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Oumou Sangaré delivers Mali 101 to appreciative scholars in Shoreditch, London

Oumou Sangaré delivers Mali 101 to appreciative scholars in Shoreditch, London

Vanguard Online May 18, 2017 0

I was looking forward to seeing a bit of world music in Shoreditch. I wasn’t sure what kind of audience Malian, Oumou Sangaré would draw to the old cavernous brick warehouse, an isolated segment

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Tony Allen’s jazz tribute is as rich as Christmas cake

Tony Allen’s jazz tribute is as rich as Christmas cake

Vanguard Online May 16, 2017 1

Tony Allen’s tribute to Art Blakey, a four track digitally released EP, sounds great, it really does. Its grande, New New York, late night, relaxing and star twinkling. It has a rich sound, as

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Carmen done in one hour?

Carmen done in one hour?

Vanguard Online May 16, 2017 0

Kirstin Chávez is doing a mini tour entitled Carmen: Fire and Fate. She’ll be visiting London, Hove and Warwick in June, and we plan to review one of her first London shows on the

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World class intro puts Oumou Sangaré on a sound footing

World class intro puts Oumou Sangaré on a sound footing

Vanguard Online May 16, 2017 0

The beats from what sounds like several singles seem to vie for supremacy and there’s this country twang which has me basking in the light of Sufjan Stevens. Its an incredible start and all

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An hour well spent on the edge of tears

An hour well spent on the edge of tears

Vanguard Online April 13, 2017 0

Seven young dancers take to a misty stage and roll in and out of each others arms for an hour at the Theater Royal Stratford East. Smother is a show about relationships, the ins and

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Heavy progressive rock with a nod to Oldfield

Heavy progressive rock with a nod to Oldfield

Vanguard Online April 1, 2017 0

Mutandis is an instrumental album, progressive rock one might say. It hops with gay abandon from Seattle grunge to 1970s psychedelia to soft rock and heavy rock and back again, though there is ultimately a bias towards

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Barry Manilow in the sky with diamonds…

Barry Manilow in the sky with diamonds…

Vanguard Online April 1, 2017 0

In places Thomas Lang’s The German Alphabet is a bit of a blur. It can be like watching clouds crossing the sky, mesmerising, but leaving no distinct trace on my memory. There’s blues and sadness. Lang’s vocals are

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Sexy, funky, cool…

Sexy, funky, cool…

Vanguard Online April 1, 2017 0

Its no surprise that My Baby have decided to call their new album Prehistoric Rhythm because its strength are its rhythms. The rhythms like the band members are are sexy, very sexy. They are cool and atmospheric and

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Ben Marwood is like an Aston Martin that splutters to a stop

Ben Marwood is like an Aston Martin that splutters to a stop

Vanguard Online April 1, 2017 0

Ben Marwood is a singer songwriter with a guitar and potential. In his new album Get Found Ben preaches and moans, he’s a bit Del Amitri. His singing slows into talking quickly. There’s some nice chords, some gentle

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Intravenous progressive rock to make you feel warm and buzzy

Intravenous progressive rock to make you feel warm and buzzy

Vanguard Online March 28, 2017 1

I was never one for standing up at gigs unless I was wasted on vodka and it was all about moshing. The amount of vodka I used to drink though wasn’t good for the complexion, so

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