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February 26, 2007

Femi Kuti's Concert @ Basingstoke

Over the weekend (24th, Jan) I went to The Anvil at Basingstoke with my missus to get a glimpse of Femi Kuti, Akli D & Ba Cissoko in their African Soul Rebels 2007 tour. I really went out to catch Femi's performance which I must say in all aspects was electrifyingly amusing and entertaining. He was the last performer and indeed the highlight of the evening. His style and sounds from the guitar really make me feel that this is Africa's version of rock 'n' roll - High Life music

I must say that | was little upset with the otherwise 'civilised' setting at the Anvil. It was a sit-down arrangement in an auditorium of about 3k people with 2 short 15 minute breaks for drinks.  This is a far cry from his performance at his base - “The New African Shrine” in Ikeja (in Lagos, Nigeria) where dancing, drinking and smoking are part of his show (the official website of the Africa Shrine can be found here but is under construction). 

If you don't know much about Femi Kuti, you could read an interview he had with Alex Hannahford from The Independent (UK).

Here are the images I uploaded on Flickr (thanks to Ryan Prins for the Flickr Slideshow html script):





November 17, 2006

pure african sound – 'Never Far Away' (you must see this one….pls)

Writing about web page http://www.lagbaja.com/

This chap is a Nigerian jazz/soul artiste – Lagbaja doing a duo with another Nigerian RnB Artiste Ego Ogbaro% The video is full of emotions with a balancing act from Ego’s divine soulful voice….I almost cried when i saw this one (sniff).
You’ve got to like the african ochestra & truly original video footage of a village setting in Western Nigeria. The video and sound uniquely complement each other. Please watch it and drop a comment cheers.


July 05, 2006

Oxford's Cowley Road Carnival

Writing about web page http://www.cowleyroadcarnival.org/

Last weekend was wicked; Oxford's most culturally diversed area – Cowley Road, had its annual carnival. Cowley road was closed and featured a host of attractions including: 3 music stages, 4 sound systems, food from almost every resturant on Cowley (meaning food from all continents), dance, street performers, cooking demonstrations & children's activities
I live in the city centre and don't usually hang around Cowley except for a hair cut at the Afro barbers shop, so this was a unique experience seeing another side of Oxford.
The music was what I really enjoyed. It was quite diverse with acts from various genres like House, Raggea, Hip–Hop, Latino, Indie, Brit Rock and loads of others I can't remember now. There was alot of dance perfromance and even capoeira…it was awesome!!
I took loads of pictures and amateur video clips of the carnival that I have uploaded unto Flickr & youtube.

Videos of the Cowley Carnival
Pictures of the Cowley Carnival


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