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2012/12/28

Rainlore's World of Music will become simply Rainlore's World in the New Year, with a subtext of '- Music, Arts & Letters.' This is in order to reflect the much broader spectrum the site has come to include over the years. Over the next year or two, a thorough revamp of the site is hoped to be carried out to take this into account and to simplify the site and make it more user-friendly too. For the time being, the domain will remain the same. Comments and suggestions always welcome.

Now to the beef! Reviews of one fantastic album and one superlative gig.

Abdou Diop's Nootee is an outstanding album that puts a new slant on music from Senegal, tastefully blending the traditions of the south of the country with modernity. A superb singer as well as songwriter, Diop's album is just fan-tas-tic and a must!

Then, a gig starring the British Queen of Chanson and Cabaret, Bethany Jameson - Petit Café De Paris Live At The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1, Friday 7th December 2012. A sensational show, sensationally illustrated by outstanding artist Alban Low! Things really don't get any better than this. And latest news is that Ms. Jameson's cabarets are to become a regular feature at the Green Note, so keep checking for the next date and book early!

Don't forget Alban Low, currently artist-in-residence at Twickfolk, Twickenham, will be having an exhibition, Art of Folk, from 6pm on Sunday 27th January 2013 at Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd., Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Admission is free, and music is provided by Alan Franks from 7pm to put you even more in the mood! An event not to be missed! Low is renowned for his illustrations of gigs (inc. some he has already kindly done for this site!), album artwork as well as animations, including commissions for the BBC. In the meantime, you can find out more about his amazing work and download a catalogue of posters and prints at Alban Low's web site.

And don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio or podcast on iTunes once it returns in the New Year after a well deserved Festive Season break! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! AWiL 68's available now, a fab X'mas Special!

World Greek/Afro/Jazz Fusion band Terryazoome are 'thinking about' their next album, Wasa Mata. Please, get on with it then, we can hardly wait here!

Happy New Year!

 

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2012/12/19

More absolute sensations! Reviews of a sensational gig, and a sensational album.

The gig was Burton Bradstock - Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Saturday 1st December 2012. And if his album launch gig at The Pizza just recently blew the mind, this one perhaps even topped that! And all this upon a rather unlovely winter's eve - but worth putting up with the cold for, easily. Traditional English folk songs as you haven't heard them before. Ever! Something for everyone, folkie or jazzer, young and old.

Then, Marvin B. Naylor's The Stargazer's Symphonium is a singer-sonwriter album that is just out of this world! An enormous talent, as well on the 12-string guitar, is emerging and waiting to be discovered. This album is just amazing, and it's about time Naylor got himself onto the London scene! You just have to hear this album.

And don't forget Alban Low, currently artist-in-residence at Twickfolk, Twickenham, will be having an exhibition, Art of Folk, from 6pm on Sunday 27th January 2013 at Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd., Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Admission is free, and music is provided by Alan Franks from 7pm to put you even more in the mood! An event not to be missed! Low is renowned for his illustrations of gigs (inc. some he has already kindly done for this site!), album artwork as well as animations, including commissions for the BBC. In the meantime, you can find out more about his amazing work and download a catalogue of posters and prints at Alban Low's web site.

And don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio or podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! AWiL 67's available now, 68 soon.

Finally, a repeat of last week's 'service announcement.' Rainlore's World of Music has, over the years, branched out as it were and also come to include literary reviews, as well as so far occasional TV, film, and fine art reviews. In order to reflect this greater inclusivity, the site will undergo a minor name change in the New Year, although the domain will remain the same at least for the foreseeable future. A major revamp of the site will then take place over the next year or two, which will hopefully also improve the whole visitor experience. Comments and suggestions are most welcome via the feedback form.

A Happy Festive Season and A Happy New Year!

 

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2012/12/13

If a tad late, definitely worth waiting for is the review of an amazing album. One of the most exciting 'world music' albums of the year comes from Mavrika and their eponymous debut Mavrika. Pound for pound, it's one of the most compelling albums this year. An absolute must for all rembetika fans and those that want to discover this fabulous music in an addictive modernised idiom! Ooh yeah babe, give me more!

Alban Low, who has kindly provided illustrations for a number of gigs reviewed here already, is currently artist-in-residence at Twickfolk, Twickenham, and will be having an exhibition, Art of Folk, from 6pm on Sunday 27th January 2013 at Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Rd., Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Admission is free, and music is provided by Alan Franks from 7pm to put you even more in the mood! An event not to be missed! Low is renowned for his illustrations of gigs, album artwork as well as animations, including commissions for the BBC. In the meantime, you can find out more about his amazing work and download a catalogue of posters and prints at Alban Low's web site.

And don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio or podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! AWiL 66's available now, 67 shortly.

Finally, a 'service announcement.' Rainlore's World of Music has, over the years, branched out as it were and also come to include literary reviews, as well as so far occasional TV, film, and fine art reviews. In order to reflect this greater inclusivity, the site will undergo a minor name change in the New Year, although the domain will remain the same at least for the foreseeable future. A major revamp of the site will then take place over the next year or two, which will hopefully also improve the whole visitor experience. Comments and suggestions are most welcome via the feedback form.

A Happy Festive Season and A Happy New Year!

 

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2012/11/27

Sorry, no, no Rolling Stones review - Mick J. obviously forgot to arrange for the AAA press tix. And he's such a nice boy, really. Ah well...

Instead, we have four other reviews - a fab gig, two great albums, one of which a vinyl, and a superb fine art exhibition. The gig was the legendary Najma Akhtar In Concert At The Cockpit, Marylebone, London NW8, Sunday 11th November 2012. No fusion this time, but a rare presentation of ghazals, sufi songs, some semi-classical and some old Bollywood. Ahh, the magic...! Can still remember the first time I heard her back in the 80s and the impact of that voice!

The vinyl LP is Burton Bradstock's All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day (Vinyl LP Version) - it definitely warranted a separate review from the CD! A different beast, somehow... A beautiful melding of traditional English folk song and contemporary jazz that cannot fail to appeal to folkies, jazzers and general 'world music' fans alike.

The fine art review is in the shape of Ed Gray - Ebb & Flow Exhibition, Dixie Queen, Butlers Wharf, Tower Bridge, London 11th November 2011. Gray is the artist behind the cover art for Burton Bradstock's album All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day. And there, of course, is the musical connection! A spectacular show, and a richly illustrated review. London in all its multicultural glory, too!

Last but by no means least, there's Music Pilgrim Trio's Spanning The Globe, an album that's almost all over the place, culturally and geographically speaking. A colourful, spicy potpourri that takes in Latin, Russian, Jewish, and more!

Also, don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! AWiL 64's available already.

And, regardless of whether you're a film fan or not, you ought to read Sarah Gillespie's acutely perceptive review of Ben Affleck's thriller Argo! Titled Argo and The Iranian Savage - a Film Review, there are lies, more lies, and more propaganda - the film, that is, and Ms. Gillespie's review should be a real eye-opener!

And finally, you might want to have a look at Yani Haigh's video Help is On the Way, using Rich Siegel's song of that title from his excellent album, The Way To Peace. It's an excellent video about solidarity with Gaza in the wake of the recent renewed savagery perpetrated by Israel. Go on folks, let's make this go viral!

In other news, some fab gigs that you'd probably have to be stark raving mad to miss. First, this Saturday 1st December, there's Burton Bradstock at The Forge Venue in Camden Town, London NW1, but you'd better book fast! This is part of The Forge's The English Songbook series.

Then, on Thursday 6th December you'd be forgiven for doubting your sanity for missing Gabrielle Ducomble giving a fresh interpretation to classic songs by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astor Piazzolla in her Pizza Express Soho debut, with Nicolas Meier (Guitar), Julian Ferraretto (Violin), Dan Teper (Accordion/|Piano), Nick Kacal (Double Bass), and Saleem Raman (Drums). Book early for this extravaganza of chansons, Argentine tango and more! You'll never forget that incredible voice!

And Friday 7th December, you might want to cast aspersions upon your sanity again if you were to miss an evening of fabulous French chansons starring Anglo-French cabaret chanteuse Bethany Jameson with aclaimed accordionist Claudio Allodi and fabulous virtuoso violinist from Cabaret Vérité, Declan Daly, in Petit Café de Paris. They'll also be in Camden Town, at The Green Note. But hurry - you want to avoid disappointment don't you?

 

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2012/11/16

Definitely worth waiting for, reviews of a stunning, sensational gig, and a kick-ass album. Plus, lots of other news of course.

Probably the gig of the year comes in the form of Burton Bradstock - All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day Album Launch At The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, 30th October 2012. There aren't enough superlatives to describe Bradstock's performance! Breathing magical new life into traditional English folk songs in a jazz context, Bradstock manages to more than bridge the divide and will appeal equally to aficionados of jazz, folk, and world music! This music even has 'teen appeal!' And this review is illustrated with the amazing artwork of Alban Low!

The sensational album comes from Vusi Mahlasela and Say Africa. Southern African folk/singer-song-writer at its best! Although originally released in South Africa in 2011, this superlative album saw its UK release only this year. Why were we kept waiting?!

And don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! AWiL 63 should be available anytime now.

If you missed Burton Bradstock's fan-ta-bu-lous launch gig at The Pizza, reviewed above, there's another chance to catch him with the same line-up at The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, on Saturday 1st December. Book soon!

