project involving Aboriginal, Maori and Scottish artists, who are headed to the Commonwealth Games this summer.

• Beginner’s Guide to Finland’s extraordinary accordionist, Kimmo Pohjonen, who turns 50 this year.
• Festival Pass: MIMO, Brazil.
• My World: A playlist and interview with BBC’s DJ Nihal.
• Introducing… Forabandit and Molotov Jukebox.
• Spotlight on Cambridge Folk Festival.
• Quick Fire: Dom Flemons, and Anna Phoebe
• What’s new, including World City Music Village, ¡VAMOS! Festival, and Aldeburgh Festival
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and world cinema releases.

Buy the new issue here.

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