Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Lack of Afro - Back to the Day

Andy Gibbons (aka Lack of Afro)
Lack of Afro

Date: 18th April 2018
Venue: The 100 Club, London, UK
Current album: Back to the Day (LOA Records 2018)

Future in 2018:
26 May- Band On The Wall, Manchester
31 May- The Parish, Huddersfield
1 June- Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle
9 June- Lemonfest, Newton Abbott
7 July- Mostly Jazz, Birmingham
15 July- Readipop Festival, Caversham
19 August- Sunrise Celebration Festival, Hereford

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Adam Gibbons (aka Lack of Afro) is back in some style with ‘Back To The Day’, a beautifully produced summer sizzler crammed full of infectious hooks, top musicianship and most importantly - vibe by the bucket load. Taking a nod from classic material by artists such as The Jackson 5, Earth Wind & Fire (and more recently Vulfpeck), ‘Back To The Day’ is Lack of Afro doing what he does best – blending old and new with big drums and heavy percussion to come up with a crossover classic that’s entirely his own, whilst all the while developing his abilities as a songwriter.

Elliott Cole
Providing a dynamite vocal is regular collaborator Elliott Cole. Not just the voice of the track, he also plays guitars and bass, whilst ably backed up by some stellar musicians including George Cooper (Haggis Horns) on keys, Rory Simmons (Blur, Jamie Cullum) on trumpet, string and horn arrangements and Harry Harding (Yola Carter) holding down the backbeat on drums.

Keeping the dancefloor packed and turning the party vibes right up to 11, ‘Take It Up A Notch’ (featuring the brilliant Wax & Herbal T and taken from the critically acclaimed ‘Back In Business EP’) completes what is arguably one of the strongest single packages of the year!

Lack of Afro continues to go from strength to strength. 2016’s ‘Hello Baby’ (released on his own label LOA Records) picked up a BBC 6 Music ‘Album Of The Year’ nomination & appeared in the Top 10 of the iTunes R&B / Soul chart in 21 countries worldwide. More recently, Adam’s music continues to be used across all aspects of film & TV by networks such as ABC, Fox, NBC, Sony Pictures & the BBC whilst he also has released music on Universal & Warner Brothers Records. 

Both tracks are taken from the new album ‘Jack Of All Trades’, released on LOA Records in May 2018 and supported by a live band UK tour in May & throughout various festivals throughout the summer.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Crowd Company - The 100 Club

Chris Rand

Crowd Company
Rob Fleming - vocals and guitar
Emil Engstrom - bass
Robin Lowrey - drums
Claudio Corona - keys
Chris Rand - saxophone
Henry Spencer - trumpet
Esther Dee - vocals
Jo Marshall - vocals

Robin Lowrey
Date: 18th May 2018
Venue: The 100 Club, London, UK
Current album: Stone and Sky (Vintage League Music 2017)

Rob Fleming
June 9th 2018 - 229, London
June 28th 2018 -  Saint James Festival, London
June 29th 2018 - Aint Nothin But the Blues, London
June 30th 2018 - The Donkey - Leicester
July 12th 2018 - Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho), London
July 17th 2018 - The 100 Club, London

Emil Engstrom
An 8-piece modern take on vintage soul funk. Brimming with energy and a raw edge, catchy hooks, and tight grooves. The band combines a retro Hammond organ-based sound with a virtuoso horn section, soulful lead, and harmony vocals.

The band evokes the spirit of 60s and early 70s funk as well as modern day funk jam bands whilst also focusing on strong soulful songwriting.

Esther Dee
Crowd Company are renowned for dynamic, engaging live performances. The band have drawn accolades from their musical peers and have shared the stage with the likes of George Porter Jr from The Meters, Daptone’s Saun & Starr, Alan Evans Trio, The New Mastersounds, Monophonics

Crowd Company release their new album ‘Stone & Sky’ on the Vintage Lague label worldwide in September 2017 on vinyl, CD, online. The album was recorded at IronWax Studio, MA and was produced by Alan Evans (Soulive).