Here are some fab upcoming gigs courtesy of Kazum:
Sunday 18 November
ARA DINKJIAN QUARTET
London Jazz FestivalArmenian oud player Ara Dinkjian, long-time collaborator with stars Sezen Aksu and Eleftheria Arvanitaki and founding member with Arto Tuncboyacian of band Night Ark, has written some of the most beautiful tunes you'll ever hear.
Tickets are selling fast, don't wait to book yours.
@ Purcell Room of Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
http://t.ymlp204.net/jqmwagahebqatamwaxaubeuw/click.php

Wednesday 21 November
SHANTEL & BUCOVINA CLUB ORKESTAR
ROMANCE & ANARCHY TOUR
One of the biggest names on the Balkan scene is back with his full Bucovina Club Orkestar. Expect some new tunes as well as floor filling favourites, exstasy, anarchy and romance. OK all Kazumians, Kazumites, and Kazumis, this is our big show of the season, your presence is requested!
+ The Roustabouts
@ Village Underground Shoreditch
Holywell Lane E1
Details & Tickets
http://t.ymlp204.net/jqjsakahebqadamwalaubeuw/click.php

Saturday 24 November
MERIT ARIANNE & JALJALA
Merit Arianne sings the Arabic classics with her sultry oriental band. Songs from legends such Fairuz, Oum Kalthoum, Abedl Halim Hafez, with style and panache in a classy venue. Not discovered it yet?
@ The Forge Camden 3 Delancy Street NW1 7NL
Details &Tickets
http://t.ymlp204.net/jqjeadahebqagamwakaubeuw/click.php

Saturday 30 November
La Grand Fete
line up
A great Autumn line-up of African artists:
Krar Collective from Ethiopia, Muntu Valdo from Cameroon, Kasai Masai from Congo and, from Ghana, Afrik Bawantu. Gonna be a beautiful party!
@ Passing Clouds Dalston
Details & Tickets
http://t.ymlp204.net/jqjmapahebqapamwataubeuw/click.php

Across the pond, you can catch the final Cd release performance for Subterranea by Mehran Flamenco Quartet (MFQ) on Saturday November 24th at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Ill. 7 pm. Following this concert Mehran will be heading to Washington DC to do an extended interview on Voice of America (Persian) TV which will be broadcast to millions of Persians around the globe.

 

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2012/10/31

Two album reviews and a special feature this time. The former bring a double blast of chill nordic air in the form of two albums broadly from the 'world music' scene. From Finland, there's Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha's Yo Rovaniemella, although this might perhaps be better described as popular music of sorts. But have a look for yourself.

While from Norway, there's the Einar Olav Larsen Trio's Lysblain. Polkas and Waltzes and other dances galore, but in a modernised idiom, and plenty of fiddling too. Also a slightly strange concoction perhaps, but an interesting one...

Plus in a special feature the latest fabulous A World in London Episodes by the one and only DJ Ritu are caught up with! DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 51-60 Playlists And Links archives play again links and playlists. Almost right up to date, bar today's Episode 61. Some of the broadcast dates after 5th September may be slightly out and if necessary will be corrected ASAP.

And while on the topic, don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! AWiL 61 is about to go on air as I write.

If you missed the launch gig for Burton Bradstock's All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day at the Pizza Express Jazz Club last night, kick yourself! Very hard! A gig in a thousand, it not only had Jimmy Cannon (aka Burton Bradstock) on finest form bringing the album - reviewed last time - to fantastical life, but there was also superb support from the amazing folkish singer-songwriter band Lynia. And not only that, but you also missed being served up a free CD of All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day. If you didn't have it already. Plus, you would have had an opportunity to buy the limited edition vinyl LP version with its beautiful large artwork! However, fear not, all is not lost. The gig will be reviewed next time, replete with the splendid illustrations of artist Alban Low! And shortly, the vinyl LP album will also receive a separate review, which is very much warranted as you will see. In the meantime, grab the album, CD or vinyl, or best both!

 

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2012/10/18

Two albums and a 'Terry-fic' gig reviewed here this time. And as usual, other news as well. In strict alphabetical order, reviews are:

Burton Bradstock's All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day, a mind-blowing album of folk jazz that sensitively and successfully marries two unlikely bed fellows! Traditional English folk songs as contemporary jazz, and it should please both jazzers and folkies alike! Burton Bradstock is incidentally the alter ego of multi-instrumentalist, composer and big band leader Jimmy Cannon. To be released on the 29th, the album will be launched on 30th October at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, as part of the F-IRE Festival, but you better get your skates on as it's almost sold out already!

The gig is the 'Terry-fic' Terryazoome - Launch Of Their Album Xana Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Saturday 13th October 2012. Another marriage, this time of jazz and 'world music,' that could have been made in music heaven. The 'world music' aspect is mainly Greek, with African and Latin flavours here and there - a 'Terry-fic' melting pot!

And after a slightly belated review of their last album last time, a slightly early one this time of The Unthanks' Diversions Vol. 3 - Songs From The Shipyards, their third album in under a year! How do they do it, delivering one killer album after the next? The Unthanks are currently touring their Songs From The Shipyards project, singing a live soundtrack to a documentary film of the same title. Check their web site for details. The album will be released on 5th November but is available at gigs and you can also pre-order it.

Don't miss the one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 2pm on SOAS Radio, or later as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! AWiL 58 is now available for play again or as podcast. Special studio guest is amazing kanun virtuoso Maya Youssef!

On Wednesday 24th October at 8pm you can catch Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (vocals) & Daphna Sadeh (bass) at the Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London N16, for a special night of music featuring their original compositions, inspired by Jazz, Middle-Eastern, Israeli music and poetry. They are joined by a stellar band, including Stewart Curtis (woodwinds), Paul Shanti Jayasinha (trumpet), Barry Green (piano), and Guy Schalom (percussion and drums).

And in other news... The JC (Jewish Chronicle) reports that at this year's Klezmer In The Park Jewish Music Institute event in Regent's Park in September, during an interval of recorded music being broadcast, a track by Israeli born jazz giant and humanist activist Gilad Atzmon was played! Shock, horror! (To the Zionists and their ilk, Atzmon is the contemporary equivalent of Wagner - untouchable! Satan incarnate!) Heads will roll, no doubt! Hmm, one can't help wondering which track it was? Jenin might have been apt, or The Tide Has Changed. Rarely do we come across such an amusing snippet of non-news as this...

 

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2012/10/04

Two killer albums and an exceptional single in this category are reviewed this time. In alphabetical order:

The first of the absolute killer albums comes in the form of flamenco guitarist Mehran's Subterranea, a beautiful concept album. Prog rock flavoured flamenco, or flamenco flavoured prog rock? Judge for yourself.

Exceptional because it is, and because I only very rarely review singles, we have State Of Undress' I'm Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So) single. It's, well, gorgeous! So gorgeous, Gok Wan himself loves it and had to have it playing on his web site. More 'naked' news below.

The second absolute killer album, much delayed due to 'lost in post' syndrome, takes the shape of The Unthanks' Diversions Vol. 2 - The Unthanks With Brighouse And Rastrick Brass Band, their second fabulous album within less than a year! Something to keep both folkies and brass band connoisseurs happy! It's stupendous! More Unthanks news below.

The fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show on SOAS Radio is back on track now also with play-again and iTunes podcasts, up to episode 57! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! Don't miss some fan-tas-tic studio guests and tracks from all quarters of the globe, including tracks from calypsonian Alexander D. Great's latest album, The Night Watchman, reviewed here recently.

More news about folk rock band State of Undress and their latest single. Apart from Gok Wan having it play on his web site, I'm Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So) has already attracted quite a bit of media attention and airplay! The New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times of Friday 29th September had a feature, and on the same date there was excellent coverage in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, which also named State of Undress as Band of the Week and had the song on their web site. On Monday 1st October BBC Radio Somerset's Emma Britton played the 'gorgeous' song and chatted to gorgeous lead singer Charlie Rose about it all, while on the preceding Saturday Zoe Kleinman on BBC Radio Solent's Big Dorset Brunch gave the 'gorgeous' song a play and said some lovely things about it... Have a listen to the podcast - available until next Saturday 6th October!

There are also a State of Undress page and a couple of groups on Facebook! The 'State of Undress' page is a general fan page, the 'State Of Undress' group is also general. The 'Let us make 'State Of Undress' famous!' group, set up by a fan, is about, well, what it says on the tin. Why not 'get naked' and help make I'm Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So) a hit - you can buy the track for a measly 79p on iTunes. Help get the message across that women do not have to conform to size zero super model and other 'standards' inflicted upon them by the beauty industry, media, advertising and so on, to be gorgeous!

The Unthanks are going to make it not just two, but three albums in less than a year, with Diversions Vol. 3 - Songs from the Shipyards slated for release on 5th November! It's another real cracker (review here RSN!) and before release will be available exclusively on The Unthanks' October tour with a difference. Song from the Shipyards is a beautiful and moving film tracing the story of shipbuilding, accompanied by a soundtrack performed live by The Unthanks. The album was recorded in the studio this time and contains the best of the music from the soundtrack of the Tyneside Cinema commissioned film.

Terryazoome will be launching their album Xana on Saturday, 13th October at 7pm at The Forge in Camden Town, London NW1. World jazz with strongly Greek and African flavours. Not to be missed.

 

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2012/09/23

This time, a review of just one amazing album. And back to alphabetical order.

If you don't know what cumbia is, it's time you found out, and Various Artists :  The Original Sound Of Cumbia is the perfect way to discover this brilliant Colombian music. Get your dancing shoes out, for this goes straight to your dance floor! A fantastic compilation of some two and a half hours of the finest cumbia up till 1979.

Also, the UK 2012 Calypso Monarch Finals, The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11, Thursday 23rd August 2012, reviewed here last time, have received an important update in the form of an addendum.

The one and only DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show on SOAS Radio is finally back since the 5th, at the new time of 2pm but on Wednesdays as before, after taking a summer break along with SOAS Radio! However, regrettably due to technichal problems the live stream was not available on the first show, although it was recorded in full and is of course available for 'play again' on SOAS Radio or as podcast on iTunes. You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more!

