Monthly Archives: March 2012

Cornes de Gazelles ~ Kaab el ghzal ~ Gazelle’s Horns

  On my recent return from Morocco, my case was too full of presents and requests for friends (more on those later) to allow any space for my usual consignment of pastries and biscuits.  But it’s hardly the done thing … Continue reading

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A Single Swallow, Horatio Clare

An ancient Taoist saying goes: “The journey is the reward.”  Horatio Clare’s journey begins in South Wales.  He decides to trace local swallows to their winter hangouts in South Africa and then follow them across Africa back to Europe.  The … Continue reading

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Zawiya Hamdouchia, Essaouira

The Gnaoua World Music Festival is well known worldwide as a celebration of gnaoua music and culture in Essaouira, Morocco. However, once the tourists and world music fans had returned home, it was an unexpected pleasure this winter to discover … Continue reading

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Sierra Maestra in Edinburgh

Hailing from Havana, Sierra Maestra are no strangers to the UK.  They were here only last spring (2011), when they also played in Edinburgh.  At their March 2012 gig, the band had everyone on their feet all night, as you … Continue reading

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Los Van Van in Leeds

Los Van Van, from Havana, Cuba, are an incredible band to see live.  With 16 musicians and vocalists on stage, they are true to the Spanish term for such a band: orquesta. I have seen them before – at the … Continue reading

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Following in his father’s footsteps: Vieux Farka Touré

It’s not often that my hometown of Edinburgh is fortunate enough to play host to the greats of African music, but during Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival this year, Vieux Farka Touré played in both cities. Despite his name, Vieux Farka … Continue reading

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Russian Coffee Cake

I changed jobs this week, and I couldn’t leave my team without bringing them in a cake.  Over the 1.5 years we worked together, my colleagues have got used to me bringing one in from time to time, so I … Continue reading

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