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Jul
15
2018

Ladysmith moves with the times

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It was news that came from nowhere. Ladysmith Black Mambazo were on tour when they heard that someone from New York wished to meet their leader, Joseph Shabalala. That someone turned out to be Paul Simon, who, to their complete amazement, wanted to work with them. At the time, after all, the all-male a capella […]

Jun
16
2018

Jim White dirties up Greek music

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The purists were probably sharpening their knives. Here, after all, was Jim White, famed Australian rock drummer, taking the traditional music of Crete back to Greece, and, being one half of just a duo with George Xylouris’s laouto and baritone voice, there was nowhere to hide. “I was apprehensive,” White concedes of that first time […]

May
12
2018

Jacob Collier does it in his room

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Jacob Collier’s response to Quincy Jones’s offer to produce his first album was certainly novel: “Can we just be friends?” This was a London kid, whose ingenious reimagining of such songs as Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely? had gone viral on YouTube, knocking back the producer of all those Michael Jackson hits, and the man […]