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BBC 6music Celebrates African Music Weekend

Posted on January 13th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


BBC 6Music Celebrates African Music this weekend

BBC 6Music are to dedicate an entire weekend (January 17-19) to playing music from across the continent of Africa. Presenters and guests will play their favourite tunes from African artists in recognition and celebration of African music. Gideon Coe, Rita Ray, Tom Ravenscroft, Mary Anne Hobbs, and Songlines columnist Cerys Matthews will join Tom Robinson in encouraging the station’s listeners to create their own Africa-inspired playlist on his Now Playing @6Music show.

Mali Music, a new documentary presented by Gemma Cairney, will be the main focus of the event. It will include a look at Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project where Malian musicians joined together with Western artists like Brian Eno, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, and Ghostpoet in a musical fusion of styles.

Mali Music will air on 6Music on Sunday January 19 at 1pm-2pm. 

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Steve Knightley named Songwriter of the Nineties

Posted on September 26th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

Steve Knightley and Phil Beer - Show of Hands Show of Hands frontman Steve Knightley has been named the ‘Songwriter of the Nineties’ by BBC 6Music broadcaster and songwriter Tom Robinson on Steve Lamacq’s Rock College show. Knightley’s nomination follows that of Dylan, Bowie and Prince for the 60, 70s and 80s in a search to find the best songwriters of the last few decades.

Robinson said that the pop world had splintered into countless new genres in the 90s and the evolution of the music industry meant that, “by the 90s no one songwriter would ever again influence the whole future direction of popular music – but this also meant that for artists at the lower end of the food chain, DIY was now a viable career option.”

For Robinson, Knightley personifies the DIY 90s having built “a vast array of fans, touring relentlessly, by-passing big cities and the entire music industry” before finally making a London debut in 1996 at the Royal Albert Hall. Robinson recalls his first encounter with Knightley and multi-instrumental wizard Phil Beer’s tight folk duo, Show of Hands. They were the supporting act on a UK tour with Robinson: “In the interval they set up a CD stall and relieved our audience of all their spare cash plus money they didn’t have, having thoughtfully brought a credit card machine with them!”
Show of Hands have just sold out the Royal Albert for the fourth time, following on from a double win at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.” (Best Duo and Original Song for ‘Arrogance Ignorance and Greed’). Their latest album Wake the Union, marking the 20th year of Knightley and Beer’s incredible partnership, is released October 15, featuring 11 new Knightley songs.
Hear the segment on Steve Lamacq’s Rock College show at 33 mins in here:


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