Damian Rafferty takes a look back on some of the seminal releases and trends that shaped this turbulent year.Read more "Editor’s End of the Year Round Up"
The next big thing on the traditional circuit or an overhyped new voice? Possibly a bit of both. There is no denying the musicianship of Athena Andreadis and her trio but this initial offering sometimes lacks biteRead more "Athena – Snapshot (EP)"
Akim el Sikameya charts the same exciting waters as Radio Tarifa and all those interested in the musical links that crisscross the Mediterranean and wind back and forth from the orient to the occident. He does so, however, from the south looking northRead more "Akim el Sikameya – Maghreb Mixology"
Before her sassy performance at this year’s WOMAD in Reading, the glamorous singer Lura shared stories of her unique Cape Verdean ancestry with a slice of cake to celebrate her thirtieth birthday. Beautiful, intelligent and absurdly talented, there is a huge buzz about this young singer who has been likened to the great Cesaria EvoraRead more "Lura – Body and Soul"
“My role is to say what I think as a teacher, and that is the role of a musician in my culture. If you look at the music of Bob Marley, for example, you will find that his reggae is a direct descendent of a Senegalese style, but it is the message in the lyrics […]Read more "Laye Sow – From Nomad to Womad and Back Again"
How often do things you are already looking forward to wildly exceed your expectations? WOMAD 2004 had a good line up with some interesting bands but some of the most famous names were absent and so it was with an open mind that I sped up the M4 on my scooter to Reading…Read more "Womad 2004 (Reading) Roundup"
One hopes that the Eden Project Sessions will continue for Womad, because this mini festival is a wonderful treat for all the senses.Read more "Womad Eden Session"