Archive for March, 2019

  • Freedom Sounds

    By Chris Wells on March 26, 2019
    Freedom Song Hackney Empire, London. Louis Armstrong’s beaming smile in the corridor of ‘London’s most beautiful theatre’ serves as a reminder of its pedigree. The innovative trumpeter was here in 1934, but the trail blazed by African-American performers in Britain years before the marketing of the music known as jazz also included the gospel ensemble, Fisk Jubilee Singers. This excellent […]
  • FEBRUARY 2019 ISSUE

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2019
  • To The Lighthouse

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2019
    Lighthouse Family are back – with a brand new studio album in May and a live tour this autumn. After a gap of 18 years since their last recording, original LF members Tunde Baiyewu and Paul Tucker have reunited to cut a whole album’s worth of new material, Blue Sky In Your Head. It will be released on May 3 and contain and […]
  • Shakespeare’s Sistas

    By Chris Wells on March 14, 2019
    Richard 11 [Shakespeare’s Globe, London. Photo: Ingrid Pollard] Shakespeare with an all-women-of-colour cast has become the main, perhaps inevitable, media story of this production, yet there is much more to note. Above all the joint direction of Lynette Linton and Adjoa Andoh is a triumph in itself, not least because of the coherence they achieve as a team when taking […]
  • More Supreme Beings

    By Chris Wells on March 7, 2019
    The Love Supreme Festival has announced another wave of acts confirmed to perform at this summer’s event, which returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex from July 5-7. Joining a line-up that already includes the likes of Lauryn Hill, Gladys Knight, Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Chick Corea and Kamaal Williams will be some of the standout artists from the UK […]