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World Music

Ganesh Kumaresh with Trio AAB - Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Two special collaborations come to Alchemy as Indian violin duo Ganesh Kumaresh, known for their Carnatic music, join forces with Trio AAB following a critically-acclaimed collaboration at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in 2011. 2011 also saw Trio

Martin Simpson & Arieb Azhar - Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

Arieb Azhar, a singer and guitarist from Pakistan, is immersed in the traditional music of his own country which, combined with his deep understanding of Balkan and gypsy music, gives him a style that is uniquely his. Martin Simpson is one of the fines

Power Punch - Owiny Sigoma Band

In 2009, a handful of London-based musicians travelled to Nairobi in Kenya to collaborate with local musicians there. The project was set up by Hetty Hughes and her friend Aaron Abraham, co-founders of a voluntary organisation called Art of Protest establ

Nomad - Bombino

Nomad is the third album from the Tuareg guitarist, singer, and songwriter Omara “Bombino” Moctar. At the invitation of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, the Niger-born artist and his band traveled to Nashville for the recording, produced by Auerbach hi

Beautiful Africa - Rokia Traore

Beautiful Africa is the fifth studio album from Malian singer and musician Rokia Traoré. Time Out gave the album four out of five stars calling it: 'A defiant and vividly alive musical response to the crisis in Mali'.

Sweet Honey in the Rock - The Barbican

Their voices are at once beautifully honeyed and fervently strong, their music steeped in the rich textures of African American traditions with clarion calls of the civil rights movement ringing through. In celebration of their history as black women, Swe

Terry Allen: Bottom of the World - review

(TLA) Terry Allen is the maverick renaissance man of the alt-country scene. Born in Texas and now based in New Mexico, he's a painter and sculptor involved in theatrical projects, and a singer-songwriter whose unique work has been covered by everyone fro

UBS Soundscapes: Electica - The Barbican

The oud is a pear-shaped guitar characteristic of Middle Eastern music. Its captivating sound finds an ideal exponent in Dhafer Youssef, who as a boy in Tunisia was so poor that he crafted his own instrument out of scraps, and who has gone on to dominate

Sweet Honey in the Rock - review

The gents' lavs have never been more deserted at a Barbican concert than they are tonight. Sweet Honey in the Rock, the all-female African-American a cappella gospel quintet, have been selling out venues like this for four decades, always attracting an ov

Tricolore - Haiku Salut

Debut album by Derbyshire trio who use accordions, trumpets, glockenspiels, pianos, loopery and laptopery to create gorgeous instrumental music in the vein of múm and Yann Tiersen. Haiku Salut, a trio from the Derbyshire Dales who describe themselves as