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Article: Under the Radar

Ill Considered - Reconsidered

Read "Ill Considered - Reconsidered" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


London Calling, AgainAround 2010, the South London jazz scene began breaking with tradition for an alternative union of music rooted in global cultures. It represented a fundamental change in the way young Londoners related to music; the rhythms were infused with hip hop, spiritual jazz, dubstep, funk, groove, reggae, and future soul in various combinations. In ...

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Article: Album Review

Soothsayers: We Are Many

Read "We Are Many" reviewed by Chris May


Straddling jazz, Afrobeat, conscious reggae and dub, South London's Soothsayers is among the top ten must-see attractions on Britain's club circuit (on hold for the duration). Soothsayers can make the lame not merely walk, but dance. We Are Many is the band's ninth studio album and it is a superbly well-realized production, up there with an ...

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Article: Album Review

Zara McFarlane: Songs Of An Unknown Tongue

Read "Songs Of An Unknown Tongue" reviewed by Chris May


It takes courage for a musician to depart from a successful recipe to the extent that the British singer and songwriter Zara McFarlane does on Songs of An Unknown Tongue. The disc is not a complete shift from the paradigm of her three previous albums, but it is a radical spin on it. ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Afrobeat: An Alternative Top Ten

Read "Afrobeat: An Alternative Top Ten" reviewed by Chris May


It would be hard if not impossible to compile an Afrobeat Top Ten which was not wholly made up of Fela Anikulapo Kuti albums. Such was Kuti's centrality in the creation and development of Afrobeat, such was the productivity of his recording career--his catalogue totals more than fifty albums, not counting reissues and compilations--and such was ...

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Tradition

Label: Wah Wah 45s
Released: 2018
Track listing: Tradition; Good Vibration; Heart Rules Head; Nothing Can Stop Us; Goodnight Rico; Sleepwalking (Black Man’s Cry); Dis & Dat; Overcome; Watching The Stars; Take Me High; Natural Mystic.

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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One More Reason

Label: Red Earth Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Intro; We Better Learn; Bad Boys; Slow Down; Tears Of Sorrow; Irie; Hold On; Mama Said; Your Love; River Effra; History; We Must Return To Dub; Tears In Dub.

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Article: Album Review

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 ...


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