Juwon Ogungbe has been composing for London theatre productions since the 1980s. A gifted singer & pianist, Juwon now releases his solo album title ‘Life Force Music’, in which his many talents shine through. Hear extracts from the CD on this A World In London, and about Juwon’s recent and inspiring work in Zimbabwe!
http://soasradio.org/content/world-london-episode-47 6/6/12 Jon Sterckx Trained in Indian classical music, Jon Sterckx employs live multitrack sampling and audio processing to create magnificent percussive soundscapes. Each composition by Jon provides a unique journey through all quarters of the world built around his inter-continental range of drums: tablas, riq, darabuka, vocal percussion, and much more! Sample his excellent debut CD, ‘Drumscapes’, on this A World In London!
London rock & Afrobeat outfit, Ruby and The Vines showcased their debut EP, Red Storm, on this A World In London. While Danielle Smith of Sandblast Arts returned to the show with an update on the latest developments in the Western Sahara and the plight of the Saharawi people.
http://soasradio.org/content/world-london-episode-50 27/6/12 Daphna Sadeh Outstanding composer and double-bassist Daphna Sadeh returned to A World In London to give us an exclusive preview of her forthcoming album. ‘Born In Parallel’ brings together jazz, Middle-Eastern, & baroque elements and will be released towards the end of this year.
http://soasradio.org/content/world-london-episode-52 11/7/12 Perunika Trio Three women and a baby..almost! The brilliant Perunika Trio returned to A World In London minus Jasmina Stosic but armed with Eugenia Georgieva’s five month-old baby Sylvia! The other ‘new arrival’ was the trio’s fantastic new CD, made in Japan and sung in Japanese plus native tongue. ‘Bulgarian Warabeuta’ boasts the best voices-Eugenia/Desislava/Jasmina- in perfect harmony and co-incidentally is themed around motherhood and nursery rhymes. Perunika Trio revealed that they have yet another album on the way through the A.R.C. label so there’s even more to look forward to in October!
http://soasradio.org/content/world-london-episode-54 25/7/12 Classical violinist, composer, and fusion maestro Jyotsna Srikanth was on this A World In London. Explaining the differences between Carnatic and North Indian musical traditions, Jyotsna also gave us an exclusive preview of some of the amazing stars that will perform at the first London International Arts Festival, August 10th – 12th. See Jyotsna and a whole host of brilliant musicians in LIAF at Ilford Town Hall! AWIL will now be on a summer break with SOAS Radio and return to your airwaves on September 6th!
Invisible System’s Dan Harper, the original pioneer of Anglo-Ethio grooves gave a formidable interview on this A World In London. In Somerset & London, his early musical heroes were Bow Wow Wow and Adam & The Ants but a sense of affinity with Africa drew him to Mali followed by Ethiopia. There he established a recording studio and worked with some of the greatest East African artists of our time. ‘Melkan Kehonelish’ in today’s playlist features the voice of octogenarian singer & world music award winner Mahmoud Ahmed. Look out for Dan’s superlative sounds on The Rough Guide to Ethiopia CD, and on his new live album ‘Live & Raw (Roar!!!)’
http://soasradio.org/content/world-london-episode-60 24/10/12 Philip Knox dropped into A World In London with a record bag of rare vinyls from former Yugoslavia. After raiding flea markets in Bosnia, Serbia, and Macedonia, Philip and Nat Morris are set to release a ground-breaking album early next year. 'Stand Up People' will shed light upon long-forgotten Roma gypsy pop songs from the 'golden age': Tito's era 1960 to 1980. Hear an exclusive preview of this unmissable album and how it's been made!
http://soasradio.org/content/world-london-episode-61 31/10/12 London band Tiger Blossom’s main man nipped over to A World In London. Multi-instrumentalist Johnny Mooney explained the group’s cross-cultural references and diverse sounds spread across a prolific output of albums since their formation in 2008. See this genre-defying outfit live at Streatham’s White Lion on Nov 22nd & at Clapham’s Bread and Roses on Dec 7th!
http://soasradio.org/content/world-london-episode-62 7/11/12 Mokoomba Zimbabwe’s hottest new exports interrupted their busy European tour to guest on this A World In London. 6-piece band, Mokoomba, fresh from their Jools Holland TV appearance, look set to tour the world next year after wowing promoters and punters at recent gigs including the WOMEX Trade conference in Thessaloniki. Armed with punchy lyrics and infectious rhythms, Mokoomba’s superb debut album, Rising Tide, has topped the iTunes world chart and is out now on Zig Zag Records!
http://soasradio.org/content/world-london-episode-63 Global superstar John Forte was at AWIL and in London to premier his show, The Russian Winter: the musical documentary about John’s life charting his rise from the streets of Brooklyn, fame & Grammy-nominations through the 90’s with hip-hop giants The Fugees, and his subsequent successful career as a composer & vocalist. The Russian Winter was recorded as ‘a work-in progress’ across 6 cities during John’s tour there in 2011 and you can hear exclusive previews of the forthcoming album on this A World In London!
http://soasradio.org/content/world-london-episode-64 21/11/12 Shivali Pioneering singer Shivali has carved out a unique new style of music, made in London & rooted in spirituality . Basement bhajans & mantras enriched by soulful, melodic production, revealing a vocalist with the sweetest voice. Her fantastic debut album, The Bhajan Project, came out in 2010 on major label Sony, capturing many hearts. Hear extracts from her forthcoming CD, Urban Temple, on this A World In London!
Ritu, its great that you manage to keep producing such interesting passionate shows. I wish SOAS would do more to publicize their radio station - I met Russ Jones the other week and he said he had a SOAS show - i had no idea!
http://soasradio.org/content/world-london-episode-65 Singer Jan Ponsford is one of our living Jazz greats. She features in the Penguin Who’s Who of Jazz as well as the Virgin Encyclopaedia of Jazz. Her career spans 30 years incorporating her skills as a vocalist, lyricist, composer, educator, and painter. Hear Jan’s exquisite voice and unique talents on this A World In London, plus tracks from some of her amazing albums. Find out more at janponsford.com!