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Album Review: Claudia Aurora – Mulher do Norte – A gem of an album

The sleeve notes have an unusual credit: jewellery by Antonio Goncalves. Why would it say that, I thought, there are only a couple of pictures with the album. And then you notice the one gorgeous earring not ostentatiously but obviously … Continue reading

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Album Review: Reem Kelani – Live At The Tabernacle – a live album with a vengeance.

It seems like British-Palestinian singer Reem Kelani ought to be on her fourth or fifth album, such is the intensity of her artistic vision. But no, this is only her second, following a 10-year gap since Sprinting Gazelle. That doesn’t … Continue reading

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Album Review: London Klezmer Quartet – To the Tavern – Intimate and Expressive

What a great listen! This is London Klezmer Quartet’s fourth album. Having followed their progress though a few different line ups, and with initial curiousity about how quite a minimal band would interpret often wild Jewish klezmer music, it’s great … Continue reading

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Album Review: Cardboard Fox – Out of Mind – Fresh and joyous!

I was lucky to meet this young Bath-based band at a festival in London Ontario Canada (July 2016). I love this CD a lot and I’m wondering why I don’t listen to this kind of music more often. What do … Continue reading

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Live Review: Mimika – Divinities of the Earth and The Waters

Mimika is a rare beast. An 18-piece jazz big band. Even rarer, a big band playing original progressive music and songs with Balkan roots. They’ve set themselves quite a target. I’m not sure who’s going to book them for a … Continue reading

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Film Review – Lamb by Yared Zeleke: What’s not to like?

Being selected as a first Ethiopian language film to premiere at Cannes is always going to create a lot of hype, so I went to see Lamb at BFI London Film Festival with high expectations, but at the same time … Continue reading

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Album Review – Adana by Vardan Hovanissian and Emre G├╝ltekin – Waiting for the snow to melt.

As is so often the case, musicians are ahead of the social curve, sharing a mutual language that transcends unforgiving nationalisms. In the case of this beautiful CD – entitled Adana after the city on the Turkish Eastern Mediterrean, which … Continue reading

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