Monday, 17 April 2017

Chico Chica - Witty Jazz-Pop at AWIL

Barbara Snow

Chico Chica
Hilary Cameron - voice/piano
Tom Hannah - voice/guitar
Barbara Snow - voice/trumpet/percussion

Date - 12th April 2017
Venue - A World in London, SOAS, London, UK

Current releases

Falling, Falling (2017)

Future Performance
19th April 2017 - The Pheasantry, Kings Road, Chelsea

Tom Hannah
This Bank Holiday treat your ears to a multiplex of songs & spoken word wrapped around Salsa, Samba, Tango and Rai by London 5-piece Chico Chica! This witty, worldy wordy collective dazzled us on A World in London with their bumper-packed treasure chest of new goodies from their forthcoming album ‘Falling Falling’!

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Hilary Cameron
AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide: Apr 15 She'koyokh @ Beans & Barley, Apr 19 Chico Chica @ Pizza Express Kings Road ChelseaThe Pheasantry, Apr 21 Olcay Bayir Offical & Djanan Turan @ Epic Dalston, Apr 21+22 Bubble Schmeisis @ Battersea Arts, Apr 22 NAMLO @ St Ethelburga’s Listen to the World, Apr 23 Amizade at Pizza Express Jazz Club 23.04.17, Apr 28 Don Kipper @ Stour Space, Apr 28 Hura Nights with Djanan Turan & Special Guests @ the Library, Apr 29 Don Kipper Trio @ The Stable, Whitechapel, Apr 29 Oysland @ Jamboree, Apr 29 Kuch Kuch Bollywood Nights @ The Alice Bar. APR 18 – 29 La Linea - The London Latin Music Festival @ various ...more at

AWIL visitor Jess Low

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Give a Gig Week - Youth Music Charity & Tourino Records

Florence Glen
Tourino Records
Florence Glen
Jahi the poet

Date - 31st March 2017
Venue - The Pocket Watch, Shepherd's Bush, UK

Current releases

Florence Glen - Spread Them Eggs
Tourino Records - "Barrington Way" by Politburo (March 18, 2017)                                                                                                           

Future Performance 2017
Florence Glen
10th April. Blue Monday @ Boogaloo, Highgate, London
14th April. Sofar Sounds @ London - secret location!
16th April. @ Wendell Park Farmer's market  

Jahi the Poet
A evening of conversation, poetry and acoustic music at The Pocket Watch in Shepherd's Bush, London, UK in aid of the Youth Music Charity. On the final day of Give A Gig A Week an embrace of beautiful West London people gathered to share music and spoken word as the populace boozed themselves into the weekend. Rather than battle the background chatter from the bar Florence Glen slowly brought the audience closer in a conspiratorial huddle, gathering us like the selected few. We swam against the tide, a shoal of glittering minds eagerly listening to the wash of Glen's music. In contrast the audience leaned back for Jahi The Poet's performance, he was a wave, a personality and talent of some force.

Emily Somerville
Give a Gig Week is a nationwide extravaganza of live music and fundraising. Hundreds of gigs of all shapes and sizes took place during 24-31 March 2017. Give a Gig Week is an initiative to raise funds for Youth Music. They are a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Kihaya Blues & the Southern Cone Quintet

Kyazi Lugangira
Kihaya Blues / Kyazi Lugangira
Southern Cone Quintet / Claude Werner & James Kitchman

Date - 22nd March 2017
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Future Performance
25th March 2017 - Rich Mix, London - Kihaya Blues Band plus Zimbabwe’s Farai & The Forest Dawn.
25th March 2017 - St. Ethelburga’s, Bishopsgate, London - Southern Cone Quintet
26th March 2017 - Clapham Omnibus - Southern Cone Quintet

Claude Werner - Southern Cone Quintet
The Sound of Afro Soul by Kihaya Blues on this A World In London! Click:

On the day we most needed some musical healing in London Town it arrived fortuitously in the form of Kyazi Lugangira, creator of Kihaya Blues Band. Kyazi sings of love and unity with global vision, through a rich, engaging voice powerful enough to soothe a thousand souls, and silence the constant stream of sirens we heard as the Emergency Services raced past our London Bridge studio to Westminster. Kyazi’s compositions emanate from his chosen instrument, guitar, which he only took up at the age of 27, leading him astray from a promising and lucrative career as a barrister. It’s career change that has been fully supported by his family in Tanzania upon realising the full extent of his talent and passion for music, his mother in fact, pointing out the potential of their melodic local language, Kihaya, as a natural catalyst for his songs. March 22nd, 2017 will be remembered as the day when tragedy came back to our capital city and some people never returned home to their loved ones. At AWIL, we will also remember it as the day when Kyazi’s Afro SOUL fed ours.
James Kitchman - Southern Cone Quintet
22/3/17 – AWIL at Res 119  Online:  Sketches by Alban Low. Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker. Words by Sophie Darling & Ritu. Also this week, global music at SOAS Radio! Next week Don Kipper @ Resonance & fresh global CDs at SOAS.

#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 
#WestminsterAttack #WeStandTogether

Thursday, 23 March 2017

JD Kelleher - Intoxicating Magnetism

JD Kelleher

Date - 17th March 2017
Venue - Dublin Castle, Camden, London, UK
Current release  - Avenge The Maybes

Future Performance 2017
6th April 2017 - Wolverhampton, The Robin 2 (Supporting Bernie Tormé)
7th April 2017 - London, The Borderline (Supporting Bernie Tormé)
8th April 2017 - Brighton, The Prince Albert (Supporting Bernie Tormé)

The King of the Cuissardes, JD Kelleher, romped the Dublin Castle into a writhing pit of sweaty bodies and leather glory on St Patrick's Day in Camden this year. Outside overgrown men bumped into one another in a drunken bagatelle but inside his lair Kelleher mixed passion and charisma to create an intoxicating brand of animal magnetism that drew everyone toward his bare-chested embrace.

Matt Lackford
Following his triumphant occupancy of the coveted No. 1 spot at the heights of the Irish Rock Chart with his debut single “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, along with his second single “Imagery” reaching No. 2 in the Irish Rock charts, JD Kelleher thrusts himself back to familiar territory at the top of the (Rock) pile with his most exciting release to date; “Avenge The Maybes”.

Jason Santos
“Avenge The Maybes”, out now, is soaked in classic JD Kelleher swagger and defiance. Kelleher draws upon his rage, humour and character to deliver a truly powerful performance that strikes a unique chord with his audience across all platforms of performance.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Let Drum Beat - Afro-Brazilian Rhythms Pulse

Alba Cabral 

Let Drum Beat
Tuca Milan
Bea Shantifa
Marta Riccardi
Alba Cabral 

Date - 15th March 2017
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Current album  - Launching EP soon! Original Afro Brazilian composition in Indigenous Tupi Guarani words

Bea Shantifa
Future Performance 2017
5th May 2017 - The Southbank Centre, London

Let Drum Beat on this A World In London! 
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Tuca Milan
We extended International Women’s Day into a Week by filling the Resonance FM studio with inspirational women yet again! Tuca Milan, Bea Shantifa, Marta Riccardi, and Alba Cabral brought their fabulous, ferocious, feel-good vibes onto this AWIL in the form of LET DRUM BEAT! The band members have all just returned from restorative trips to their countries of origin  - Brazil, Italy, and Benin - refreshed and infused with new musical vigour. Their connection to home abroad and home in London is processed magnificently through their compositions, encompassing Afro-Brazilian percussion and dynamic rhythms, counterpointed with soft vocal harmonies. Their songs are sung in Portuguese, as well as  the ‘lost’ language Tupi-Guarani, reviving the culture of indigenous tribes almost wiped out by years of colonization in Brazil. Let Drum Beat’s arsenal of amazing instruments tantalises another voyage of discovery through the arched bow of berimbau, kalimba thumb-piano, and an array of beads & goats nails(!) sounding like water-drops. With their mastery, or miss-tery, of these instruments, unique global vision, and Amazonian energy, Let Drum Beat collect & connect the world’s continents in the most colourful kaleidoscope of music! LET the rhythm pulse through your body. Take a DRUM of your choice. Create the BEAT and play to the world.