Finally, a quick look-ahead to the next site update. This includes reviews (one slightly delayed) of two absolute killer albums from, broadly, the 'world music' scene. Something to look forward to!

 

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2012/09/08

After some delay due to 'man flu,' which also, to my greatest regret, caused me to miss out on two fabulous gigs, first the UK 2012 Panorama Finals and then Argentinean tango ambassador Martin Alvarado at Lauderdale House, here we are again! Only two reviews in this category due to aforementioned 'man flu,' one a superlative gig and an album, and a special feature to make up for the missed Panorama. In reverse alphabetical order this time.

A gig to take your breath away barely begins to describe the UK 2012 Calypso Monarch Finals, The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11, Thursday 23rd August 2012. It turned out an amazing extravaganza, superbly staged by The British Association of Calypsonians. The standard was incredibly high, both of the contestants for this year's crown as well as the amazing additional entertainment. 'Lorraine don't cry I leaving, I can't miss this jamming...' should instantly tell every soca fan the highlight of the evening's entertainment! (And no doubt moisten a few Trini expats' eyes.) But read the review...

Finally, there's Aziz Sahmaoui's University Of Gnawa or, more correctly, the self-titled Aziz Sahmaoui & University Of Gnawa, an excellent, groove-driven album. Even if you're not yet into North African/Moroccon music, this album will help you discover one aspect of it!

Having had to miss London Panorama, at least a special feature was in order, UK 2012 Panorama Finals, Elsmsie Horniman's Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, London W10, Saturday 25th August 2012 - Results & Commentary. I had to add my own 2 quid's worth...

The fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show on SOAS Radio is finally back, at the new time of 2pm but on Wednesdays as before, after taking a summer break along with SOAS Radio! However, regrettably due to technichal problems the live stream was not available, although the show was recorded in full and should be available for 'play again' on SOAS Radio or as podcast on iTunes by the time you read this. You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more!

 

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2012/08/20

This time, reviews of one fabulous album and one equally fabulous gig in this category. It's the London calypso season, and the UK Calypso Monarch Finals and the Notting Hill Carnival are almost upon us! Trinidad it isn't, but this calypsonian certainly could be straight out of the T&T scene! Hence, to start us off we have reigning UK Calypso Monarch of two years' running Alexander D. Great's The Night Watchman, which of course includes the title with which he will be defending his crown and which also happens to be the sample track, the glorious Fifty Years (Living Independently). How could he possibly lose with that! De great Alexander for Monarch! Oh, and the album - fan-tab-u-lous, buy it!

The superb, fabulous gig comes in the form of the London International Arts Festival - Day Two, at Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford, Essex, Saturday 11th August 2012. A glorious three-day event, of which I regrettably was able to only attend this one. But what a fantastic day! The afternoon headlined the amazing Prakash Sontakke, Hindustani slide guitar, and Hanif Khan, tabla, and the evening featured the fabulous Jyotsna Srikanth Project - a Carnatic-based fusion band featuring violin super-virtuoso Jyotsna Srikanth and superb jazz/folk fiddler Chris Haigh - and the great, legendary Carnatic singer, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna. Wow!

Of course, the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show on SOAS Radio is taking a summer break along with the latter till the first Wednesday in September, but you can always catch up on previous shows as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! To make this a little easier, three new special features covering episodes 21 - 50 bring the playlist archives almost right up to date: DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 21-30 Playlists And Links, DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 31-40 Playlists And Links, and DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 41-50 Playlists And Links! That should help us survive - if barely! - without the wonderful Ritu just a little better. You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! Ritu will be back with AWiL 55 on 6th September.

In other news, Argentinean tango singer extraordinaire Martin Alvarado has started his latest UK and Ireland tour and will be in London, at Lauderdale House, Highgate, on 29th August! Please keep checking my Facebook Wall for details of this and other dates! You really wouldn't want to miss Alvarado again, would you? We are so very lucky to have this international star grace our shores, this new Carlos Gardel.

 

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2012/08/10

This time, two reviews of albums that could hardly be more different from each other.

No need to blush, they don't really appear in any such state - the sensational State Of Undress' latest offering, Journeys Of The Heart, is exuberant yet feeling roots folk-rock, for want of a better way to describe this wonderful music. Have a Piddle and enjoy yourself! No, it's a brand of ale from Dorset, whence the band hail from. Simply sensational, you just have to check this ensemble out if you haven't encountered them before. And watch out for them, I'm convinced they're going places!

And we have some Malian Touareg music in the shape of Tamikrest's Toumastin, guitar-driven and thoroughly contemporary sounding. Some of their tracks have been very popular already on DJ Ritu's A World in London radio show! Although dating from last year, this album is still well worth checking out.

Of course, the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show on SOAS Radio is taking a summer break along with the latter till the first Wednesday in September, but you can always catch up on previous shows as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! How are we to survive a whole month without Ritu?! Well, hopefully our archive of playlists and play again links for AWiL will be brought nearly up to date up to AWiL 50 next time, so at least it will be nice and easy to check out your favourites from the past year to keep you tied over till Ritu's back with AWiL 55 on 6th September!

You can of course also get over to Redbridge Town Hall in Ilford, post haste, for the London International Arts Festival (LIAF) which starts today and runs until Sunday 12th August. Headline act tonight will be the fantastic Asaf Sirkis Trio, drums/percussion driven jazz fusion at its finest. Sirkis is no stranger on this site and is a not just a world-class drummer/percussionist but today's premiere drummer and percussionist. And as a bonus, the whole three days will be compered by DJ Ritu! More details and full line-ups on DhruvArts/LIAF web site.

 

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2012/07/25

A couple of album reviews of two real beauties!

What is there to say when it comes to a living legend like Joyce Moreno and Rio De Janeiro? As gorgeous an album as you could wish for! A brilliant, beautiful ode to Moreno's home city, just the lady herself accompanying herself on guitar. Just a dream. Ipanema beach... a cooling sea breeze... well, you get the picture, surely?

There's more in the 'gorgeous department' from Mudgal, Rucker, Business Class Refugees' No Stranger Here - you simply have to discover more about this sensation of an album. Most of all though, you really have to have it! Surely the most innovative, finest, most hypnotically gorgeous 'world music' album of the year so far. The colliding and melting together of cultures at its finest. It is to be hoped that we'll here more from this amazing collaboration yet.

This week marks the first anniversary of the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show on SOAS Radio so time for celebrations all round! Happy Anniversary, Ritu! Don't miss AWiL this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from about Fridays as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! This week is also the last show until the first Wednesday in September as SOAS Radio is having a summer break. Special studio guest this week is the sensational violinist Jyotsna Srikanth who refuses to be tied down to any one 'genre.' Coming from the South Indian or Carnatic classical tradition, this wizard also plays Indo-Jazz fusion with her Jyotsna Srikanth Project, plays acoustic as well as electric violin, and also studied the Western classical tradition. You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! And you can catch Jyotsna Srikanth live on 11th August as part of the London International Arts Festival running from 10th - 12th August at Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford. The line-up for the three days is spectacular!

 

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2012/07/11

Reviews of three albums and one super gig this time. Sticking with alphabetical order, we have what has to be the real killer among today's crop of albums, Asgeir & Mo's Danza De Andalucia. A tasteful, tasty, spicy blend of flamenco, classical, Latin, Eastern European and more, this should be totally irresistible! It's hard to believe that this highly polished effort should be this Norwegian duo's debut album. Very classy, this is going to remain a firm favourite here.

From Serbia comes the Boban I Marko Marcovic Orkestar's Golden Horns - The Best Of - a compilation of, well, yes, the best of this brass ensemble. Admittedly, I found this a bit of a disappointment, especially for a 'best of,' but see what you make of it anyway.

The super fantabulous gig takes the shape of Bethany Jameson & Romano Viazzani / Vérité Cabaret Quartet - On the Banks Of The Seine Live At The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1, Friday 29th June 2012. Everything it promised and more. French chansons a la Piaf, Cabaret songs, tangos, both classic and new originals. A class act that hopefully will come back to London soon.

The last album this time comes from Malian Ben Zabo in the form of his self-titled debut Ben Zabo. Lively, up-beat Afrobeat with a difference! As heard recently on DJ Ritu's fab A World in London show!

As usual, don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from about Fridays as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more! Last week saw Ritu's half-century episode at SOAS Radio, so let's all wish her and AWIL a Very Happy Half Century! Being a weekly show, this also means that we're fast approaching Ritu's first anniversary at SOAS RADIO! (Anybody know when we'll see the anniversary of The DJ Ritu Show on BBC Three Counties Radio, her Asian beats show?)

 

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2012/06/27

An eventful update, and as always reviews first. A real international bevy of beauties! Of which two albums and one gig here. Here we go, in alphabetical order.

The gig comes in the shape of Kayhan Kalhor & Madjid Khalaj Live At The Barbican Centre, London EC2, Friday 15th June 2012. To my utter chagrin, I was unable to attend this myself, however, a very capable guest reviewer came to the rescue as it were, and there's also further editorial comment from yours truly. This was originally billed as Maestro Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble - Passionate Poems Of Rumi, then became Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan - Passionate Poems Of Rumi, and at the very last minute changed into the above. A regrettable chain of events, and perhaps an object lesson in how not to organise a major event at one of London's three major concert venues. Hence I felt that an editorial comment was decidedly called for, especially in view of this site having heavily plugged the event here as well as on Facebook. Please note that it has been my utmost endeavour to be wholly constructive at all times.

Staying in the UK, we have Juwon Ogungbe's Life Force Music. It deliciously refuses to fit any particular category, but try world beat (sort of) if you must. It's a wonderful blend of Afro/Afro-Latin grooves, pop, and some classical aspects thrown in for good measure. Read the review, and buy the album! Ogungbe incidentally was a recent guest on DJ Ritu's fabulous A World in London show on SOAS Radio.

