Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Chocolate Hills - A Pail of Air

Alex Paterson

Chocolate Hills
Alex Paterson
Paul Conboy

26th June 2019 - A World in London, London, UK

Alex Paterson from The Orb and Paul Conboy from Metamono, present their new combo project Chocolate Hills on this A World in London! 

If Chocolate Hills were edible, they would be rich creamy morsels of cocoa and praline with a melt in the middle centre. The kind you take time over whilst contemplating and retreating from the world into a dreamlike state of bliss. That’s how their music is, not rushed and not rushing anywhere. Just laid back and delectable to be savoured slowly.

In this AWIL interview with The Orb’s Dr. Alex Paterson and Metamono’s Paul Conboy, there was so much that got talked about that it’s hard to unpick it for a write up. But conversation flowed about their forthcoming tours which must include churches- the album launch was at Old St Pancras Church. ‘Just 6 dates should do it’ says Paul. Truthfully every show would be unique given the unplanned unpredictable and improvisational nature of how these guys work. Then there were anecdotes about how they met - over a mountain of pancakes cooked up by Paul in Bali. Whatever he’s cooking up relates to his relationship with analogue synths using real and fresh ingredients - only the best will do - while Alex holds on to his vinyl roots and realness. Sampling, looping, blending, mixing and creating - it’s all a natural experience and second nature for Alex and Paul. They spoke about the radio station they run in a local record shop where they can play nonstop music without any speech.
Paul Conboy
Alex casually mentions some of his long-time mates from the music industry - KLF, Andy Weatherall, and of course Killing Joke producer Youth who’s really more like a blood brother to him. Youth’s record label Painted Word is a true home for Chocolate Hills’ debut album in more ways than one. Ravensbourne School of Art graduate Alex designed the cover for ‘A Pail of Air’, and when I asked him about the evergreen appeal of ambient music since the 90s, he replies emphatically: ‘ethereal music that grabs you by the soul. And testicles’.
Catch these two legends, or ‘leg-ends’ as Alex humbly corrects me, together as Chocolate Hills on this AWIL, because these guys are the most delicious sound to come out of south London in years!

26/6/19 – AWIL 216. Online: Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low. This week Aino Moonga at SOAS Radio, Radio and Youth, Violeta Vicci, and Toby Andersen atResonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1  

Monday, 24 June 2019

Luzmira Zerpa - Bright Star Electrica

A World in London, Borough, London, UK
19th June 2019

Lighting up the universe, superb singer and composer Luzmira Zerpa on this A World in London! Click:

You know that expression, ‘the light & soul of the party’? Well when Family Atlantica were on the scene their performance was exactly like one big party, with lead vocalist Luzmira Zerpa as its shining star. The group may be resting but its charismatic and vivacious Venezuelan co-founder Luzmira is still electric, focusing her creative rays into a solo album that promises an abundance of energy. Luzmira Electrica, as it’s called, sees this superwoman in a more introspective mood, ‘music is silence as well’, she says quite rightly. She’s working on a collection of traditional Amazonian songs that were taught to her by an adoring uncle, who inadvertently also taught her not to sing out of tune the way he did! These songs are rooted in the earth, and held up by the sky – unshakeable, natural, and organic – the same qualities reflected in Luzmira’s uniquely brilliant & powerful voice. Her lyrical content is that much more poignant in this shifting, changing world we often find ourselves in, and it’s like we’re now hearing from an artist that has had to grow up and face down numerous personal challenges which she candidly shares about in this very personal AWIL interview. Luzmira, which means ‘light’ was named by her beloved father who always believed in her outstanding talent. ‘Hope is born out of darkness’ she says, and when referring to her creative powers, she explains that ‘desire has its own intelligence’. Sample a sneak preview of Luzmira Electrica on this AWIL, and be swathed in the light of hope.

19/6/19 – AWIL 215. Online: Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low. Also this week Juliana Yazbeck at SOAS Radio, click: Next week global music at SOAS Radio and Chocolate Hills (Alex Paterson – The Orb & Paul Conboy) at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here:  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1  

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

iskwē - A World in London


with Alex Mak

A World in London, Borough, London, UK
11th June 2019

Powerful and passionate singer songwriter iskwē was on #AWorldInLondon at Resonance 104.4fm with guitarist Alex Mak. Her soulful and revealing lyrics offer deep insights into the present lives & history of indigenous communities in Canada, telling stories that need to be told and very much heard. 