Claudio Corona
The band have had rave reviews from the music press for ‘Stone & Sky’ . 
“A delicious album. a must listen. exceptional” – The Huffington post (USA)
“An absolute gem **** 4/5 stars” – Blues & Soul (UK) “At the forefront of British funk **** 4/5 stars” – Music news (UK)
“Devastating grooves **** 4/5 stars” – Music culture (France)
“Funk & Soul done right ****4//5 stars” – Soul Spain (Spain)
“Infectious grooves” glide magazine` (USA) “
“we strongly recommend this album to all funk fans!” Sound & Image (Germany)
***Named by AXS in the: “Top 10 Best Funk&Soul Albuns of 2017”***

Henry Spencer
A busy gigging, band Crowd Company regularly play some of the UK’s prestigious venues including: The 100 Club, The Jazz Café, Brooklyn Bowl, 229, RichMix, Band On The Wall, Concorde 2, Pizza Express Jazz Club.

Jo Marshall

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Geoff Berner - Canadiana Grotesquica

Geoff Berner

Date: 16th May 2018
Venue: A World in London, Resonance FM, Borough, London, UK
Current album: Canadiana Grotesquica (Coax Records 2017)

Another Suitcase Another Hall with satirical punk poet/accordionist Geoff Berner on this A World in London!

When we spotted Geoff Berner’s suitcase in the corridor at Resonance FM our first suspicion was that our guest might be staying overnight, but as he explained later, our show was the rather tasty filling sandwiched between gigs in Wales and Brighton. That’s life on the road for you, and with Geoff it’s songs in the key of life with the soul of klezmer and the pogo of punk. His accordion is his melodic partner in wondrous wordplay around insightful and astute observations on the world social order – ‘’my mind absorbs music through the lyrics before my body feels it.’’ On this AWIL you’ll hear from Geoff’s new album Canadiana Grotesquica, plus freshly improvised material conjured up in our studio, highlighting his sharp-witted skills as a songwriter. Geoff also has a unique ability to connect with the many us that are not in the 1% club of financial elites, so that we’re all rooting for revolution, and for once, really are ‘all in this together’.                                                   

Geoff Berner
16/5/18 – AWIL 166  Online: Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, and sketches by Alban Low. This week on SOAS Radio Eugenia Georgieva.
Next week Marcus Corbett at SOAS and Kal Lavelle at Resonance. #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TWELFTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio   

Friday, 18 May 2018

Steve Williamson Trio & StringTing

Steve Williamson Trio
Steve Williamson Trio
String Ting

Date: 11th May 2018
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Southbank, London, UK

The enigmatic and magnetic saxophonist/composer, Steve Williamson explores the sonic elements that link contemporary classical and progressive jazz composition with his trio and members of Tomorrow’s Warriors StringTing. (Part of Ligeti In Wonderland.)

Steve Williamson (born 28 June 1964) is an English saxophonist and composer.(tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, keyboard and composition). He has been called "one of the most distinctive saxophone voices in contemporary British jazz". Born in west London to Jamaican parents, Steve Williamson began playing saxophone at the age of 16 and started his career playing in reggae bands, including Misty in Roots. In 1984 and 1985 he studied at London's Guildhall School of Music, where he was tutored by Lionel Grigson. Williamson was a member of the noted collective of British-born black jazz musicians who came together as the Jazz Warriors in the mid-1980s. At the Nelson Mandela 70th birthday open-air festival in 1988 Williamson played alongside Courtney Pine in Wembley Stadium and afterwards was a constant presence at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. He was member of Louis Moholo's Viva La Black (1988) and of Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath (1990). During the 1990s he led his own band and appeared in projects of Iain Ballamy, Maceo Parker, Bheki Mseleku, US3, and Graham Haynes. In 1990 Williamson released his first album A Waltz for Grace with Verve, featuring vocalist Abbey Lincoln. In 1992 he released his second album, Rhyme Time, followed by Journey to Truth in 1994, featuring Cassandra Wilson.

Tomorrow’s Warriors StringTing is the latest addition to the Tomorrow’s Warriors family of flagship ensembles and is focused around some of our best young string players drawn from our JazzStrings development programme. Members of Tomorrow’s Warriors StringTing meet on a regular basis with their mentor – jazz double bassist and Tomorrow’s Warriors artistic director, Gary Crosby OBE – to work on a wide range of jazz repertoire for performance in a variety of settings, from public concerts and showcases to private functions.  In addition to performances as a distinct ensemble, members also have opportunities to work with our associated professional ensembles, such as Nu Civilisation Orchestra and Jazz Jamaica All Stars.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Oysland - Vundervelt

John Macnaughton

Lori Secanska - vocals
Olga Baron - violin
John Macnaughton - clarinet
Iakovos Loukas - guitar
Twm Dylan - bass
David Tappeser - drums
Karen Yarnell - percussion

David Tappeser
Date: 2nd May 2018
Venue - A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Current album: Vundervelt (2016)

Iakovos Loukas
Future performance
Sunday 6th May 2018 - The Oval Tavern, Croydon, UK
Saturday 19th May 2018  - The Step, 101 Myddleton Rd, London 

Olga Baron
Klezmer rock n’ roots with Oysland on this A World in London!

Lori Secanska
We last spoke to Oysland a year ago when they released their brilliant debut album Vundervelt, recorded in a Walthamstow shed over just one weekend with LKQ producer Rupert Gillett. Since then the Oyslandics have been touring everywhere taking their infectious sounds to weddings, bar mitzvahs, and taverns across the UK, but their mission has changed. On this show you’ll hear Oysland talk about their intense research into the origins of Klezmer music, why the genre is so important, and about the years lost to the Holocaust, the Nazis, and forced migration. It’s sobering information but adds compelling depth & authenticity to what Oysland play, and why. This is an essential AWIL  session to listen to so tune in online anytime, and rest assured that a new Oysland album is on its way too!! See them at the Oval Tavern Croydon May 6th and at The Step N22 on May 19th!
Karen Yarnell
2/5/18 – AWIL 164  Online: Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling,  and sketches by Alban Low. This week on SOAS Radio Branco Stoysin. Click:  Next week Daemonia Nymphe  at SOAS and David Nissen at Resonance. #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TWELFTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 
Twm Dylan

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Happy Beigel Klezmer Orkester - Mouthwatering Music

Gergely Bándi
Gergely Bándi - guitar
Peter Rayner - percussion
Jack Banjo-Courtney - trumpet
Gustavo Clayton-Marucci - clarinet
Chun-Ting Wang - double bass
Georgia Ellery - violin, vocals

Date: 25th April 2018
Venue: A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Gustavo Clayton-Marucci
Future performance
May 5th 2018 - Wembley Stadium, Women's FA Cup final
May 25th 2018 - Luna, Leytonstone, London, UK
26th May 2018 - The Railway Tavern, Tulse Hill, London, UK

Mouthwatering music by Happy Beigel Klezmer Orkester on this A World in London!

Jack Banjo-Courtney
Brick Lane, beigels, smoked salmon & cream cheese are synonymous with the feel-good factor, but think again and re-educate your palette with The Happy Beigel Klezmer Orkester! This ultra-talented student band serves up a delicious menu of  Jewish folk music, topped with jazz, and gleaned from far Eastern corners of Europe on their debut album, recorded at the Guildhall School of Music. Savour a taste of ‘The Beigelz’ on this AWIL, with masterchefs Gergely Bándi on guitar, percussionist Peter Rayner, Jack Banjo-Courtney on trumpet, and clarinettist Gustavo Clayton-Marucci. See the full 6-piece line-up including Georgia Ellery and Chun-Ting Wang at Wembley Stadium on May 5th supporting the England Women’s Football Team, and at The Railway Tavern on May 26th. Eating music doesn’t get any happier than this!
Peter Rayner
25/4/18 – AWIL 163  Online: Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling,  and sketches by Alban Low. This week on SOAS Radio – DJ/journalist Jamie Renton. Click:  Next week Serbian guitar maestro/composer Branco Stoysin at SOAS and klezmatic Londoners Oysland at Resonance. #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TWELFTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 & 4pm SOAS Radio 

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.