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Lokkhi Terra meets Dele Sosimi: Cubafrobeat

Read "Cubafrobeat" reviewed by Chris May

A younger version of London's Grand Union Orchestra, founded by world-jazz pioneer Tony Haynes in 1982, Lokkhi Terra was put together by keyboard player Kishon Khan in 2005. Both ensembles have made a specialism of jazz / South Asian fusion, with Lokkhi Terra also giving as much attention to music from Cuba, where Bangladeshi-born, London-based Khan ...

Soothsayers: Tradition

Read "Tradition" reviewed by Chris May

To describe London's Soothsayers as a group of jazz musicians who get together to play a blend of roots reggae and Afrobeat is true--but potentially misleading. It could suggest that the musicians are taking time out from serious music-making to engage in something more ephemeral, of lesser importance. The truth is contrariwise. First off, roots reggae ...

Soothsayers Meet The Red Earth Collective: One More Reason

Read "One More Reason" reviewed by Chris May

It's been four years since the release of Soothsayers' last album, the masterpiece Tangled Roots (Red Earth, 2005), but it seems like yesterday. A turbulent mash-up of jazz, Afrobeat, dub and funk, the disc still blows through the speakers like a fresh gale, coursing out of the vibrant, multi-cultural, south London milieu, centered around Brixton, which ...

Soothsayers: Tangled Roots

Read "Tangled Roots" reviewed by Chris May

In the years since Fela Anikulapo Kuti's death--and truth be told, for longer than that, because Kuti's music was increasingly overwhelmed by personal problems from the late-1980s on--it has seemed more and more unlikely that we would ever hear top-dollar, flowering-top, kick-the-door-in Afrobeat again.

The golden age of the music was roughly 1973-76, when Kuti recorded ...