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    Time to do the soukous

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 12/10/2021

    » Congolese rumba, sometimes called rumba Lingala or rumba Congolais, is likely to join khon, a Thai masked dance drama, khaen music of Laos, chapei dang veng of Cambodia, Cuban son and Dominican bachata on Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. In August this year, the two countries from the Congo Basin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Republic of the Congo (ROC), announced a joint bid to add Congolese rumba to the list.

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    Queen of Molam honoured

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 28/09/2021

    » The late National Artist Bunpheng Faiphiuchai featured on Google Doodle last week, as the search engine celebrated what would have been her 89th birthday on Sept 22. She was one of the most influential molam performers of her generation, and a pioneer in the recording of molam on vinyl. According to Google Doodle's blurb, by 1955 she had recorded "more full-length albums than any other woman in the genre" and that is why she was the first molam to be given the title "Queen Of Molam".

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    Documenting a documentarian

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 14/09/2021

    » Alan Lomax, who died in 2002 at the age of 87, wore many hats. In his long life, which spanned much of the 20th century, he worked as a folklorist, archivist, producer, writer, scholar, oral historian and filmmaker. He was also a musician and producer who played a key role in researching and preserving folk traditions, particularly in the US and England (spurring the folk revivals in the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s in both countries).

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    The unremovable Scratch

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 31/08/2021

    » "Hello, Hello, Hello … This is a skeleton from outer space having a party."

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    Festive farewell

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 17/08/2021

    » The closing ceremony of the recent Tokyo Olympics was a surprise for many people. The organisers, recognising that many athletes were unable to explore Tokyo due to restrictions, transformed the Olympic stadium into a massive public park. The park featured typical Japanese leisure activities like yoga and rope skipping and a short film that showed the athletes what Japanese festival music and dancing is like, with clips from the Ainu in Hokkaido, Eisa dancing from Okinawa and Gujo Odori from Gifu, which led to live Bon Odori dancing in the stadium, driven by a booming taiko drum.

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    The passing of a great

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 03/08/2021

    » Guitarist, singer and Kassav founding member Jacob Desvarieux died last month in Guadeloupe at the age of 65. Kassav, which was founded after he met with brothers George and Pierre Eduard Decimus in 1978, went on to record more than 50 albums, released by the band or by individual members and the band remains hugely popular in the Caribbean.

  • LIFE

    Return of Doumbia

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 20/07/2021

    » Over the past half-century, the land-locked West African nation Mali has produced some terrific singers and bands.

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    The ballad of Junior Parker

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 06/07/2021

    » Train I ride sixteen coaches long, Train I ride sixteen coaches long, Well, that long black train carries my baby home …

  • LIFE

    Forging his own path

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 22/06/2021

    » When Ethiopian music maestro Hailu Mergia toured the US with the Ethio jazz and funk Walias Band in the early 1980s, he had no idea he would become a taxi driver in his adopted country.

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    Eclectic music to soak in

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 08/06/2021

    » I once spent several weeks travelling around Southern Italy, camping in Puglia and Calabria.

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