Category Archives: world music

Tinariwen in Edinburgh

Wrapped in their kaftans, tagelmust (also known as chech – a scarf/turban of up to 12 metres) and adorned with brightly decorated pendant pouches, Tinariwen cut quite a dash on a stage in Scotland. Tinariwen are a collective of Touareg … 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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懐かしい! Natsukashiiiiiiii~ !!

I came across an article recently in the magazine of the London Evening Standard while travelling… Apparently J-Pop is the latest big trend in clubbing in the Big Smoke.  My involuntary reaction was to think wistfully “natsukashii, na….” Natsukashii means … Continue reading

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Celtic Connections 2012 in Glasgow

Glasgow’s annual Celtic Connections Festival features the best of folk, roots and world music, celebrating Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe.  Artistic Director, Donald Shaw (founding member of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie) is successful in drawing artists … Continue reading

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Desert Island Discs

  I caught Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 this morning.  I am usually at work at the time it is broadcast and although it’s a British institution (broadcast since 1942), I have never taken time out to listen online.  … Continue reading

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The King of Kora

 Scottish fans of the undisputed “King of the Kora” had waited  for this moment.  Toumani Diabaté had been due to appear at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall around a year ago in autumn 2010 as part of the Afrocubism project with Cuban … Continue reading

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