Finally, released in the US but living in Ecuador we have Sarazino's Everyday Salama, recently heard on A World in London. A tasty mix of Latin/Afro-Latin and hip-hop grooves, reggae, rai and more, if this doesn't get you into your dancing shoes give up. A real gem of an album - but is there as much life left in you as there's in the album?

As usual, don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from Fridays as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! Today's guest is the amazing Daphna Sadeh. You can also check Ritu's fab web site for much more!

And now for something completely different. Just short of a couple of months ago I reviewed a wonderful album, Rich Siegel's The Way To Peace, essentially a vocal jazz/singer-songwriter type album concerning itself with the plight of the Palestinian people in occupied Palestine and peace. The lyrics are humanist/humanitarian although yes, political, but hardly what one could call extremist.

To quote Siegel, 'My experience with Brent Black began in March, when I was contacted by the publicist who had just done an e mail blast for my CD release event, and he indicated that jazz reviewer Brent Black had contacted him requesting a review copy of my CD. I was obviously happy to send one. The result was an extremely positive review which Brent posted on his jazz review blog "Critical Jazz". In this review he acknowledged that my CD is highly political, and that he disagrees with my politics, but he was highly complimentary none the less...'

However, within about a week, Black 'pulled' the review and even posted an apology on Facebook, addressed to his Jewish readers, for having reviewed the album in the first place, as Siegel supports 'the destruction of Israel.' Obviously, all this was done under extreme pressure. But while it is of course Mr. Black's right to 'pull' whatever he likes from his blog (poor journalistic practice though that is), inventing 'quotes' maligning Rich Siegel is decidedly wrong. Again, to quote Siegel, 'Anti-Zionist? Yes. Pro-Palestine? Definitely. Destruction of Israel- or of anything? No.'

These kinds of tactics are all too familiar here, with the most laughable 'quotes' being invented for leading jazz musician and humanist activist Gilad Atzmon left, right and centre. The perpetrators of such despicable lies, given sufficient rope to hang themselves manage to do so very nicely and make themselves a laughing stock as indeed we have seen.

It would seem that Black expected when he pulled his review of The Way To Peace, the quotes from it that Siegel had already used at various places would likewise magically disappear. They didn't, and in some cases couldn't.

Moreover, quoting Siegel again, '...I wrote an op ed about my bizarre experience of being "reviewed and then un-reviewed" which has been published on the deLiberation-dot-info political commentary website, which I imagine didn't please Brent, but was as much my right as it was his to pull the review. This op ed was relevant to activists for Palestine, as it is yet one more example of the bullying anyone publicly critical of Israel has to endure.'

Black's blog appears to have at least partially been transformed from a jazz blog to a 'Rich Siegel defamation blog,' with thirteen or more ridiculous articles with equally ridiculous titles devoted to attacking Siegel and name calling. Additionally, Black seems to bombard Siegel with equally ridiculous emails filled with lies, invented quotes, insults, abuse and the like.

Such a vendetta of hatred and defamation is wholly unacceptable. Rainlore's World of Music fully supports Rich Siegel and declares its full solidarity with him.

To finish, just a few of my pet peeves, addressed to artists. Sleeve notes, credits etc. - please people, keep a reasonable font size, a clear, easy to read font, and in a colour that's contrasting strongly with the background. I really hate having to spend time with a magnifier or even loupe and bright lights. Another thing is, always, always please give track times, this also helps radio presenters and increases your chances of getting airplay. A total playing time is also helpful. Makes it easy for me for instance to decide if I have sufficient time to play a CD at a given time and not end up wasting my time playing only part of it because time's run out. I loathe additional PR material, never read it (or at best, after my review is written), along with long sleeve notes (again, only read after review is written). I hate being hassled by publicists/managers and such, if I had to reply to all their emails sometimes, I wouldn't have the time to write the review! Another sin that applies mainly to that particular species - I do know when I'm being brown-nosed and hate it; it's ugly, unpleasant and unnecessary, so don't do it. If I have accepted your review request, I'll review, don't worry. At times though, as at present, things can get extremely busy and it might take a little time for me to review. I'll always do the best I can, and also please bear in mind, I'm not even getting paid for this. Being asked to come to a gig at only a few days' (or even one!) notice just isn't possible - the longer the notice the better. Being told I'm on the guest list repeatedly, even when I've already made clear that I'm unable to attend, is also irritating. Right, 'nuff said for now.

Finally, some gigs that should be of interest here. This week, on Friday 29th June, 7pm (show 9pm), Vérité Productions Presents On The Banks Of The Seine by Bethany Jameson and Romano Viazzani, at The Green Note, Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1. This is their 2012 Summer launch tour. Bi-lingual cabaret singer-songwriter Bethany Jameson and master accordionist Romano Viazzani are launching their stunning new Vérité Quartet and welcome Declan Daly on violin and Ben Hazleton/Alan Gibbson on double bass into the team. Expect gorgeous music, plenty of glitz and glamour, gentle (and some not-so-gentle), witty new lyrics and tunes you will hum all the way home. Sources of inspiration include Fascinating AIDA, Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Victoria Wood, G&S, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich and Ute Lemper. There are the gorgeous French chansons (1930s – 70s), Piaf, Brel, Hot Club de France… sultry Tangos by Piazzolla and Galliano, some unexpected gems! A real treat for cabaret, chanson and tango connoisseurs.

Other dates for the show include Saturday 30th June - The Lyric Theatre, Bridport, Dorset, Saturday 2.30 pm and 8pm; Sunday 1st July - The Winchester Pub, Bournemouth, Dorset, 7.30pm (Tickets); and Thursday 5th July - The Battersea Barge (short showcase at Cheese'n'Crackers).

Also this week, Daphna Sadeh (Ritu's guest on AWiL this week) & The Voyagers will be backing (and act as musical director) Kurdish Israeli singer Ilana Eliya at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London N15 4RX on Saturday 30th June - should be another amazing event that you may not wish to miss! The line-up is Ilana Eliya - vocals; with Daphna Sadeh & the Voyagers: Daphna Sadeh - musical director and double bass; Stewart Curtis - woodwinds; Nim Schwartz - oud, saz; Guy Schalom - percussion.

Reviewed here today and recent AWiL guest Juwon Ogungbe's Life Force Music: Live At Cottons (The Rhum Jungle) is on Thursday, 19th July 2012 at 8pm. Cottons - The Rhum Jungle, Islington, London N1. Dance to A Taste of Pepper and other great tunes from the album! Advance tickets. In association with Outerglobe.co.uk and Colourful Radio. Life Force Music CD on sale.

Iranian Maestro Kayhan Kalhor can be seen again at the Asia Stage of BT River of Music on Saturday 21st July 2012 at Battersea Park, Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4NJ. No time available for Kalhor's performance at time of writing. Guaranteed entry tickets are free and a processing fee of £3 per ticket will be applied to each transaction.

Australian Pitjantjatjara troubador Franks Yamma can be caught at The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1 on Monday, 23rd July 2012, as part of a programme titled From The Desert to the Sea, together with Papua New Guinean musicians George Telek and Mogu, and others.

Chinese lutenist and countertenor Cheng-Ying Chuang will perform World Lute Encounter with sitarist Mehboob Nadeem and a group of Indian musicians in Fishguard, Wales on Sunday, 29th July @ 8.00pm. Rhos-y-Gilwen, Cilgerran. Tickets are £12. There will be a Pre-Concert Curry Supper served at 6.15pm, £9.50.

 

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2012//06/10

Another severely delayed site update due ongoing computer issues and other complications. But to make up, reviews of two really outstanding events.

The first comes in the shape of Avalonia At St. Ethelburga's, London, 19th May 2012, a new collaboration featuring Ghazal-Jazz pioneer, the legendary singer Najma Akhtar, flautist Jacquelyn Hynes, Irish folk singer and guitarist J. Eoin, multi-instrumentalist Maurice Judge, and Egyptian master percussionist Hossam Ramzy! An amazing night that still promises much more for the future. If you missed this, you can catch them again on 8th July at the Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1. Book early!

Another gig that would have blown your mind if you'd been there was Guy Schalom & The Baladi Blues Ensemble At Dingwalls, Camden Town, London NW1, Sunday, 20th May 2012! It would have lifted the top of your scull straight off your head and stopped your breath dead. Darabuka maestro Schalom and his ensemble, preceded by a fabulous live set by DJ Ritu that already heated up the atmosphere, transformed Camden Town into Cairo on a hot summer's night!

And just a reminder of a very special major event next week that you may not wish to miss. Iranian classical/traditional and kemancheh Maestro, Kayhan Kalhor will be in two unique concerts with Turkish baglama maestro and singer Erdal Erzincan, also a long time collaborator with Kalhor: Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan - Passionate Poems of Rumi. The concerts will be at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, 85 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG on Thursday, 14th June 2012, 7.30 till 10pm - more Information & tickets: http://www.swanpromotions.com/edinburgh/. And at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS on Friday, 15th June 2012 7.30 till 10.30 pm; more information & tickets: www.SwanPromotions.com/facebook. Early booking is advisable as tickets selling well! Don't miss this unique opportunity of a unique musical experience for anything!

Also, Daphna Sadeh & The Voyagers will be backing (and act as musical director) Kurdish Israeli singer Ilana Eliya at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London N15 4RX on Saturday 30th June- should be another amazing event that you may not wish to miss! The line-up is Ilana Eliya - vocals; with Daphna Sadeh & the Voyagers: Daphna Sadeh - musical director and double bass; Stewart Curtis - woodwinds; Nim Schwartz - oud, saz; Guy Schalom - percussion. Yes, that's the same Guy Schalom mentioned above already!

