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Songlines Music Awards 2013 Winners’ Concert Highlights

Posted on January 29th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


On December 13 the second annual Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert took place at London’s Barbican Centre. All four winners – Angélique Kidjo, Lo’Jo, Dub Colossus Dub Band and Mokoomba – took to the stage in what was yet another memorable night in the Songlines calendar.

Watch highlights from the evening below, including awards presentations from special guests Justin Adams, Shingai Shoniwa (the Noisettes), DJ Nihal and the ambassador of Ethiopia to the UK, His Excellency Berhanu Kebede.

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Oliver Mtukudzi at London’s IndigO2, August 17

Posted on August 29th, 2012 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

On Friday, August 17 the legendary ‘King of Zimbabwean music’ Oliver Mtukudzi headlined the HOZA 2012 show at London’s IndigO2. 

The HOZA 2012 initiative was put together in order to showcase the best musical talent from southern Africa during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The line-up included the fabulous talent of London-based singer Cynthia Mare and Zimbabwean mbira player and singer Busi Ncube among others as the warm-up.

The crowd was sadly thin, but Ncube had the modest crowd up and dancing before Mtukudzi hit the stage. Based in Oslo, Ncube sings in six different languages and has recorded 13 albums during her career, making her an impressive warm-up act.

As Mtukudzi launched into his set, he was immediately greeted by excited applause and cheering. His husky voice and acoustic guitar sound haven’t changed much over the years and he clearly demonstrated why he is still one of southern Africa’s biggest stars. His performance was stellar, but his dancing was brilliant. Mtukudzi may not be the spring chicken he was when he became famous in the late 70s, but he can still move!

Before the anticipated encore, Mtukudzi was presented with an honorary award for his service to music and charity. First, however, the audience was forced to listen to a lengthy introduction to American boxer Evander Holyfield, who was to present the award. The increasingly bored crowd started chanting “Tuku! Tuku!” and the award ceremony was hastily hurried along.

As an electrifying finale, Mtukudzi and his band were joined on stage by Shingai Shoniwa, of Noisettes fame. The Zimbabwean-born rising rock star said of Mtukudzi: ‘I grew up listening to a lot of Tuku music and watching his evocative acting performance in the women’s rights movie Neria. I am honoured and humbled to be afforded the opportunity to stand next to the great music giant. That alone to me is a dream come true.’ 

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Africa Express Sound System at The Great Escape

Posted on April 18th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Africa Express Sound System (AESS) will be performing at the Brighton Dome on May 12 for the Great Escape 2012

Taking place over 30 venues in Brighton, and known for being the leading festival for new music, the Great Escape is the perfect setting for Africa Express.  The AESS project brings together the best and brightest musicians from Africa and the West to collaborate in hugely-acclaimed one-off shows. 

May’s performance will include Senegalese kora maestro Diabel Cissoko, South African DJ and producer Spoek Mathambo, frontman of Reverend and the Makers John McClure, Ghanaian hip-hop pioneer M3NSA, Noisettes frontwoman Shingai Shoniwa, legendary singer-songwriter Terri Walker, and DJ and producer Thristian ‘bpm’. 

Jesse Hackett of Gorillaz fame acts at the musical director for AESS. He says, ‘Africa Express has been a truly life changing experience.  Since Mali in 2006 it’s had a profound effect on me spiritually and musically. Each trip brought a new mind blowing set of sensations, musical inspiration and weird and wonderful times. My love for African music the people and the continent has grown steadily. It is a great honour to have met all these brilliant musicians and seen these places in my life. Becoming musical director for the Africa express sound system is an honour and  will hopefully give me a opportunity to let some of this crazy collection of experience flow through the music along with the brilliant band we have assembled…

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