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Tshaka Mayanja: Chasing His Jazz Dream

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'Jazz' and 'Uganda' are rarely used in the same sentence. This little country in East Africa does not have much of a jazz tradition to speak of, let alone write about. Aside from international artists, the likes of Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela, as well as specially arranged cultural exchanges by the American, German and Dutch ...


Article: Live Review

Lura at Fiddler's Club in Bristol

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Lura Fiddler's ClubBristol, UKMay 19, 2007 It was while trawling through the music store HMV that I chanced upon the latest offering from a versatile Cape Verdean-by-way of Portugal vocalist. I had not heard of Lura prior to that. When I checked out her music online, I instantly loved what I was hearing ...


Article: Live Review

10th Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham, England

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The Cheltenham Jazz Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Running from April 27th to May 2nd in sunny Cheltenham in the south-west of England, the festival marked its first decade in some style. It scored two large coups in bringing Ornette Coleman, who celebrated his 75th birthday this year, and Herbie Hancock, each of whom ...


Article: Live Review

Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey at The Wardrobe, Leeds, UK

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In Cyro Baptista's new “home country" of New Jersey, people like to renovate their homes - for fun. Baptista prefers to take his apart and create odd-looking musical instruments out of them, like the PVC-pipe contraption (played with sandals) that inspired the home renovation joke. He appeared with these and more together with his 7-person Beat ...


Article: Live Review

The Aaron Thurston Trio Set Kampala on Fire

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" reviewed by Philip Songa

The Aaron Thurston Trio was in Uganda on 14 and 15 September, performing in Mbale and at the National Theatre in Kampala and, boy, did they set the theatre on fire! Back in July someone mentioned to me that there is nothing like the live jazz experience – and he was absolutely right. The three lads ...


Article: Live Review

Either /Orchestra at the National Theatre in Kampala

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If ever there was any doubt that music is a universal language then the combination of eight Americans, one Dominican Republican, one guy from Surinam and one Ugandan playing music from Ethiopia in Uganda in moving style ought to remove the last vestiges of such doubt. That is exactly the kind of reassurance that was given ...


Article: Album Review

Marc Antoine: Cruisin'

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Consider his name and you'll most likely guess that he is French. Listen to his music and you'd be forgiven for mistaking him to be Latin American. This mystery man is French jazz guitar man Marc Antoine (not to be confused with Puerto Rican crooner Marc Anthony). I was introduced to the sound of Marc Antoine ...


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