As usual, don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from Fridays as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! You can also check Ritu's fab web site DJRitu.com for much more! The latest AWILs are real crackers, as usual, and we will have reviews of some of Ritu's recently featured albums here soon.

 

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2012/05/28

Just a very brief interim update to advise that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Maestro Kayhan Kalhor concerts referred to previously have a change in personnel. The maestro's ensemble has had to be replaced by Turkish baglama maestro and singer Erdal Erzincan, also a long time collaborator with Kalhor. Hence, the concerts have been renamed Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan - Passionate Poems of Rumi. All other details, i.e., dates and venues, remain unchanged. The concerts will be at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, 85 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG on Thursday, 14th June 2012, 7.30 till 10pm - more Information & tickets: http://www.swanpromotions.com/edinburgh/. And at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS on Friday, 15th June 2012 7.30 till 10.30 pm; more information & tickets: www.SwanPromotions.com/facebook. Early booking is advisable! Don't miss this unique opportunity of a unique musical experience for anything!

The change was necessitated due to the British authorities regrettably having declined visas for the ensemble in an act of cultural blindness. It is very hard to see how the refusal of visas for artists, whether from Iran as here or indeed anywhere else, can possibly have any effect upon any government, nor how such an act can be justified at all. In the 'cold war' days, were visas ever refused to artists from the Eastern Block? Would it have changed anything? Regardless of one's attitude towards the present government of Iran, such a refusal of visas amounts to nothing less than cultural hooliganism.

The next regular site update has been further delayed due to ongoing computer problems and other complications and will now regrettably likely not take place until at least the end of this week.

 

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2012/05/16

A very delayed site update, due to computer problems and other complications. But on the other hand, a real slew of reviews, one gig and three albums that are just amazing, too!

The first of the albums is Kayhan Kalhor With Ali Bahrami Fard's absolutely stunning I Will Not Stand Alone. This latest offering from Kalhor will stop your heart and blow your mind! The four times Grammy nominee pulls out all the stops here with perhaps his finest album yet. You simply have to hear this, and there's even an opportunity to do so live in the UK next month! For more details see below.

The gig reviewed is Guillermo Rozenthuler - Brazil, Meu Amor Live At Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Bloomsbury, London WC1 4th May 2012 - a wonderful event with a completely packed out house as well. Argentinean singer extraordinaire Rozenthuler has at last 'come out' and admits his love affair with Brazilian music! Perhaps a first for an Argentinean tango singer? This performance might have filled the Royal Festival Hall, with people having to be turned away. Was it the sheer magnetism of Rozenthuler, or the greater pull of Brazilian music over tango? The latter, sadly indeed, still has a long way to go in Britain.

Another exciting album comes in the form of Terryazoome's Xana. Recent guests on DJ Ritu's fab A World in London show on SOAS Radio, this eclectic band prove themselves far more than a three or four track band! This album has oodles of appeal on many different fronts and has lots to offer to both world music and jazz aficionados.

Yair Yona's World Behind Curtains is the guitar picker extraordinaire's second album. This will again take your breath away. This John Fahey School with Brit Folk influences and vaguely Israeli flavourings picker has lots to offer for almost anybody, and certainly any kind of fan of acoustic guitar music.

Also, a Special Feature in the form of the second installment of archived playlists of DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 11-20 Playlists And Links. We'll catch up, eventually! At least most of the early shows are now covered that are in a bit of a state on the SOAS Radio site and can be hard to find there.

As usual, don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from Fridays as play again on SOAS Radio and podcast on iTunes! Todays show features very special guests Sarah Gillespie and Gilad Atzmon and should be yet another unmissable! You can watch the official video of Sarah Gillespie's The War On Trevor on YouTube! A must!) As indeed was last week's with special guest Guy Schalom in the run-up to his latest album's launch at Dingwalls in Camden Town (see below). Also, please check out Ritu's fab web site DJRitu.com for playlists, gig lists, all the latest hot tracks, wm charts and so much more.

Finally, some outstanding forthcoming gigs that you may not want to miss.

World Lute Encounter - Talk & Demonstration with sitarist Mehboob Nadeem and Chinese lutenist (zhongruan & liuqin) Cheng-Ying Chuang is a free event at Ming-Ai (London) Institute, 1 Cline Road, London N11 2LX, this Thursday, 17th May 2012. Booking (free) required via email or phone:
Liangwei Zhu: zhuliangwei AT yahoo.co.uk 07766655168;
Jue Wang: wangjuewwjj AT sina.com 07401931687.

Also on May 17th and 18th, Daphna Sadeh's new project Born in Parallel - a composition for Baroque and World music ensemble will be recorded live in London! It's at All Saints Church in East Finchley, 35a, Durham Road, London N2 9DP, at 6pm (Doors open at 5.45pm). Here's Daphna Sadeh on this exciting project. 'In the past year I have been developing a new project sponsored by a Grant for the Arts from the Arts Council - Escalator. This project has granted me the option to bring in to live an ambition I was having for many years. My vision was creating a dialogue between languages of music, originating from east and west, each one resonating its own history. The composition I wrote has 4 movements, or as I like to think of it, 4 moods. It will be played by an ensemble of Middle Eastern, Jazz and Baroque brilliant instrumentalists, each improvising in their own style.'
Musicians: Daphna Sadeh - composition and orchestration; David Murphy - conducting and orchestration
World / Jazz musicians:
Stewart Curtis - woodwinds; Frank Moon - oud; Mark Bassey - trombone; Daphna Sadeh - double bass; Guy Schalom - percussion
Baroque musicians:
Bojan Cicic - 1st violin; Hilary Michael - 2nd violin; Clare Barwick - viola; Joe Crouch - cello; Judith Evans - double bass; Rachel Brown - flute; Leo Duarte - 1st oboe; Joel Raymond - 2nd oboe; Zoe Shevlin - bassoon
It is a matter of great personal regret that I am unable to attend and review this fascinating event. Daphna Sadeh is a world music and classical musician and composer of remarkable calibre who started her world music career with the now legendary East West Ensemble in Israel and has since coming to Britain considerably enhanced the scene here with her Voyagers ensemble, among others. Oh, and yes, that's Guy Schalom on percussion, moreof whom in a moment!

The following day, Saturday 19th May 2012 at 7.30pm at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, Bishop's Gate (opp. Liverpool St. station), sees AVALONIA, a unique and exciting new collaboration featuring the stunning vocals of legendary Asian singing sensation Najma Akhtar, the pioneer of ghazal-jazz fusion, and flautist Jacquelyn Hynes, Irish folk singer J.Eoin, multi-instrumentalist Maurice Judge and the amazing master percussionist Hossam Ramzy!
AVALONIA is a unique collaboration between Irish, Arabic and Indian musicians, and the result is a moving and thrilling mixture of Indian and Irish Gaelic sean-nós song, traditional Irish dance music and mesmerising Arabic beats.

And on Sunday, 20th May 2012, 7.30 - 10.30pm outrageously inventive percussionist Guy Schalom & the Baladi Blues Ensemble hold their Album Launch for Baladi Blues 3 - The Art of Baligh Hamdi at DINGWALLS, Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London NW1 8AB. Tickets from: www.guyschalom.com. Also, DJ Ritu will be performing a live set! From the blurp - 'The Baladi Blues Ensemble plays the urban Egyptian dance music known as Baladi. Their music reflects the fast-paced, urban lifestyle of 1950’s Cairo, whilst emphasising the uncompromising artistic vision of band leader Guy Schalom. Guy Schalom was described by fROOTS as "one of the most interesting and versatile percussionists working in the UK today." In the Baladi Blues Ensemble, Guy unites three of Egypt's most celebrated master musicians: legendary quarter-tone accordionist Sheik Taha, saxophonist Ahmed El Saidi and master percussionist Hassan Reevis. The band also features frame drum wizard Adam Warne'. And - Baladi Blues 3 features guest artists: Abdul Salam Kheir (vocals & oud), Julia Naidenko (vocals), Glenn Sharp (Flamenco guitar) and Frank London (trumpet). Many of these world-class artists will join the band for this performance in one of London's award winning and historic music venues'.

And there's more to come! Terryazoome, whose album Xana has just been reviewed, can be seen live on 24th May 2012 at 8pm at The Grey Horse, 46 Richmond Rd., Kingston, Surrey, K72 5EE. Tix are £10/conc £5. Definitely another must see!

Then, on Saturday, 26 May 2012, 8 - 11.30pm, there's a very rare chance to catch Nicolas Meier Group live at an intimate London venue with Jazz Orient, at the superb The Forge, 3-4 Delancey Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7NL. The award winning Meier has carved out a reputation as one of the UK’s most original guitarists. 'Drawing on a love of Turkish and Eastern music as well Methenyesque fusions, Meier has developed his own unique sound that encompasses jazz and world music. ”Since John McLaughlin melted frets with the Mahavishnu Orchestra we have become used to frenetic guitar-led groups. None, however, quite mixes styles and sounds like that of Meier, a Swiss player as happy in flamenco and Arab melodies as he is in Western jazz…” John Bungey, The Times'. The day's line-up is Nicolas Meier - guitar, glissentar and saz; Demi Garcia - percussion; Kevin Glasgow - bass; Laurence Lowe - drums; and the amazing Lizzie Ball - violin.

Then, looking ahead just a little, Maestro of Persian Classical music, Ostad Kayhan Kalhor, whose latest album I Will Not Stand Alone has just been reviewed here, a member also of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble from its beginning, will be gracing UK shores with one of his all too rare visits in June, with two concerts with his Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble, one in Edinburgh and one in London. Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble, Passionate Poems of Rumi will be at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, 85 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG on Thursday, 14th June 2012, 7.30 till 10pm - more Information & tickets: http://www.swanpromotions.com/edinburgh/. And at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS on Friday, 15th June 2012 7.30 till 10.30 pm; more information & tickets: www.SwanPromotions.com/facebook. Early booking is advisable! Don't miss this unique opportunity of a unique musical experience for anything! The performance also includes tracks from I Will Not Stand Alone. This will probably be the musical event of the year!

