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Feb
2
2013

Rokia Traore: High Noon in Mali

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When music is banned in the north of your country, and those who persist in making it are threatened with having their fingers amputated, the stakes of being a musician have just been raised. But, as Rokia Traore knows, the stakes were always high in Mali, the epicentre of African music, and the well-spring of […]

Jan
31
2013

Robert Wyatt – Involuntary Innovation

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Were Robert Wyatt your only source of Robert Wyatt information you’d conclude he was the most useless scrub ever to presume to make records. Repeatedly during our hour-long telephone chat he refers to himself as “rubbish”, insists how little he knows about music, or deflects questions by discussing someone else.  Yet Wyatt is that rarest […]

Jan
27
2013

Keith Jarrett Goes To Rio

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  November 19, 2011.  Keith Jarrett had performed hundreds of solo concerts, but not like this. From backstage he could hear the buzz in the auditorium, the voices carrying just enough to catch the mellifluous Portuguese lilt that surrounded him everywhere he went. Even the name of the city, Rio de Janeiro, was like music. […]