Monday 23 April 2018

Namvula - A World in London

Namvula Rennie - vocals and guitar

Date: 18th April 2018
Venue: A World In London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Current Album - Quiet Revolutions (2017)

Future performance
18 May 2018 - Winerborne Stickland Hall, UK
19 May 2018 - Broadmayne Hall, UK
25 May 2018 - BBC Biggest Weekend, Perth, Australia
9 June 2018 - Balabam, London, UK
28 July 2018 - Manchester Jazz Festival, UK

Click to Listen to Namvula on A World In London with DJ Norman Druker -

DJ Norman Druker
Namvula Rennie is a cool, thoughtful singer-songwriter whose distinctive fusion style reflects her history. Born in Zambia, with a Zambian mother and Scottish father, she lived in Kenya, Switzerland and the US before settling in London, while taking regular trips back to Africa. Her second album, Quiet Revolutions, shows how she has developed as a confident, soulful performer who can switch effortlessly between from African and European influences. Namvula sings in a bewildering variety of languages, and the lyrics and translations are worth checking out online at

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Son Yambu - A World in London

Alberto 'Muziquito' Savigne
Son Yambu
Dunia Correa - vocals
Frank Portuondo Ortiz - trés
Rene 'Menique' Savigne - percussion
Javier Fioramonti - bass
Toby Herschmann - percussion
Alberto 'Muziquito' Savigne - trumpet

Date: 11th April 2018
Venue: A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Current album - La Maravilla (2012)

Rene 'Menique' Savigne
Future performance 2018
21st April: Etchingham Village Hall
26th April: Broadwell Green, Glos
5th May: Century Club, London
1st June: Jazz Cafe
2nd June: Devizes Carnival
9th June: Subscription Rooms, Stroud.
23rd June: The Stables, Milton Keynes
11th July: Lichfield Festival
12th July: Henley Festival
15th July: Hampstead Heath
10th August: Chilly Festival
2nd September: Norden Farm Arts Centre
22nd September: The Theatre, Chipping Norton

A World In London (AWIL) saw a Sophie Darling take-over, as DJ Ritu and the AWIL team are spread across the world.

Frank Portuondo Ortiz
A high energy performance from Afro-Cuban London based SON band: Son Yambu.

Son Yambu play SON music: the fusion of Spanish and African rhythms that together, many years ago in the Oriente Province of Cuba, came together to form the very bread and butter of the world’s latin music scene today. It is the predecessor to salsa, to rhumba, to latina… we are speaking about … son Cubano! (of course!).

Dunia Correa
Created in the depths of Eastern Cuba in the mid-19th century, son music arose from the thousands of African slaves who were forced to work in the sugar cane fields in Cuba. Here they continued their African musical traditions, playing their rhythms in their communities, and fusing it with the hispanics who were also enslaved on the island. From this melting pot of cultures and rhythms sprung the birth of son. Then came the explosion of this characteristically Cuban music, followed later by the Buena Vista Social Club popularising Cuban music, placing it on the “world-music” map and into the spotlight. It’s an influential music which has hit every part of the globe.

Javier Fioramonti
On this AWIL we have London’s finest son band accompanying us in the Resonance studio. Toby playing Timbales and cowbells, the Savinge cousins on congas and trumpet, Frank on tres, Javier on bass and Dunia on vocals and güiro were all packed into the resonance studio. We on AWIL were treated to some new tracks from their up-coming, as yet, untitled album.

Toby Herschmann
Son Yambu formed in 2011 with the debut album ‘La Maravilla’ which was released in 2012. After this they toured profusely playing all manner of festivals and concerts throughout the world, and a short seven years after their inception, they returned to London to record their second album. On AWIL Son Yambu talk us through the structural and historical elements to the infamous SON genre. They tell us about playing concerts in our capital city of London and of the Latin and Cuban communities of which they find themselves a part. From the bomba to the timba, the rhumba to the son, we explore a musical madness that’s infectiously happy….and irresistibly danceable.

Helen Anahita Wilson - Bhooma

Helen Anahita Wilson
Helen Anahita Wilson
presented by 7 Star Arts

Date: 10th April 2018
Venue: The Jazz Room at The Bull's Head, Barnes, UK

Forthcoming 7 Star Arts events
20th May 2018 - Lost in Love with Natasha Hardy at The Jazz Room, The Bull's Head, Barnes
2nd June 2018 - Chekhov's Grand Piano at Craxton Studios NW3
26th June 2018 - Liam Stevens Trio at The Jazz Room, The Bull's Head, Barnes

Helen Anahita Wilson flooded The Bull's Head, Barnes with music that softened every fibre of the legendary jazz venue. A world of hard bop and bold brass was swept away in a night of candlelit discoveries. Flickering smiles danced across the faces in the crowd for it was a performance of sensitivity that encouraged a sense of beauty and reflection. Wilson repertoire included music by Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Stephen Montague, Peter Feuchtwanger and Helen Anahita herself.

"I make late night, low light that is rich and sensual....intimate and tender also."

Helen Anahita Wilson
Helen Anahita Wilson is a pianist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and musical explorer based in Brighton, UK and performing multi-sensory, post-genre concerts across the world. She likes to build and sculpt sonic space. And I like to colour it, be it by flooding space with sound and resonance or just by hearing one tiny drop of the most delicate beauty being suspended.

In exploring music from across the world Wilson draws inspiration from many Asian traditions, from jazz and from her own background as a Western classical musician. She have performed at major venues and festivals across the world and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She studied performance and composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama London, the University of Sussex and SOAS, University of London. 

My debut solo album 'BHOOMA' is due for release in 2018.

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Seby Ntege Band - Five Notes

Seby Ntege

Seby Ntege - kora
Diana Lwanga - voice
Will Sherratt - guitar
Lucas Keen - drums
Rob Stevens - bass

Date: 4th April 2018
Venue: A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Current album: Five Notes (2018)

Will Sherratt
Future performance
15th April 2018 - "Five notes" - Album Launch event, Rich Mix, London, United Kingdom
31st May 2018 - Ember Lounge, Stoke-On-Trent, United Kingdom
1st June 2018 - Hot Numbers, Cambridge, United Kingdom
2nd June 2018 - Cambridge Strawberry Fair Festival, Cambridge, United Kingdom
6th July 2018 - Drum Camp Festival, Bungay, United Kingdom

Music that you’ve never heard but wish you always had, with Seby Ntege Band on this A World in London! Click:
Diana Lwanga
So much sparking talent was squeezed into our studio on Wednesday and at its core was phenomenal multi-instrumentalist Seby Ntege, Uganda’s premier musical ambassador! We lost count of exactly how many instruments Seby plays, but grasped that they include the adungu harp, akogo thumb piano, a one-string lyre, panpipes, percussion, and his latest acquirement, the kora, thanks to some collaborations with mighty Gambian Londoner Sona Jobarteh. Seby employs this impressive arsenal as well as his excellent voice to create upbeat, compelling dancefloor songs that are punctuated by powerful & personal lyrical content, singing in a range of languages like Swahili, Luganda, and English. Each of Seby’s trusted comrades in the band plays an essential individual role and all the characters fit perfectly like jigsaw puzzle pieces. There’s fellow vocalist & Ugandan lullaby queen Diana Lwanga, Mr. Will on guitar (Will Sherratt), Lucas Keen on drums, and bassist Rob Stevens on production, and their collective hi-energy performance is infectious, bringing Ugandan genres like Baksima to full glory and at last stamping these overlooked sounds on the world map. Seby Ntege Band launch their superb debut album ‘Five Notes’ at Mwalimu Express at Rich Mix London on April 15th, and then plan to tour the UK later this year! .
Lucas Keen
4/4/18 – AWIL 160 Online:…/a-world-in-london-4th-april-2018/ Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, and sketches by Alban Low. This week on SOAS Radio – author Garth Cartwright. Click:…/episodes/awil-254-garth-cartwright Next week Sophie Darling’s global music mix on SOAS and Son Yambu at Resonance. #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TWELFTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio
#London #global #music #worldmusic #folkmusic #radio #Uganda #Africa #kora #album #UK Focus Atta Focus Organization Soas Pan-African Soc Max Reinhardt SOAS East Africa Society African Music
Rob Stevens

Tuesday 3 April 2018

Domino Kirke - Happy No Happy

Domino Kirke

Domino Kirke

Date - 2nd April 2018
Venue - Servant Jazz Quarters, London, UK

A rare UK appearance from Domino Kirke at Servant Jazz Quarters (London) was a treasure of intimacy and suppressed desire. Kirke's heart is embroidered on her sleeve, as delicate as the tattooed lace that runs up and down her arm. It is vulnerable, it is the honest beating rhythm of her music. Kirke's latest album ‘Breaking Waves’ is set for a UK release this summer. Happy No Happy was the song of the night.

Domino Kirke
For Brooklyn-based songwriter/singer Domino Kirke, the entertainment industries have served as a formative part of her existence since childhood. Though she is known both as the daughter of Simon Kirke, drummer for bands including Free and Bad Company, and sister to actresses Jemima and Lola. Domino has forged her own path in music, holding an active place in the New York music scene for well over a decade. A graduate of the prestigious LaGuardia High School’s classical voice and piano programs, Domino signed her first record deal with Andre Levins’ Fun Machine label after being discovered at the historic Joe’s Pub before working with Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Adele) and Jordan Galland, with whom she formed DOMINO.
After taking time off following the birth of her son in 2009, Domino started her own Doula service, returning to music in 2013 with her first solo EP, titled The Guard, produced by Timo Ellis and Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Japanese Breakfast). Domino followed The Guard with her EP “Independent Channel” in 2014, and most recently released her first album “Beyond Waves” in August 2017, produced by Joan Wasser (Joan as Police Woman) and engineered by Daniel Schlett (Modest Mouse, Oberhofer, DIIV). In support of her records, Domino has made appearances at several New York institutions, including Mercury Lounge, Brooklyn Bowl, The Ace Hotel, The Manhattan Inn and more, and will be touring in 2018.

Solomon's Seal - Servants Jazz Quarters

Solomon's Seal
Solomon's Seal
Joseph Giffard Tutt

Date - 2nd April 2018
Venue - Servant Jazz Quarters, London, UK

A gentle and intimate introduction to a new performer on the London music scene.
Face in the crowd