 

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2012/05/02

A slightly delayed update due to cut finger tips impeding typing, and reviews of two amazing gigs and an equally amazing album. Stars of contemporary Brit Folk, The Unthanks, presented An Intimate Evening With The Unthanks At The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London W11, on Wednesday 25th April 2012! A most extraordinary experience, as it always is with The Unthanks! Simply sensational - you had to be there! Of course, The Unthanks also won the joint AWIL - Rainlore World Music Albums Top Ten of 2011 with their fabulous album, Last. Last week Wednesday, they showed what makes them such winners. They simply are the best thing to have happened on the British folk scene in decades!


The Unthanks with Brighouse & Rastick Band

More good news from The Unthanks is the impending release of the album Diversions Vol. 2: The Unthanks With Brighouse and Rastick Brass Band. Official release date is Monday 30th July, and the album will be launched at the Cambridge Folk Festival on Saturday 28th July! Prior to the retail release and launch, the album will be exclusively available at brass shows during June. The Unthanks With Brighouse and Rastick Brass Band charts last year’s collaboration with the National Champions of Great Britain, featuring music written and arranged by Unthanks pianist and producer Adrian McNally, including The Father’s Suite, written in celebration of Rachel Unthank and McNally’s first child. The project returns to the stage from June, with shows including York Minster, Liverpool Philharmonic, Victoria Theatre Halifax, Grassington and Cambridge Folk Festivals, and No Direction Home – the new festival by the End of the Road team. The collaboration is a spectacular, with The Unthanks and ‘Briggus’ making up over 30 people on stage. As well as music written specifically for the project, McNally adapts folk song by Ewan MacColl, Tommy Armstrong and Dave Sudbury, the latter being the song King of Rome, as performed at the BBC Folk Awards. Music also comes from the existing repertoire of The Unthanks, including versions of Patience Kershaw, Felton Lonnin and Gan To The Kye, adapted for brass by conductor Sandy Smith from McNally’s original string arrangements.

The following evening, it was the turn of the extraordinary Sarah Gillespie And The War On Trevor Live At The Vortex, Dalston, London N16, Thursday 26th April 2012 - an explosive gig if ever there was one! Part of the tour in support of her The War On Trevor project, this was unmissable! Maybe Gillespie might like to rename her gigs Sarah Gillespie - Live And Dangerous? Real High Voltage!

The album comes from recent guest on DJ Ritu's A World in London radio show, Carmen Souza Duo Feat. Theo Pas'cal's London Acoustic Set. A cracker of an album! And a truly remarkable singer! This Cape Verdean world jazz will appeal to jazzers and world music lovers equally.

Finally on the review side of things, the re-release of Teymour Housego's amazing Haunting Bazaar, originally reviewed about a year ago, needed just a few more data to be corrected after last month's revision. Everything should now be correct. Surely as good an excuse as any to have another look at this fabulous album!

As usual, don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from the following day as play again and podcast on iTunes! AWiL 41 was yet another unmissable, with special guests Terryazoome, whose album Xana will be reviewed here shortly!

Still on the topic of radio shows, the perhaps most popular of folk shows on the air till BBC East Midlands in their un-wisdom dropped it at the end of 2010, Folkwaves, presented by Mick Peat and Lester Simpson, is back! Episode One, FOLKWAVES 001 May 1st 2012, is available on Mixcloud since yesterday. Welcome back!

Looking ahead a little, Maestro of Persian Classical music, Ostad Kayhan Kalhor, a member also of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble from the start, will be gracing UK shores with one of his all too rare visits in June, with two concerts with his Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble, one in Edinburgh and one in London. Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble, Passionate Poems of Rumi will be at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, 85 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG on Thursday, 14th June 2012, 7.30 till 10pm - more Information & tickets: http://www.swanpromotions.com/edinburgh/. And at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS on Friday, 15th June 2012 7.30 till 10.30 pm; more information & tickets: www.SwanPromotions.com/facebook. Early booking is advisable! Don't miss this unique opportunity of a unique musical experience.

Of more immediate interest is ace vocalist/guitarist Guillermo Rozenthuler's BRASIL MEU AMOR, this time with 6-piece featuring Guillermo Rozenthuler, vocals and guitar; John Turville, piano; Mishka Adams, guest vocals, percussion; Giuliano Pereira, sax, flute; Javier Fioramonti, bass; and Andres Ticino, percussion. Brunei Gallery At SOAS, Friday 4th May, 7pm. And it's FREE! More info here. Don't miss!

 

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2012/04/20

Reviews this time include the incomparable, un-classifiable (in that she cannot be conveniently pigeon-holed into any one genre!) singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sarah Gillespie's eagerly awaited The War On Trevor, an extraordinary fifteen minute narrative song cycle so not her third album yet. This not only should appeal to jazz aficionados and 'folkies' alike, but indeed has universal appeal. Essentially an anti-war song in the very best tradition... well, you simply have to hear this! Launched at Ronnie Scott's on 3rd/4th April, another chance to hear Ms. Gillespie in London is next Thursday, 26th April, at The Vortex in Dalston.

The Sachal Jazz Ensemble Live At Queen Elizabeth Hall, SBC, London SE1, Tuesday 17th April 2012, plugged here and on Facebook, and most keenly anticipated, promised much and looked like it might be one of the most interesting, spectacular gigs of the year so far. With much to live up to, did it deliver though? Find out in the review.

Next, there is a re-release of Teymour Housego's amazing Haunting Bazaar, originally reviewed about a year ago. Some of the data had to be changed, and there is a re-mix of one of the tracks on the new digital release. As good an excuse as any to revisit the review of this outstanding album and encourage you to get it!

Last but by no means least, a Special Feature, DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 1-10 Playlists And Links - what it says on the tin. The full playlists and links for playing again the first ten AWiL shows on SOAS Radio, this is part one of a continuing series so more soon.

And don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week or any week whatever you do, either live on Wednesdays at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from the following day as play again and podcast on iTunes! AWiL 40 was yet another brill cracker, with special guests Flasiantronico, consisting of the amazing duo of singer/guitarist Silvia Rox and sarod ace Ameen Ali Khan!

Also, don't miss joint AWIL - Rainlore World Music Albums Top Ten of 2011 winners, The Unthanks. Yes, the glorious 'miserable buggers' are coming to The Tabernacle, Notting Hill this Wednesday 25th April! Absolutely not to be missed!

Finally, Folkwaves, once the glory of BBC Radio Derby and East Midlands programming and perhaps the most popular folk show on UK radio till axed at the end of 2010, returns online 1st May! For details see Folkwaves on UK Folk Music! Three very big cheers! More on this ASAP.

 

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2012/04/09

Continuing with the recent trend of cross-cultural events and albums, we have reviews of two truly remarkable albums. Cheng-Ying Chuang's Wandering Voices spans Europe and China and a good fourteen centuries, from ancient Chinese melodies to contemporary, and from Dowland to Schubert. Far East meets West in a fascinating and beautiful way. And please, don't fall into the tired old trap of thinking Chinese music strange or inaccessible, it is neither, as this album will show you. In fact, this is a must for any true world music lover! Chuang is no stranger on this site, having only recently been part of World Lute Encounter Live At The Forge with Mehboob Nadeem. They can be seen/heard together again at World Lute Encounter - Talk & Demonstration on Thursday, 17th May 2012, 6:30 - 8:30pm (or 2 - 5pm? - check!) at Limdokwing University of Creative Technology, 106 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NL. Booking required via email or phone. Liangwei Zhu: zhuliangweiATyahoo.co.uk 07766655168; Jue Wang: wangjuewwjjATsina.com 07401931687.

No less fascinating, in a completely different way and direction, is Sachal Studios Orchestra, Lahore's Sachal Jazz. Keep in mind the sub-title of Interpretations Of Jazz Standards & Bossa Nova and it does just what it says on the tin! But in surprising, original, even somewhat quirky ways. East meets West, in this case originating from Pakistan, in a refreshingly different way. Not at all what you'd expect, you really have to hear this wonderful album! Incidentally, in spite of the title, it's more world than jazz, much more. Not much time left, but hurry to catch Sachal Studios Orchestra, Lahore, aka Sachal Jazz Ensemble, Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, SBC, London SE1, on 17th April 2012 at 8pm for their live world premiere. Should be quite something!

A further attendance of a third spectacular gig in a row unfortunately fell through last week due to circumstances beyond everybody's control, so alas no review of same.

Don't miss the fab DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show this week whatever you do, either live on Wednesday 11th April at 3pm on SOAS Radio, or from the following day as play again and podcast on iTunes! This is going to be a real cracker of a show, with her very special studio guest, the incredible Heidi Vogel, winner of the Jazz/Vocal category and joint-winner of the Best Solo Debut in the Rainlore's World of Music Jazz Albums Of The Year 2011, and winner of the No.4 spot in the joint AWIL-Rainlore World Music Albums Top Ten Of 2011, all for her sensational album Lágrimas De Um Passaro - Tears Of A Bird! Heidi Vogel, also known as the lead singer of The Cinematic Orchestra, produced a really amazing album of Brazilian music with this. Equally amazing is her exceptional voice with its huge range! Ms. Vogel's is the nearest voice to that of the incomparable Dame Cleo Laine we have heard yet. So don't miss A World in London 39!

