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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Middle Eastern Frequencies

The vibrant experimental music scenes across the MENA region continue to inspire and innovate on their own terms, despite the instability around them. Oli Warwick finds out more

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Ian Brennan's Hidden Tales

A selection of excerpts from this new book, collecting stories behind some of the most singular albums that we have had the privilege of hearing

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Fruko: A Beginner's Guide

A one-man tropical orchestra generator, there can be few musicians who have left a bigger imprint on their country’s music than Fruko. Silvia Rothlisberger tracks down the Colombian bandleader

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Los Tigres del Norte | Fireside Stories

Los Tigres del Norte emerged in the 1960s with a new take on Mexican storytelling. Their tales of migration and hardship have become increasingly relevant with every passing year

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Toumani Diabaté and Ballaké Sissoko: 21 Strings

With Toumani and Ballaké’s epochal New Ancient Strings to be reissued for its 25th anniversary, we speak to Lucy Durán, the album’s producer, about the unique recording and her documentary tracing the history of the kora

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Les Amazones d’Afrique: Taking the Crown

Feminist supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique mark a decade of existence this year, with a new release to celebrate. Jane Cornwell talks politics, power and positivity with the current line-up. “Women are suffocating. We want them to breathe,” they tell her.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

The Mary Wallopers: Dundalk and disorderly

Annoying RTÉ, dissing the rich and staying true to Dundalk: Charles Hendy tells Emma Rycroft about The Mary Wallopers’ rise to the top. “Throughout my enjoyment of music, I’ve liked stuff that was probably done wrong,” he confides

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