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Live Review | Tony Allen at Village Underground, London, Nov 20

Posted on December 8th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Words by Valentina Monsurrò

As part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014, Afrobeat legend Tony Allen performed with his band at Village Underground in Shoreditch on Thursday November 20. 

The event was sold out and was certainly one of the most awaited and exciting Afrobeat events in London this year. The evening opened with Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa playing their energetic blend of Moroccan and Senegalese music with jazz and rock influences. The atmosphere warmed up quickly and the venue was completely full by 9pm, when Tony Allen and his band took the stage. Widely known for his career with Fela Kuti and Africa 70, Tony Allen is considered the master drummer of Afrobeat. Since the beginning of his solo career he has been pushing the boundaries of the genre, delving into electronica, dub, R&B and funk.

The band consisted of drums, percussions, guitar, bass, keyboards and horns, and their performance was solid and enthralling; the audience was captivated by the funky grooves of the guitars and the blaring saxophones. Interacting with the other musicians rather than throwing himself into the intricate drum parts, Allen created hypnotic grooves and atmospheres, letting the music do the talking on the stage. The band played longer than expected, stretching from past hits such as ‘No Discrimination’, to more recent tunes from Allen’s latest album Film of Life, such as ‘Tiger Skip’, which opened the gig, ‘Koko Dance’ and ‘Boat Journey’.

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Live | Lau at the Barbican, November 22

Posted on November 19th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


The award-winning Scottish trio Lau take to the stage at London’s Barbican this Saturday

2014 has been a very busy year indeed for Aidan O’Rourke (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 Musician of the Year winner), Kris Drever and Martin Green. Lau-Land, a collaborative music event curated by the group, extends its reach across various locations in the UK and the group are recording a new album in December, due for release in early 2015. Between November 27-29, Lau-Land travels north to Edinburgh, with performances from Lau & the Elysian Quartet, Capercaillie and Joan As Police Woman.

Their appearance at the Barbican is part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, and the trio will be joined by Norwegian jazz pioneer Bugge Wesseltoft, German electronica producer Henrik Schwarz and Dan Berglund (bass).

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Angélique Kidjo returns to London, November 14

Posted on November 7th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


The indomitable spirit of Africa returns to the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall for a special performance as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival

Next Friday (November 14) award-winning singer and UN Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo will perform songs from her album Eve (a Top of the World in #98), which was dedicated to ‘the women of Africa.

The Beninese singer will be joined by guests including Nigerian-French singer Asa and Mike King’s female choir. Support comes from Ibeyi, 19-year-old French Cuban twins, Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Díaz, who have recently signed to XL Recordings and are the daughters of prolific Cuban percussionist, Anga Díaz. Watch the video for their single ‘Oya’ below.

Angélique Kidjo’s performance is part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. Other artists playing at the festival throughout November include Abdullah Ibrahim, Lau, Hijaz and the Branford Marsalis Quartet.

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