Alex Mak
iskwē is an Indigenous pop and electronic music singer from Canada, who received a Juno Award nomination for Indigenous Music Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2018 for her second album The Fight Within. The name iskwē is one part of the artists' traditional Cree name, which was gifted to her through ceremony in 1998 and she prefers this moniker over the legal name she was given at birth, as it is a connection to her spirit and culture. Further to this, iskwē has adopted Standard Roman Orthography to write her name, removing the use of capitalization, because this is a common practice used by Cree academics to write the language.

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, iskwē has lived in Los Angeles, New York City, and Toronto, and now calls Hamilton, Ontario home. She released her debut album Iskwé in 2013.
Bridging cross-cultural aesthetics while exploring her own struggle to both fit into and break away from modern Western archetypes has been an important part of iskwē's artistic vision since the release of her WCMA nominated self-titled debut album. Her debut single "Nobody Knows," produced by Juno Award nominees The Darcys and featured in the Netflix series Between, captivated audiences by turning a stark spotlight on the more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.
iskwē garnered a win at the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) for Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year and her 2017 album The Fight Within recently received a JUNO nomination for Indigenous Music Album Of The Year. She followed up with a number of singles before releasing The Fight Within in 2017. In 2018, she received a SOCAN Songwriting Prize nomination for the song "Healers".

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

RAKA - Blistering Balkans

Josh Middleton

Ben Pitt
Lori Secanska
Josh Middleton
Lucy Tasker
Austin Cooper
John Macnaughton
Tim Karp 

Blistering Balkan music with RAKA on A World In London at Resonance 104.4fm.
Hear Ben Pitt, Lori Secanska, Josh Middleton, Lucy Tasker, Austin Cooper, John Macnaughton, and Tim Karp ignite our studio with their uplifting repertoire derived from Bulgaria, Romania, and Macedonia! Plus songs by recent #AWIL guests Angie Paice and Jason Kwan Music! #London #globalmusic #worldmusic #Balkans #BalkanMusic #livemusic#music #radio #Raka #band #accordion #davul #tuba #clarinet #saxophone#viola #vocals Pics & production by Sophie Darling Norman Druker Alban Low #DJRitu

Austin Cooper
Austin Cooper - TUBA

Growing up in a house of seven in the fen lands of Norfolk, Austin was consigned to the string section in the interests of keeping the family peace. As soon as he hit the road to London he started honking on bigger and bigger things until gaining access to a dubiously acquired tuba through the hands of Josh Middleton. Cutting his bassline teeth with Yoshke and the Wolves, leading UK brass band BYOB, mainstay of dub reggae outfit General Skank and a few other pots on the boil, playing with Raka is the biggest test of his springy diaphragm.

Lucy Tasker
Lucy Tasker - CLARINET
Lucy started playing the clarinet from the age of 10 in Japan where she lived as a child. She has studied Balkan music and jazz in Belgium and London, and traditional Bulgarian folk under Bulgarian maestros in Plovdiv. She has toured playing festivals and venues across the UK and abroad.

Ben Pitt
Ben Pitt - VIOLA
Ben Pitt is a London based Viola and Gadulka player, with a dedication to East European folk music and particular interest and experience in Bulgarian folk music.  As a Graduate in Music at Sussex University, Ben’s professional training over the three years was at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Over the more recent years he has reiteratively traveled to Bulgaria to learn from masters of the style, Angle Dobrev from Zornitsa Orkestra and Atanas Slavov-Mravcho as well as study at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv.  As a performer Ben has  collaborated with many musicians form projects such as; Barcelona Gypsy Balkan Orchestra, Tantz, Bucimis, and Don Kipper. Ben has studied with Dzambo Agusevi Orkestar and has taught at the London Fiddle Convention. 

Josh Middelton - ACCORDION
Josh Middleton is an accordionist and composer specialising in Klezmer and East European Folk styles. He has been performing music professionally since the age of 14, graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies with a first class degree in Ethnomusicology, and has since been intensively studying both Klezmer and Bulgarian music, the latter at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv. Josh has worked with many Klezmer and Balkan music ensembles such as She’koyokh, The London Klezmer Quartet, Tatcho Dorm, Raka and Don Kipper, has shared a stage with Klezmorim such as Frank London and Merlin Shepherd, taught at Klezfest London alongside Klezmer scholars such as Alan Bern and Joel Rubin, and recorded for artists as diverse as DJ Vadim and Kadialy Kouyate.
John Macnaughton
John Macnaughton - SAXOPHONE
Professional Saxophonist and Clarinettist specializing in the folk/world music scene in London. John studied on the prestigious BA Jazz course at Leeds College of Music (2010), and recently graduated from the MA Music Performance course at SOAS (2017) with distinction. Having played with many leading ensembles and musicians including, Guinean Griot; Mosi Conde, Nigerian Afrojazz band, 'Ayetoro', Afrofunk band 'Bronzehead', and Croatian Big Band 'Mimika', John has also worked in theatre(the London Bubble, Nick Cassenbaum, Viva Productions), and done various sessions for TV and film(Bleach Productions). Over recent years John has focused his energies on Klezmer and Balkan music. Having studied with leading musicians including Merlin Shepherd, Susie Evans, and Frank London.

