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Despite being only eight years old at the time of the Congolese independence events 64 years ago, Nyboma‘s resonant voice has emerged as a defining feature of Congolese culture. On Sunday, the 23rd of June, a week before the anniversary of Independence, The Jazz Cafe will welcome the Kinshasa-born musician for a rare UK appearance. Known for his distinctive voice, Nyboma has been a driving force in shaping soukous music for more than five decades. Whether through his solo efforts, […]...
A double helping of New Orleans’ finest, Tank and The Bangas, awaits in the fine acoustics of Camden’s Jazz Cafe this summer. Winners of NPR’s Tiny Desk contest in 2017, this three-time Grammy-nominated collective blends hip-hop, soul, and spoken word, while also citing anime and Disney as influences. However, don’t underestimate the lyricism and flow of Tarriona “Tank” Ball, who fronts this slick group alongside musical director Joshua Johnson. Playing both a matinee and an evening show, expect nothing but […]...
There was a time in London, years and years ago, when you could show up at the late Passing Clouds or New Empowering Church at 1AM and the gig wouldn’t have started yet. You might have found yourself waiting another hour or more, sipping a few drinks to pass the time. Then, finally, it would be time to warm up your dancing feet because for the next 2, 3, or sometimes even 4 hours, you were set to dance relentlessly […]...
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Arriving 15 years after the original deep dive, Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Ghanaian Blues, which curated the years 1968-1981, comes this generous follow-up, spanning the tumultuous years 1980-1993 with 18 cuts of highlife, afrobeat, and more, largely produced in European exile. Released by Soundway on a recommended 3LP vinyl, the music on Ghana Special 2: Electronic Highlife and Afro Sounds In The Diaspora 1980-93 charts a prolific period during which Ghanaian musicians relocated to Europe, fleeing the […]...
In the ever-expanding landscape of music, certain bands emerge with a distinct sound and a compelling narrative that captures the imagination of listeners. Sharake, an acoustic-electronic band hailing from Syria/Germany, is one such entity. Their fusion of diverse cultural influences is gaining acclaim and admiration, and their influence is on the verge of spreading far beyond their origin in Berlin. At the heart of Sharake lies a beautiful blend of Arabic vocals with instruments like the oud and the clarinet, […]...

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