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Jude Kelly announces resignation from Southbank Centre to lead Women of the World

Posted on January 18th, 2018 in Recent posts by .

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Jude Kelly, CBE and artistic director at London’s Southbank Centre, has announced she will leave her current role in order to lead the global development of Women of the World Festival

Since joining the Southbank Centre in 2006, Jude Kelly has maintained the belief that art should be available to all, not just a privileged few. Through her bold programming and artistic vision, she has ensured the venue remains welcoming to all; over 26 million people visit the centre each year.

During her time as artistic director, Kelly has overseen a diverse array of projects, including Africa Utopia, Alchemy (celebrating the arts and culture of South Asia), Nordic Matters, classical and contemporary music festival The Rest is Noise, BAM: Being a Man, Imagine Children’s Festival and more. In 2015 she was awarded a CBE for services to the arts.

Perhaps her most notable achievement to date, however, has been founding WOW: Women of the World Festival in 2010. Now a global movement, the festival has been held 43 times, spreading to over 23 countries and across six continents. Comprised of theatre, talks, activism and more, the festival celebrates the talent, history and potential of females in all fields, while also underlining the barriers which continue to hinder the achievement of gender equality. Kelly plans to lead the further global development of WOW.

Read Jo Frost’s interview with Jude Kelly, and hear her exclusive Songlines playlist in the August/September 2017 issue (#130).

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London International Arts Festival 2017

Posted on October 31st, 2017 in Recent posts by .

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The sixth edition of the London International Arts Festival (LIAF) is back to celebrate the rich cultures of four landmark music venues in London

The London International Arts Festival, presented by Dhruv Arts, will run from November 1-7, with concerts taking place across Kings Place, Rich Mix, Redbridge Town Hall and Vortex. LIAF is curated by the South Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, a Songlines Music Awards 2017 nominee for her collaboration with the Bollywood Brass Band. The festival aims to provide a platform for up and coming artists in the capital as well as host premier world music artists.

The line-up is set to include:

Trilok Gurtu + Raga Garage
York/Thornston/Khan + Kefaya Trio
Prince Rama Varma + Ashnaa Sasikaran + Padmashri Prof Dr Yella Venkateshwara Rao + Santhoshi Nair + Mangala Anand + Dhruv Choir
Quest Collective + Fran & Flora
Cleveland Watkiss presents Vocalsuite
Myriad presented by Bernhard Schimpelsberger and Chris Gall

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La Linea Festival returns to London, featuring Orkesta Mendoza, António Zambujo, Totó La Momposina and more

Posted on April 13th, 2017 in Live by .

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Orkesta Mendoza, António Zambujo and Totó La Momposina are set to appear at this year’s La Linea Festival in London

The London Latin Music Festival, La Linea, founded by ¡Como No! has built a firm reputation as one of the world’s most unique celebrations of South American music since its inception in 2001. The annual event returns for its 17th year this April, hosting an eclectic range of artists in a number of venues spread out across the capital.

The festival will feature the fiery Orkesta Mendoza, who will bring their unique cultural fusion of cumbia, mambo, indie and rock’n’roll to Rich Mix on April 21. Portuguese singer and guitarist António Zambujo is also set to make a welcome return to La Linea, bringing the Chico Buarque songbook to London for the first time; catch him at Cadogan Hall on April 21. The legendary Totó La Momposina will also take to the stage at Cadogan Hall on April 28 in a rare UK appearance, representing the music of Columbia’s Caribbean coastline.

La Linea will take place between April 18-29 2017.

 

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Top of the World: She’Koyokh – Wild Goats & Unmarried Women

Posted on May 22nd, 2014 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

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Words by Garth Cartwright

TUG1080London klezmer band get it right in the studio

She’Koyokh have carved out a reputation as one of the UK’s brightest world music bands. These young Londoners effortlessly blend vernacular music from Turkey, the Balkans and Eastern Europe to create a very exciting whole. Klezmer is at the root of She’Koyokh’s sound and ‘Der Filosof/Flatbush Waltz’ is a lovely slice of soulful klezmer sung by tuba player Paul Tkachenko. But rather than endlessly play variations on klezmer tunes, they have expanded their sound into a rich tapestry. In concert, She’Koyokh are never less than brilliant yet their previous studio albums have often felt a little stiff, as if the band freeze up without an audience. Wild Goats & Unmarried Women finds them raising their game, sounding more organic, unhurried, looser and more dynamic.

As ever, the interplay between these eight musicians is superb – clarinettist Susi Evans, guitarist Matt Bacon and violinist Meg-Rosaleen Hamilton weave intricate, complex melodies over an impressive rhythm section, while vocalist Çiğdem Aslan (whose debut album Mortissa was one of Songlines’ picks of 2013) sings with mournful beauty on tunes such as ‘Moj Dilbere’ and ‘Teke Zortlatmasi’. The only improvement I can imagine to the band’s sound would involve them further exploring the more psychedelic, trance-like elements of their music – Balkan raga rock drones. But Wild Goats… remains a hugely enjoyable listen.

Track to Try: ‘Moj Dilbere’

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