Lori Secanska
Lori Secanska - VOCALS
Lori Secanska is an experienced vocalist, performer and a session singer, originally from Slovakia. She collaborated with many world music and experimental projects all over Europe, was a member of an international choir Apsora led by a Roma singer Ida Kelarova, a lead singer of a 40-piece ensemble London Gypsy Orchestra and recorded vocals for an award winning independent film 'Never let Go'. She performed at many international festivals and venues such as Pohoda Festival(Slovakia), Ealing Jazz Festival(UK), Union Chapel, Southbank Centre and St James Theatre(UK). Lori currently performs with a klezmer band Oysland and a balkan band Raka.

Tim Karp 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Kaykay Chauhan - Bollywood Swing

Kaykay Chauhan
Unifying genres, Kaykay & Co. on this A World in London!

Anj & Kaykay Chauhan exceeded all our expectations with their limitless, eclectic, genre-hopping set on this AWIL! Kaykay’s artist biography points to collaborations with the crème de la crème of bollywood playback singers like Asha Bhosle and Kumar Sanu, whose latest album he also produced. But actually Kaykay has always harboured a secret passion for 80s electro pop, formed in his teenage years whilst taping Top of the Pops every Thursday onto VHS. Bands like Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, and The Pet Shop Boys inspired Kaykay to take up keyboards, along with his dad’s harmonium, and soon he began performing on a global level. Vocalist Anj, Kaykay’s partner, is also self taught, natural and spontaneous. In the medleys you’ll hear on this show, she roars, purrs, and giggles, but most of all she sings in every style with perfection and panache. Anj’s ability to ‘act with the voice’ is reminiscent of top playback artists like Asha, but she has the raw gutsy power & soul of Usha Utap. Anj identifies with Etta James’ mantra:“Even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own to it”. Anj’s influences include Tina Turner and of course Etta, but she can carry a Bhajan or Bollywood tune skilfully too. Both Anj & Kaykay are huge fans of The Beatles too and in their Lennon-esque ‘Human Medley’, you’ll hear Hindi film favourite Kal Ho Naa Ho, rubbing shoulders with John’s ‘Imagine’. Kaykay & Anj are testament to the bountiful rewards of being British and South Asian, and the diasporic strings to our bow which cannot be confined within stereotypes. See Kaykay and Co. around town at a multitude of gigs and concerts, with their full line up which includes fellow superb vocalists Rekha Sawhney and Shahid Abbas Khan. Bollywood Jackson is their latest project and a treat for all ears! Later, I asked them whether being a married couple means they’re always making music at home? ‘Nah’ was Kaykay’s emphatic reply, but then this is guy who can improvise with anything and aside from composing, producing, and playing the piano, he’s also a music education teacher plus avid Liverpool FC supporter. After the show though, AWIL assistant Lucas Keen bid me farewell by saying ‘So I’m not gonna be with you for a few weeks cos hey, I’m getting married.’ Clearly some of Anj & Kaykay’s marital & musical magic had spread! Find out more here: Instagram @kaykaychauhan Twitter @kaykay_chauhan Facebook Page - Kaykay & Co. 

8/5/19 – AWIL 209. Online:…/a-world-in-london-8th-may-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low, and Jess Low. Also this week Janine Irons & Gary Crosby from Tomorrow's Warriors at SOAS Radio, click:…/a-world-in-london-299-tomorrows…/ Next week global music at SOAS Radio and glam-pop singer Jason Kwan Music at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here:…/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playli… #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio Online worldwide at #Mixcloud. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1
#London #globalmusic #worldmusic #Jazz #Bollywood #PopMusic #livemusic #music #radio #BritishAsian #composer #pianist #arranger #producer #singer

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Samaïa - Polyphonic Wanderlust

Luna Silva
Luna Silva
Noémie Nael
Eléonore Fourniau

A tryclone of unaccompanied voice with Samaïa on this A World in London! 

