Posts Tagged ‘Hugh Masekela’

Lokkhi Terra live at Floridita on May 8

Posted on May 4th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Don’t miss the world’s best Afro-beat-Cuban-Bangladeshi group play London’s Floridita

Lokkhi Terra, one of London’s best kept secrets, is a music project created by UK/Bangladeshi musician Kishon Khan – combining Bangladeshi music traditions with those from Africa and Latin America and creating a sound that can truly be called ‘world music.’

The band line-up boasts a team full of musicians renowned for their authentic playing of different world traditions. Alongside Kishon Khan (Hugh Masekela, Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura) the ensemble features the British Asian percussionist Pandit Dinesh, Bellowhead’s Justin ThurgurGraeme Flowers (Kyle Eastwood), Cuban maestro percussionist Oreste Noda (Ska Cubano) on congas and fellow Cuban, bassist Jimmy Martinez (Asere) alongside Phil Dawson (Hugh Masekela, Tony Allen) and Turkish drummer Tansay Omar (Bjork). 

Lokkhi Terra are also performing at the Songlines Encounters Festival on June 8 at London’s Kings Place. Click here for tickets.

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Guest Blog: Singer-songwriter Adjoa Owusu discusses music and food

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

World Food Night takes place this coming Friday (February 22) in association with Refugee Action. UK singer-songwriter Adjoa Owusu discusses her relationship with music and food through her Ghanaian roots

Born in the UK to Ghanaian parents, food and music have both been an important way for me to connect with my heritage. I grew up with a wonderful array of Ghanaian food around me; everything from jollof rice, a savory rice dish with meat and vegetables, to a huge variety of soups and stews.

These accompany starchy foods such as rice, fufu which is made from ingredients like pounded yam and plantain; or kenke, a dish made from fermented corn dough wrapped in corn leaves. Living in a global city like London means that you are surrounded by a myriad of cultures so I enjoy finding common traits and fusing these influences with Ghanaian cooking to give it my own unique slant.

“Refugee Action’s World Food Night is such a great way to celebrate the universal language of food and music…”

Like cooking, my music also fuses different influences. In Ghana, the local music and culture had a huge impact on me. I taught myself the piano, which I learnt in the UK from as early as I can remember; and many Twi gospel songs alongside English songs. Creating vocal harmonies to Twi songs was also a big passion. So it felt completely natural to fuse Ghanaian influences with my live soul performances.

As a language graduate and enthusiast, languages always find their way into my music. That’s why supporting Refugee Action’s World Food Night is such a great way to celebrate the universal language of food and music; and how it can bring people from all backgrounds together.

My musicians have worked with Ghanaian bands including Osibisa, KonKoma, as well as artists like Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine and Beverley Knight. It was an honour to sing the Twi version of the Ghanaian national anthem with leading Ghanaian musician Alfred ‘Kari’ Bannerman for the launch of the 50th anniversary of the Ghanaian Independence celebrations in the UK at City Hall. Creating tracks for my new EP on my own label Cinnamon Sounds gave me the exciting opportunity to bring all these diverse elements together in the studio.

 

Adjoa’s new EP is available at www.adjoa.bandcamp.com and www.adjoa.co.uk

In association with Bona Fide Studios and Platforma Arts.

To find out how to get involved with World Food Night click here or read about the event in our feature in the current issue of Songlines (March 2013, #90, p42).

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Back2Black Festival comes to London to celebrate African creativity

Posted on June 18th, 2012 in News by .

The acclaimed Brazilian festival Back2Black – founded in Rio de Janeiro in 2009 – comes to London’s atmospheric Old Billingsgate market on the weekend of June 29-July 1 for three days of the cream of black musical and cultural talent in a celebration of African roots in music and culture.

Part of the London 2012 Festival, the event is held over three stages of live music and is hosted by and stars the legendary Brazilian musical and cultural figure Gilberto Gil. He presides over a veritable who’s who of African and African diaspora talent. There is Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté in his latest cross-cultural collaboration with Brazilian rock legends Arnaldo Artunes and Edgard Scandurra.

Other Malian delights include Amadou & Mariam, Vieux Farka Touré and the rising star Fatoumata Diawara. The African legends also include South African jazzman Hugh Masekela, Nigerian Afro-beat hair Femi Kuti and veteran Ethio-jazz master Mulatu Astatke in collaboration with Brazilian hip-hop-soul star Criolo.

Top names from the diaspora include US soul legend Macy Gray, UK dub-hip-hop star Roots Manuva, Brazilian MPB samba-rocker Jorge Ben Jor and the Jamaican dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson.

The Back2Black festival has been staged for three successful years at the stunning setting of the disused Leopoldina railway station in Rio, and will return there again on August 24-26 after this first foray outside of Brazil.

Don’t forget to check out our Back2Black sampler CD that comes free with our last issue June 2012 (#84). You can still order copies of the issue here.

For more information, please visit: www.back2blackfestival.com.br

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Back2Black Festival

Posted on April 23rd, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Photo by Joao Wainer

Back2Black Festival, a celebration of the African roots in music and culture, is coming to town as part of the London 2012 festivities and will take place in Old Billingsgate Market in East London from June 29 to July 1.

Launched in Rio de Janeiro in 2009, the annual festival has established itself as one of the foremost cultural events in Brazil. Back2Black explores new ways of presenting music and aims to entertain, raise awareness and further cultural exchange, bringing Brazil back in touch with its African heritage. 

This first London Back2Black festival features an impressive line-up and emphasises UK-African connections and communities including Afro-Caribbean artists and brings together a heady mix of different traditions and musical genres. Artists include Gilberto Gil (pictured), Hugh Masekela, Toumani Diabaté, Marcelo D2, Roots Manuva, Amadou & Mariam, Fatoumata Diawara, and Macy Gray to name a just a few. 

The festival is produced by the Barbican, Zoocom Events and Serious and will also include talks, debates, exhibitions, drumming displays and workshops involving young musicians from East London and the Pracatum School from Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

For more information or to book your tickets, visit the Back2Black Festival website

 

Be sure to check out our Back2Black Festival Sampler bonus CD in the next issue (#84 June 2012, on sale April 27).

 

 

 

 

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