Marta Riccardi
15/3/17 – AWIL at Res 118  Online:  Sketches by Alban Low. Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker. Words by Sophie Darling & Ritu. Also this week, the Yamato Drummers of Japan at SOAS Radio! Next week OMAR @ Resonance & fresh global CDs at SOAS.
#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

International Women's Day - A World in London

Kalia Lyraki

Jyotsna Srikanth
Sara McGuinness
Kalia Lyraki

Date - 8th March 2017
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Trail-blazing International Women on this A World In London IWD special!
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Sara McGuinness

We collected together some of the finest composer/musicians for this show, artists that have toured the globe, played the biggest stages, and created sparkling albums! They also just happen to be women. Jyotsna Srikanth, Sara McGuinness, and Kalia Lyraki also excel as innovators conjuring up new projects & festivals, and as educators in...spiring the next generation of music-makers in Saharawi refugee camps to British/Greek/Cuban/Indian universities. Between them they have raised successful bands like Grupo Lokito, Kalia Lyraki Quartet, and Bangalore Dreams, led teams of merry men, and use their prowess and skills to navigate a way through an industry which is hardly female-friendly – see recent quotes from Madonna and Björk! What does it take to be a musical Wonder-Woman? Listen here for unmissable insights and the brilliant music by Kalia, Sara, and Jyotsna!

Jyotsna Srikanth
8/3/17 – AWIL at Res 117 Online:…/a-world-in-london-8th-march-2017/ Pics by Layla Gatens. Sketches by Alban Low. Production by Sofia Gaetani Morris & Norman Druker. Also this week, Jaswinder Singh shares the latest news about Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali at SOAS Radio! Next week the Yamato Damashii Drummers from Japan @ SOAS Radio and Alba Cabral’s all-female percussion outfit LET DRUM BEATt @ Resonance.

#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4fm & 4pm SOAS Radio
#London #IWD2017 #InternationalWomensDay #WomensDay #globalmusic #worldmusic #folkmusic #India #Cuba #Congo #Crete #Greece #UK #music SOAS University of London Dhruv Arts & Cultural Society Women in Music Women in Music SOAS Musicians SOAS Music Department
Srikanth Jnr

Monday, 6 March 2017

Kongo Dia Ntotila - Milinga, Molinga, Moto

Will Scott - saxophone

Kongo Dia Ntotila
John Kelly - guitar
Mike Soper - trumpet
Will Scott - sax
David Lessie - drums
Mulele Matondo - bass

Date - 1st March 2017
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Current album  - Seben Steps To Heaven (Groove Laboratory Productions, 2012)

David Lessie - drums

Future Performance 2017
March 12th - Hootananny, Brixton for Rootmaster
April 7th - Cellar Bar, Oxford for Bossaphonik
May 5th - Portico Gallery, London for Mambista
June 3rd - Isle of Wight for MondoMix Festival
July 13th - Venue TBA, London for NEW ALBUM LAUNCH!
August 12th - West Sussex for West Dean Chilli Fiesta

Mulele Matondo
Jazz-tastic Afro-grooves with Kongo Dia Ntotila on this A World In London! 
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Mike Soper - trumpet
Mulele Matondo is one of the most versatile London-based musicians, connecting his Congolese roots with our creative capital. But, it's in this band, Kongo Dia Ntotila, that Mulele seems most at home and full of even ‘mo fire’! The band first formed in Leeds in 2008 and regrouped in London last year, uniting the sparkling talents of jazz musicians John Kelly, William Scott, and Mike Soper. Matching Mulele word-for-word rhythmically & vocally, is David Lessie on drums, a childhood pal from Kinshasa. KDN’s songs are sung in Lingala and cover meaty subjects like political corruption and disunity in Africa, yet there’s more than adequate room for some pulsating upbeat tunes too, putting the dance back into Jazz, Congolese style!

John Kelly - guitar
Each song twists and turns through a multitude of time signatures and genres, constantly moving with the element of surprise. But when John strikes up the seben on his guitar, a palpable buzz resonates, and on this AWIL we ALL left the studio on a high! Kongo Dia Ntotila’s follow up album to their mighty debut ‘Seben Steps To Heaven’ is due in July, but before then catch them on this AWIL, and live in London at Hootananny, Brixton, March 12th! More UK dates TBA on or join the party on Facebook @KongoDiaNtotilaMusic and Twitter @kongodiantoti

1/3/17 – AWIL at Res 116  Production by Sofia Gaetani-Morris & Norman Druker. Also this week, Nolly from Mother Africa at SOAS Radio! Next week Rizwan Mauzzam Qawwali @ SOAS Radio and International Women’s Day special @ Resonance.
#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio