Category Archives: Words, Sound & Power

Music & Poetry of the African diaspora

STORM WARNING: Kate Tempest’s ‘The Bricks That Built The Houses’

STORM WARNING: Kate Tempest’s ‘The Bricks That Built The Houses’ is out now via Bloomsbury/Circus When I came across a review copy of Kate Tempest’s debut novel in my local second hand bookshop I was both happy and nervous. I’ve … Continue reading

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ANUTHA YES MI SELEKTAH… SUMMER JUST ARRIVED PT. 1

ANUTHA YES MI SELEKTAH… SUMMER JUST ARRIVED… yes, it’s June and it’s glorious out there – London is bathed in sunshine. OK, following on from the New York City vibe of the Vivien Goldman story, we touch down on Snowboy … Continue reading

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VIVIEN GOLDMAN: A TRANS-ATLANTIC “RESOLUTIONARY” FROM LADBROKE GROVE TO BROADWAY

VIVIEN GOLDMAN: A TRANS-ATLANTIC “RESOLUTIONARY” FROM LADBROKE GROVE TO BROADWAY. PORTRAIT taken in 1979 by David Corio There was a little wave of anticipation and excitement in NYC last week over the official launch of two long-cherished projects from my … Continue reading

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Memories of Rahsaan Roland Kirk & The film – ‘The Case Of The Three Sided Dream’

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Case Of The Three Sided Dream is a must-see documentary directed by Adam Kahan that gives us an insight into creative world of a wayward master musician. The music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk have travelled with … Continue reading

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THE RETURN OF ‘ENLIGHTENMENT’… JULY 1st Union Chapel

OK Brothers & Sisters…. ‘Enlightenment’- an original composition penned by master flautist Rowland Sutherland with support from the PRSF and inspired by the spirit of John Coltrane – returns to the capital this summer and the Ensemble can’t wait to … Continue reading

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Daymé Arocena: The Spirit of Young Cuba @ St Pancras Old Church

Daymé Arocena launched her forthcoming debut album on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint in the intimate setting of St Pancras Old Church in front an audience charged with anticipation. Last night I ventured into hinterlands of Kings Cross in search of … Continue reading

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RICHARD WILLIAMS on ‘To Pimp A Butterfly: The Shape Of Jazz To Come?

I DON’T OFTEN RE-BLOG PIECES – and hope Richard doesn’t mind me lifting his piece from thebluemoment.com – but I was vibed-up by these open and thoughtful reflections on two of the most important albums of 2015. Richard is a … Continue reading

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