Eléonore Fourniau
Vivacious vocal trio Samaïa are in town for the London leg of their European tour. Their debut album is a rich powerhouse of women’s voices reinterpreting folk songs from across the globe, gilted with unique harmonies. On this AWIL they gifted us with treasures from Sweden, Turkey, and Bulgaria, and we learned about their unconventional warm up exercises that include massage and yoga! ‘We sing with our whole body’ explains Luna Silva, going on to describe the athletics of intertwining melodies through three voices. Samaïa weave a rich tapestry of polyphony, mostly accapela, but with minimal touches of percussion, that add to the primal feel of their songs. In fact they met at a Georgian polyphonic workshop, which hints at how extraordinary they are. Luna is the daughter of a Spanish clown and English actress, studied ethnomusicology at SOAS, plus Hindi, ukulele, and jaws harp. Noémie Nael comes from a theatre background. Eléonore Fourniau, studied in Istanbul, plays the saz, and is a queen of Anatolian ornamentation. The three might all have been raised in France but when it comes to music, possibly even The World Is Not Enough to contain their wanderlust! Samaia take their name from a Georgian dance performed by women which originated in the 12th century. Sample a glorious tricolour of harmony, magic, and shakti with the 21st century Samaïa now - three wonderful voices dancing in one superlative body of sound! 

Find out more here: See Samaïa live across France in June & July, and back in the UK at Shambala Festival Aug 25th & Campfire Club Aug 30th!

Noémie Nael
1/5/19 – AWIL 208. Online: Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low, and Jess Low. Also this week Nina Swann from Live Music Now at SOAS Radio, click: Next week Janine Irons & Gary Crosby from Tomorrow’s Warriors at SOAS Radio and glam-pop singer Jason Kwan at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here:  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1  

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Steve Williamson and Hamish Moore - A World in London

Steve Williamson
Hamish Moore

The Steve Williamson Experience on this A World in London! 

Hamish Moore
One of the UK’s most revered musicians is back with a brand new trio and a whole new experience! Sax hero Steve Williamson launches his tour on May 1st at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, flanked by two fine up and coming talents, double-bassist Hamish Moore & percussionist Zoe Pascal. They’ve blossomed out of the vibrant South London hot-house collective, Tomorrow's Warriors, founded by innovative and inspirational Gary Crosby & Janine Irons, which has revitalised British jazz beyond recognition, creating a cult that is also inclusive of women and black musicians. Steve is a key role model for Tomorrow’s Warriors and his new UK tour is a collaboration with them, adding Tomorrow's Warriors StringTing as support. The jazz scene has its own protocol, and this includes passing the baton to the next generation of musos, plus learning the essential Jazz standards. For Steve growing up in West London, mentors were in short supply aside from Art Blakey, so he had to look Stateside. He recalls practising on his saxophone for at least thirteen hours every day, absorbing tunes by John Coltrane and Joe Henderson, that is, when he wasn’t performing with mighty reggae stars like Mafia & Fluxy or Misty In Roots. In the 90’s Steve was intensely active, producing three acclaimed albums within as many years and collaborating with Shabaka Hutchings & Courtney Pine to name but a few. On this AWIL he tells us about how his brain is perpetually in motion composing new pieces, and we see him on the sax - fiery, brilliant, sensitive, and, intense. In fact that intensity, plus authenticity, underlines Steve’s way of being - as with many exceptionally talented musicians – prolific bursts of energy, touring, creating, recording, and then bouts of withdrawal and rest. It’s all about balance, and Steve describes life as an ‘undulating sound wave’. Catch him now, peaking at the top of one of those waves, with the Steve Williamson Experience! Full tour dates are: May 1st Purcell Room London, May 10 Turner Sims Southampton, May 18 CBSO, Birmingham, May 23 St. Georges Bristol, May 24 Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, July 20 Hull Jazz Festival.

24/4/19 – AWIL 207. Online:…/a-world-in-london-24th-april-20…/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low, and Jess Low. Also this week Grammy nominee composer Ella Spira from INALA: A Zulu Ballet at SOAS Radio, click:…/a-world-in-london-297-Inala/ Next week Nina Swann from Live Music Now at SOAS Radio and Samaïa at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here:…/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playli… #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio Online worldwide at #Mixcloud. Join us on Twitter & Instagram @aworldinlondon @djritu1
#London #globalmusic #worldmusic #jazz #livemusic #music #radio #saxophone #doublebass #composer #musician #SteveWilliamson