World Music

Clap! Clap!

Clap! Clap!

  • 6th April 2014

Field recorders have captured, collected and curated the music of the world. They’ve allowed us to understand the anthropological past of music — and importantly laid inspirational seeds for new music. My dissertation was in fact about the late great Vietnamese composer Pham Duy, my great grand uncle. After spending…

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Cosmo Sheldrake

Cosmo Sheldrake

  • 22nd March 2013

The world is abundantly full of mind-blowing instruments, but one you’ll always remember is a Sousaphone. It’s related to the tuba and predominantly designed for marching bands, wrapping around the body of the player. It’s instrumental hug. What the world is not full of is people like Cosmo Sheldrake –…

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Sutari

Sutari

  • 7th February 2013

Unless you’re an ethnomusicologist with a penchant for the avant-garde I’m quite confident you’ll not have heard anything like Sutari before.

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Baiana System – Jah Jah Revolta – Song for the Weekend

Baiana System – Jah Jah Revolta – Song for the Weekend

  • 15th October 2010

I love Twitter. No, not because you end up reading lots of little sentences about people’s unfulfilled lives. It’s because you can find music which you would not otherwise have ever found before. So I was delighted to hear through a Guardian Music Tweet about the Musical Alliance Pact (MAP)…

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Oasis Defeated by Serbian Sousaphone

  • 20th October 2008

Serbia’s music has had a strange journey to holeytonal – beginning in Lebanon, via Brooklyn and Hammersmith. Well it didn’t strictly start in Lebanon, but I fell in love with Gulag Orkester, Beirut‘s debut album. I was completely lost in Balkan brass and indie fusion for a year. Excitedly I…

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