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January 24, 2013 / Features - Archive

Watch most music clips involving female singers and clothing appears to be an optional extra. With rampant sexuality comprehensively whipping a good voice in the marketing stakes, Sing The Truth comes as a pleasant aberration, the focus being squarely on three exceptional singers.  Angelique Kidjo is the irrepressible powerhouse of…

January 23, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

The Complete 1959-61 (Chant du Monde/Select) The axiom that behind every great man lurks a great woman was inverted in Abbey Lincoln’s case. She could easily have been just another of the myriad 1950s singers with a pretty voice had she not fallen in with Max Roach. Roach – master-drummer,…

January 21, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Concert Hall, January 2, 2013 It’s hard not to like Rodrigo and Gabriela. The warm-hearted Mexican duo create firestorms of infectious energy on their nylon-string guitars, and since their first visit in 2006 their popularity has surged. From playing a Newtown club they now pack the Concert Hall, their appeal…