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Tokyo ten-piece Ajate uses the portmanteau ‘Afrobayashi’ to describe their original fusion of traditional Ohayashi music (played during Japanese ancestral festivals) and afrobeat. Formed in 2009 by Junichiro “John” Imaeda after a trip to Accra, the band’s third album, Dala Toni out via French label 180g, continues their exploration of the commonalities between Japanese and Ghanaian music. This fusion is evident right from the start on “Waya Waya,” described in the liner notes as “The drunken anthem for drunkards.” It […]...
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Synthetic Hearts is the second volume of a collaboration between self-described “songcatcher” Msaki and multi-hyphenate creative Tubatsi Mpho Moloi. The result of this meeting of hearts is an extraordinary record, best appreciated in one sitting. Recorded at Jazzworx in Johannesburg, the two rising stars—Msaki, who has collaborated with the likes of Black Coffee and Diplo, and Moloi, a member of the breakout Soweto group Urban Village—are joined by cellist Clément Peti and Frédéric Soulard on synths. A minimalist album, it opens […]...
Just over a month ago, Franki Raden and his team orchestrated another successful edition—the third in its history—of IMEX, the Indonesian Music Expo. Launched in 2022, the event undertakes the ambitious and exhilarating task of exploring and showcasing the diverse musical expressions from the 17,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. Over four days, from the 9th to 12th of May, musicians, industry delegates, and music lovers gathered in the scenic hilly jungle setting of Ubud, on the island […]...
On Saturday, 22 June, at Portico Gallery in West Norwood, will host a special fundraiser backing Youthsayers. Since 2016, this local music education initiative in South London has been igniting passions and talents in underprivileged youth through free jazz, afrobeat, and reggae sessions. Under the guidance of Robin Hopcraft and Idris Rahman from Soothsayers, Youthsayers focuses on empowering underprivileged youth while nurturing their musical proficiency, leadership skills, and confidence. The night will include performances by none other than Prince Fatty, […]...
The Jago in Dalston will host Our Heartbeats: A Club Night for Refugee Week, organised by Counterpoints Arts to spotlight emerging DJ talent from their recent workshop. This event, part of Refugee Week 2024, will feature a line-up of new DJs trained under the mentorship of established artists Kensaye and Mahnoor at The Roundhouse. The performances will blend global and “local” beats, reflecting this year’s theme, “Our Home,” and offer partygoers an eclectic mix of musical styles. The night will […]...

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