Tag Archives: world music

Minyo Crusaders & Souad Massi at the Jazz Cafe

Posted on November 29, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
It has been many years since I last visited Jazz Cafe in Camden. In recent years, I tend to go to 'proper' concerts at the Barbican and South Bank where I would sit quite still for hours. I think I have almost forgotten the joy of standing (and dancing) at a concert [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Anything Japanese and was tagged with London, music, concert, Minyo Crusaders, Souad Massi, Jazz cafe, folk music, world music


Dance Umbrella & TOROBAKA

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Toothpicker

Apart from a string of art fairs taking place in London last month, there was also the 2-week long Dance Umbrella festival, showcasing exceptional talents in the world of choreography from around the world.
At the festival, I saw some brilliant and ground-breaking dance performances produced by two contemporary dance companies. The first one [...]

This post was posted in London, Dance, Music & Sound, Flamenco and was tagged with London, dance, Flamenco, music, Sadler Wells, world music


Sahara soul at the Barbican

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Toothpicker

I have always had a fascination with the Sahara. I think what appeals to me is its mystery, beauty, danger, scale, harshness, unpredictability and 'nothingness'. In my early 20s, I read Paul Bowles' novels, listened to his music and embarked on an adventure with a companion to the Sahara via Morocco. It [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Social issues and was tagged with London, music, Barbican, world music


Flamenco in Andalusia

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Toothpicker

Street artists performing in Granada
 
Flamenco is originated from the Romani people ( also known as Gitanos) living in Andalusia centuries ago, with influences from the Moors, the Jews, and the Mozarabic. Many foreigners do not realise that the essence of flamenco is not the dance itself, but rather the cante (song), one [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Dance, Music & Sound, Andalusia, Flamenco and was tagged with dance, Flamenco, music, seville, Andalusia, world music


Arabesque by Jane Birkin

Posted on November 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

When I was a teenager, I became obsessed with everything 'French' because of their immaculate taste in art, fashion, design, culinary and cinema. I indulged in French cinema ( esp. Eric Rohmer ) and even spent 7 months living in Paris trying to improve my English-accented French learned from school here. During [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound and was tagged with London, music, Jane Birkin, world music


Milonga by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Toothpicker

I have seen several shows choreographed by the experimental Moroccan-Flemish choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's at Sadlers Wells before, including: Sutra ( a collaboration with Antony Gormley and a group of young Shaolin monks in 2008), Babel ( another collaboration with Gormley and Damien Jalet in 2010) and TeZukA ( on the works [...]

This post was posted in London, Tango, Dance, Music & Sound and was tagged with London, tango, music, Sadler Wells, world music


The coolest and quirkiest... Cibo Matto

Posted on June 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

I rarely write about music on this blog but in fact, music has always been essential in my life. I don't buy many CDs now ( like everyone else, I have switched to downloading online) because I am running out of space for them; having bought over 700 ( a rough estimation) [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Anything Japanese, Videos & animations and was tagged with London, Cibo Matto, music, world music


Fiesta Flamenca at The Forge

Posted on October 28, 2012 by Toothpicker

 
It has been a while since I last attended a live music/ dance gig, so when I found out about a live flamenco performance at The Forge in Camden, I suggested it to my friend, who is also a fan of different dance forms.
I only discovered The Forge last year and was [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Dance, Music & Sound, Flamenco and was tagged with London, Food & dining, dance, Flamenco, music, world music


Tango moments

Posted on April 18, 2012 by Toothpicker

Tango al fresco at Regents Park
 
You don't have to be a tango dancer to appreciate this sensual and elegant dance, and I am talking about Argentinian tango, not the dramatic ballroom or 'Strictly come dancing' style. A lot of people get confused with the two as they still have this idea of [...]

This post was posted in Tango, Dance, Music & Sound, Videos & animations and was tagged with tango, short films, dance, music, videos, world music


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