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Feb
15
2018

BAMBULA

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 City Recital Hall, January 25  6.5/10 Here was a decade-long collaboration stripped back to something elemental: just Daniel Wilfred’s voice and bilma (clapsticks), David Wilfred’s yidaki (didjeridu) and Paul Grabowsky’s piano. At the end Grabowsky described the Wilfred brothers (from South East Arnhem Land) as his favourite musicians with whom to work because “they do […]

Feb
12
2018

SHABAKA & THE ANCESTORS

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City Recital Hall, January 24 8.5/10 In the 1960s South Africa became a crucible for some of the world’s most vibrant jazz. Apartheid drove away many of the key musicians, mostly to London (electrifying that city’s jazz scene), while the great pianist-composer Abdullah Ibrahim and the trumpeter Hugh Masekela (who has just passed away) made […]

Feb
10
2018

Meow Meow’s Pandemonium

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Concert Hall, January 22 8.5/10 What to give the girl who has everything? How about a symphony orchestra? Or at least most of one, to flesh out her trio, somewhat; to make the band almost as big as her hair – if still nowhere near as big as her persona. Melissa Madden Gray’s Meow Meow […]

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