Please note that in order to reduce the number of constantly repeating links, those referring to pages or local page items that can easily be found in the navigation bar at the top of each page will in future be omitted. This will affect references to, e.g., 'reviews.'

Also please note that the 2011 part of this page has now been archived.

 

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2012/04/01

A slightly premature site update in order to bring you a review of another unexpected but sensational gig - Women Of The World Festival - A Celebration Of South Asia & Women From The South Asian Continent Live At Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London E1, Thursday 29th March 2012. With such stars in the line-up as legendary Najma Akhtar, Jyotsna Srikanth, ShivaNova and Dj Ritu, this was a simply magnificent experience not to be missed! Heavily Indo-Jazz leaning, this gig would have been a fascinating experience for anyone into either jazz or world music. The performances and the whole evening were just stunning. And as all good things come in threes, another sensational gig next time!

Also reviewed is the likewise magnificent Martin Alvarado with Horacio Avilano Trio's extraordinary album Más Allá. You'll know when you've been tangoed after this! Alvarado is no stranger here, and only a month ago we reviewed his recent London gig at The Forge. Music to melt or break your heart, this is an exquisite sampler of not just tango but also other forms of Argentinean song.

Meanwhile, don't forget the fabulous DJ Ritu's superb A World in London show on SOAS Radio and play-again as well as podcast on iTunes! Last week's AWiL 37 was another real cracker that leaves you wondering how she does it, time and again! Check out Ritu's fab web site for playlists, gig lists, all the latest hot tracks, wm charts and so much more.

 

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2012/03/25

Slight delay to this current update due the dreadful 'man flu.' But on the positive side, this made possible the inclusion among the reviews of one of the most sensational, magnificent gigs imaginable. I speak of none other than Mehboob Nadeem & Cheng-Ying Chuang - World Lute Encounter Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, on Thursday 22nd March 2012. A truly glorious encounter between Hindustani and Chinese music! Unlike too many cross-cultural musical experiments, this was genuinely meaningful and just magnificent. If you missed it, you have one more chance to catch this fabulous encounter on 30th March at the Museum of Asian Music, 1-2 Bradford Rd., London W3 7SP. Advanced booking is required, Tel: 020 8742 9911 or online http://www.amc.org.uk! This truly is a must for any serious world music aficionado.

George Panda's Out Of Africa is this exciting drummer's very exciting debut album. And no, this is not African music or African jazz as such - rather, Panda explores the rhythms brought to the Americas by African slaves. Samba, rumba, blues and so much besides - a riveting album!

And don't forget the fabulous DJ Ritu's fabulous A World in London show on SOAS Radio and play-again as well as podcast on iTunes! Check out Ritu's fab web site for playlists, gig lists, wm charts and so much more.

April 3rd and 4th sees the launch of singer-songwriter extraordinaire Sarah Gillespie's latest album, The War On Trevor, at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club - an event that nobody would want to miss! So book quickly!

More reviews of some truly exciting music coming up soon!

 

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2012/03/04

At last, we're getting there catching up! A full three reviews this time again, one a gig and two albums. To start with the most recent event, there is the fabulous tango singer Martin Alvarado Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, 1st March 2012. If you missed this extraordinary gig, you might be very sorry... Just the previous day, Alvarado, with bandoneónista and pianist Mikko Helenius, was also DJ Ritu's studio guest again on A World in London 33 on SOAS Radio. If you missed this, you can still catch it on play on demand or as a podcast on iTunes! And Alvarado's UK leg of his current 21st European tour continues until March 11th, so get your skates on and catch this phenomenon live!

It really is most regrettable, nay, a crying shame, that while Argentinean tango, the dance, has seen such a phenomenal rise in popularity in Britain over recent years, tango the music still suffers from a relatively small level of awareness among the British public. One can only hope that tours by Martín Alvarado, and the efforts of other singers and musicians, will finally turn the tide.

An extraordinary CD found itself on my player recently. Well, many do, but this is something we don't hear too often here, unfortunately. The Agrin Ensemble's Art Of Improvisation In Iranian Music is their debut album of Persian Classical music. It really is something special. What's more, we're lucky enough to have these extraordinary musicians, Mehti and Adib Rostami, who make up The Agrin Ensemble, based in our midst in London!

And at last the review of The Unthanks' The Songs Of Robert Wyatt And Antony & The Johnsons - the fabulous No. 10-winning album of the recent AWIL - Rainlore World Music Albums Top Ten Of 2011! Making it a double for The Unthanks, who also took the No. 1 spot with Last! Amazing albums from an amazing band. And they'll be gracing London again on April 25th at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill!

And while we are with the AWIL - Rainlore World Music Albums Top Ten Of 2011, you can now also catch up with DJ Ritu's A World in London 30 which featured these on the above Top Ten page if you haven't done so already. There's a full playlist, too, and of course the full Top Ten results.

Coming soon will be Part 1 of the full guide to DJ Ritu's AWiL at SOAS Radio. Playlists, links, the works.

I'm going to need just a little more time for the next site update, things have been just a bit too hectic. Shouldn't be too long though.

 

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2012/02/25

We're at last getting on top of things and catching up with most of the long overdue reviews! To kick things off, those simply glorious 'miserable buggers' The Unthanks and their AWIL - Rainlore World Music Albums Top Ten Of 2011 winning album, Last. Simply, class! Folk just doesn't come any classier than The Unthanks. There's more about The Unthanks in the 'News' section for 2012/02/17 below. And more to come next time with the review of their most recent fab album, Diversions Vol 1 - The Songs Of Robert Wyatt And Antony & The Johnsons, Live From The Union Chapel, London, which took the No.10 place! Can one ever say enough about The Unthanks? Probably not. But let Last speak for itself. It does so most eloquently, and it didn't win The AWIL - Rainlore Top Ten 2011 without very good reason!

Next, a gig review of guitar maestro Simon Thacker's latest East-West ensemble's recital, Simon Thacker And Svara-Kanti At The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1, Thursday 8th December 2011. A fascinating blend of classical, both Western and Indian, and world music, and guitar from Thacker that just blew your mind and generally blew you to shreds! Spectacular barely begins to describe it. And a new programme for this project is already being put together!

Staying with Thacker but his previous project, an album - Simon Thacker And The Nava Rasa Ensemble's Nada ~ Ananda. Ostensibly more classically oriented with works by Shirish Korde and Nigel Osborne, it still makes for excellent world music - good enough to have made the very tough shortlist of the AWIL - Rainlore World Music Albums Top Ten Of 2011! Even to have made the shortlist is an achievement for any album, DJ Ritu's and yours truly's selection and scoring process was rigorous and adhered to very strict criteria. So, well done, Mr. Thacker! And again, some spectacular guitar that just rips you to pieces.

Don't miss out on DJ Ritu's fabulous A World in London show on SOAS Radio. AWiL 31 was a breathtaking special featuring the amazing Guy Schalom live in the studio, and this week's AWiL 32 featured SOAS professor and ‘100 Bollywood Films’ author Rachel Dwyer with anecdotes from four decades of Indian cinema and a sample of classic Bollywood tracks! If you want to catch AWiL live, the show has now moved to Wednesdays at 3pm. And of course it continues to be available on demand and as a podcast on iTunes.

 

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2012/02/17

Time for the Rainlore's World of Music Albums Of The Year 2011! And this year, for the World Music category we have teamed up with the fabulous DJ Ritu and her ever popular A World in London show, now on SOAS Radio, to bring you the combined AWIL-Rainlore World Music Albums Top 10 Of 2011, first broadcast live on the show on 8th February. The results of our combined votes sometimes surprised even us! Well deserving winners were The Unthanks, for Last, and they also took the No.10 spot with their second album of 2011, Diversions, Vol. 1 - The Songs Of Robert Wyatt And Antony & The Johnsons! (Reviews of these two albums have already been in preparation and will follow ASAP, as will some other runners up or shortlisted albums.)

Kudos and massive congrats to The Unthanks, our very worthy winners. The Unthanks embody all that is best about modern British folk music - they take the tradition forward and translate it into a contemporary idiom that makes it accessible to everyone and anyone, yet they always maintain a wholesome respect and deep affection, even love, for and of the tradition. When you combine this with the outstanding voices of Rachel and Becky Unthank (not to mention also their superb, energetic clog dancing - where on earth do they get the energy? Ba 'eck! Just watching makes me break a sweat!) and a great bunch of instrumentalists, plus the occasional superb original by the band's 'engine,' Adrian McNally, you'll soon come to appreciate why The Unthanks came out on top in a general World Music Top Ten. Long may they continue to bring us their (mostly) sad but lovely Northumbrian and Border songs. And please, go out and buy their fabulous albums (or do so from the convenience of your computer or mobile device). Folk musicians really do have a harder time of it financially than most.

A third folk album also made our Top Ten. This is Australian aborigine singer-songwriter Frank Yamma's fabulous Countryman album. Yamma is one of the very few artists who has managed to bring the rich musical heritage of the aborigine peoples of Australia to a wider, international audience with his songs in the tradition of his people. Remarkable songs they are, too, sensitive, touching, incredibly beautiful. Another very worthy winner indeed. And kudos and massive congratulations to Frank Yamma, too! And again I urge you, go and buy this amazing album.

There now also is a page listing these pages, the Albums Of The Year Page.

Of course, we are also catching up with some long overdue reviews. For a start, there is Martin Alvarado Live At The Light Temple, Austin Street, London E2, Saturday, 26th November 2011 - quite a magical tango gig! Alvarado is one of Argentina's finest 'Tango Ambassadors' and later this month is already returning for another UK tour, so be sure to catch him.

Then, a fascinating, charming demo in the form of Épocanova's Live Demo, a unique combo with a unique sound that we should hear a lot more of soon! With a superb double frontline of one of the UK's finest and most versatile saxophonists, Roberto Manzin, and outstanding steel pan exponent Susannah Flack, the rest of the quintet are equally illustrious and should be well known here. A new and exciting sound that arises out of the music of the Caribbean and South America! A thoroughly international line-up this is, too - for example, Ms. Flack is English of part Brazilian origin, Manzin originally hails from Italy, Rey Crespo (Rubén González, Omara Portuondo) from Cuba, and so on!

Hopefully, we'll do a little more 'catching up' next week!

 

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2012/02/07

Much delayed, an interim site update, with more to follow within the next week or so.

It is of course well about time for the Albums of the Year for 2011. More on these next time, except to say that for the World Music category, we have teamed up with DJ Ritu and her wonderful A World in London show on SOAS Radio this year for a joint Top 10 World Music albums! The results will be presented live on the show tomorrow, Wednesday 8th February from 6 to 7pm, and DJ Ritu has kindly invited yours truly as studio guest. Of course, if you miss the live broadcast, the show will as usual be available for 'play again' on the SOAS Radio site and as a podcast on iTunes.

A huge thank you to our independent adjudicator, Ms. Chetna Kapacee, who first combined DJ Ritu's and my individual nominations into a shortlist, and then combined our individual scores, based on a number of criteria, to arrive at the Top 10 Albums of 2011. I have to admit, even I was quite surprised at some of the results!

Nominations were made from albums that were either reviewed (or due for review - some now long overdue!) on this site, or played on A World in London, and that were released, or re-released, during 2011. As ever, don't miss DJ Ritu's fabulous show!

Of course, you can also see the full results on this site, round about next week.

There are still oodles of albums that are all long overdue for review. More next week and in the following weeks.

 

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Reviews


There is a full index of all reviews available on Rainlore's World of Music. Also, there is an index listing all CD reviews , which includes reviews of music from all genres, and another one listing all live music reviews.

Reviews added 2012/12/28:

Abdou Diop :  Nootee (2012/12/25)

Bethany Jameson - Petit Café De Paris Live At The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1, Friday 7th December 2012 (2012/12/08)

 

Reviews added 2012/12/19:

Burton Bradstock - Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Saturday 1st December 2012 (2012/12/02)

Marvin B. Naylor :  The Stargazer's Symphonium (2012/12/16)

 

Reviews added 2012/12/13:

Mavrika :  Mavrika (2012/12/01)

 

Reviews added 2012/11/27:

Najma Akhtar In Concert At The Cockpit, Marylebone, London NW8, Sunday 11th November 2012 (2012/11/13)

Burton Bradstock :  All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day (Vinyl LP Version) (2012/11/26)

[Art Review] Ed Gray - Ebb & Flow Exhibition, Dixie Queen, Butlers Wharf, Tower Bridge, London 11th November 2011 (2012/11/12)

Music Pilgrim Trio :  Spanning The Globe (2012/11/26)

 

Reviews added 2012/11/16:

Burton Bradstock - All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day Album Launch At The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1, 30th October 2012 (2012/10/31)

Vusi Mahlasela :  Say Africa (2012/11/05)

 

Reviews added 2012/10/31:

Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha :  Yo Rovaniemella (2012/10/26)

Einar Olav Larsen Trio :  Lysblain (2012/10/26)

 

Reviews added 2012/10/18:

Burton Bradstock :  All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day (2012/10/11)

Terryazoome - Launch Of Their Album Xana Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Saturday 13th October 2012 (2012/10/14)

The Unthanks :  Diversions Vol. 3 - Songs From The Shipyards (2012/10/10)

 

Reviews added 2012/10/04:

Mehran :  Subterranea (2012/09/26)

State Of Undress :  I'm Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So) (Single) (2012/10/02)

The Unthanks :  Diversions Vol. 2 - The Unthanks With Brighouse And Rastrick Brass Band (2012/09/24)

 

Reviews added 2012/09/23:

Various Artists :  The Original Sound Of Cumbia (2012/09/16)

 

Reviews added 2012/09/08:

UK 2012 Calypso Monarch Finals, The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11, Thursday 23rd August 2012 (2012/08/24)

Aziz Sahmaoui :  University Of Gnawa (2012/09/07)

 

Reviews added 2012/08/20:

Alexander D. Great :  The Night Watchman (2012/08/14)

London International Arts Festival - Day Two, at Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford, Essex, Saturday 11th August 2012 (2012/08/13)

 

Reviews added 2012/08/10:

State Of Undress :  Journeys Of The Heart (2012/08/02)

Tamikrest :  Toumastin (2012/08/08)

 

Reviews added 2012/07/25:

Joyce Moreno :  Rio De Janeiro (2012/07/22)

Mudgal, Rucker, Business Class Refugees :  No Stranger Here (2012/07/24)

 

Reviews added 2012/07/11:

Asgeir & Mo :  Danza De Andalucia (2012/07/04)

Boban I Marko Marcovic Orkestar :  Golden Horns - The Best Of (2012/07/09)

Bethany Jameson & Romano Viazzani / Vérité Cabaret Quartet - On the Banks Of The Seine Live At The Green Note, Camden Town, London NW1, Friday 29th June 2012 (2012/07/03)

Ben Zabo :  Ben Zabo (2012/07/09)

 

Reviews added 2012/06/27:

Kayhan Kalhor & Madjid Khalaj Live At The Barbican Centre, London EC2, Friday 15th June 2012 (2012/06/22)

Juwon Ogungbe :  Life Force Music (2012/06/21)

Sarazino :  Everyday Salama (2011/06/23)

 

Reviews added 2012/06/10:

Avalonia At St. Ethelburga's, London, 19th May 2012 (2012/05/22)

Guy Schalom & The Baladi Blues Ensemble At Dingwalls, Camden Town, London NW1, Sunday, 20th May 2012 (2012/05/22)

 

Reviews added 2012/05/16:

Kayhan Kalhor With Ali Bahrami Fard :  I Will Not Stand Alone (2012/05/15)

Guillermo Rozenthuler - Brazil, Meu Amor Live At Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Bloomsbury, London WC1 4th May 2012 (2012/05/05)

Terryazoome : Xana (2012/05/10)

Yair Yona :  World Behind Curtains (2012/05/09)

 

Reviews added 2012/05/02:

Sarah Gillespie And The War On Trevor Live At The Vortex, Dalston, London N16, Thursday 26th April 2012 (2012/04/28)

Carmen Souza Duo Feat. Theo Pas'cal :  London Acoustic Set (2012/04/22)

The Unthanks :  An Intimate Evening With The Unthanks At The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London W11, Wednesday 25th April 2012 (2012/04/27)

 

Reviews added 2012/04/20:

Sarah Gillespie :  The War On Trevor (2012/04/12)

Sachal Jazz Ensemble Live At Queen Elizabeth Hall, SBC, London SE1, Tuesday 17th April 2012 (2012/04/18)

Teymour Housego :  Haunting Bazaar (re-release 2012/revision of data only) (data rev. 2012/04/19)

 

Reviews added 2012/04/09:

Cheng-Ying Chuang :  Wandering Voices (2012/03/07)

Sachal Studios Orchestra, Lahore :  Sachal Jazz (2012/04/06)

 

Reviews added 2012/04/01:

Martin Alvarado, with Horacio Avilano Trio :  Más Allá (2012/03/27)

Women Of The World Festival - A Celebration Of South Asia & Women From The South Asian Continent Live At Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London E1, Thursday 29th March 2012 (2012/03/30)

 

Reviews added 2012/03/25:

Mehboob Nadeem & Cheng-Ying Chuang - World Lute Encounter Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, Thursday 22nd March 2012 (2012/03/23)

George Panda :  Out Of Africa (2012/03/20)

 

Reviews added 2012/03/04:

The Agrin Ensemble :  Art Of Improvisation In Iranian Music (2012/02/29)

Martin Alvarado Live At The Forge, Camden Town, London NW1, 1st March 2012 (2012/03/02)

The Unthanks :  The Songs Of Robert Wyatt And Antony & The Johnsons (2011/12/19)

 

Reviews added 2012/02/25:

Simon Thacker And Svara-Kanti At The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1, 8th December 2011 (2011/12/09)

Simon Thacker And The Nava Rasa Ensemble :  Nada ~ Ananda (2011/12/19)

The Unthanks :  Last (2012/01/30)

 

Reviews added 2012/02/17:

Martin Alvarado Live At The Light Temple, Austin Street, London E2, Saturday, 26th November 2011 (2011/11/27)

Épocanova :  Live Demo (2011/12/20)

 

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Artists' Profiles

Artists' profiles consist of brief profiles, complete with discographies, contact/booking and other useful information, for some of the artists whose work has been featured on Rainlore's World of Music.
 

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Articles & Features

Both formal and informal articles, both on as well as off site, on all manner of topics relating to World Music. Titles are accompanied by brief descriptions of the content. A full index of articles and features is also available.

Features/Articles added 2012/10/31:

DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 51-60 Playlists And Links (2012/10/28)

 

Features/Articles added 2012/09/08:

UK 2012 Panorama Finals, Elsmsie Horniman's Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, London W10, Saturday 25th August 2012 - Results & Commentary (2012/08/26)

 

Features/Articles added 2012/08/20:

DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 21-30 Playlists And Links (2012/08/15)

DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 31-40 Playlists And Links (2012/08/16)

DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 41-50 Playlists And Links (2012/08/16)

 

Features/Articles added 2012/05/16:

DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 11-20 Playlists And Links (2012/05/06)

 

Features/Articles added 2012/04/20:

DJ Ritu's A World in London At SOAS Radio Ep. 1-10 Playlists And Links (2012/04/13)

 

Features/Articles added 2012/02/17:

The AWIL-Rainlore World Music Albums Top 10 Of 2011 (2012/02/09)

 

 

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