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‘Made In France’ Artists at Glastonbury

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‘Made In France’ Artists at Glastonbury

If you're heading to Glastonbury this weekend (or following on TV), don't forget to look out for a host of top-notch French or French-signed artists. Audiences will be treated to sets from Phoenix, Jain, Justice, Fakear, Roscius, Naya, Oumou Sangare (on French label No Format) and Parcels (signed to Kitsuné).To get you in the mood, here's Parcels' brand new single - a dream collaboration with Daft Punk! ...

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Ibeyi ‘Away Away’

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Ibeyi ‘Away Away’

Two years after their debut album Ibeyi, including the hit 'River', and after appearing on Beyoncé's album Lemonade, Cuban-French twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, aka Ibeyi, are back with 'Away Away'. The single is a hymn to joy and happiness and contrasts with their darker debut. The video, directed by Christian Beuchet shows the sisters' positive energy as they enjoy themselves in their studio and walking around the city.They a...

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13/06/2017
13/06/2017
Oumou Sangaré ‘Mogoya’

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Oumou Sangaré ‘Mogoya’

After unleashing fiery single 'Yere Faga' on the world, Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré releases her new album Mogoya (meaning “people today”) on Nø Format. Her first solo album since 2012, it mixes traditional instruments such as kamele n’goni (harp), karignan (metal scraper) and calabash with electric guitar, keys, bass and synths to create a perfect blend of traditional and modern. She has help from guests like Tony Allen but this i...

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19/05/2017
19/05/2017
-M- , Toumani Diabaté ‘Lamomali’

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-M- , Toumani Diabaté ‘Lamomali’

Lamomali, the new album by iconic French rocker M was recorded in collaboration with Toumani Diabaté, the Grammy-winning kora virtuoso from Mali, and features a who’s who of singers and musicians drawn from the global music scene.Opening track ‘Manitoumani’ alone features punchy beatboxing by French rapper Sly Johnson, and M’s sister Anna and brother Joseph lending backing vocals to lyrics sung and spoken by a trio made up of ...

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07/04/2017
07/04/2017
Oiseaux-Tempête – ‘AL-‘AN!’

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Oiseaux-Tempête – ‘AL-‘AN!’

Oiseaux-Tempête, multi-faceted creators of epic instrumental soundscapes and focused sonic explorations, have released a third album AL-'AN ! on Sub Rosa Records  (the album's full name is the snappy 'And Your Night Is Your Shadow; A Fairy Tale Piece Of Land To Make Our Dreams') With this ambitious project, partly recorded in Beirut with local musicians, and featuring techno producer Mondkopf , Charbel Haber, Sharif Sehnaoui, G.W. Sok from cu...

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Oumou Sangaré ‘Yere Faga’ ft. Tony Allen

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Oumou Sangaré ‘Yere Faga’ ft. Tony Allen

One of the greatest living female voices in African music, Oumou Sangaré, has released a video for ' Yere Faga' featuring legendary drummer Tony Allen, from her album Mogoya (meaning 'people today') out on French label Nø Førmat! on 19th May. The video, directed by Chris Saunders, shows a young woman inhabited by the demon of dance in the streets of Bamako. The Malian singer denounces the new curse of Malian society, suicide, and delivers a ...

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30/03/2017
30/03/2017
Yasmine Hamdan ‘Al Jamilat’

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Yasmine Hamdan ‘Al Jamilat’

With her debut solo album Ya Nass (2013), Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan -  previously a member of cult duo Soap Kills - introduced her personal, modern take on Arabic pop. With her new album Al Jamilat (‘The Beautiful Ones’), released on Crammed Discs, she pursues her musical exploration, while taking a look at the mutations at work within the Arab world. Her unique vision is fully realised in this new album, which she jointly...

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21/03/2017
21/03/2017
Jain @ Village Underground, 20th June

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Jain @ Village Underground, 20th June

The word on Jain has been spreading particularly since the release of her 'Makeba' video late last year, with appearances on US TV and shows art SXSW coming up. She'll be back in the UK for her biggest London show to date, at Village Underground on 20th June  as well as Secret Garden Party in July. If you need a reminder of why you need to catch Jain and her unique global pop fusion, here's a recently released, animated lyric video for 'Mr John...

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15/03/2017
15/03/2017
MHD @ Village Underground, 30th March

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MHD @ Village Underground, 30th March

The young pioneer of the 'Afro-Trap' sound, MHD,  began by amassing followers online before crossing over, and now the rising star is looking something more like a cultural phenomenon. Now he's coming over to London for this first UK, so there's chance to see what the fuss is about.30th March Village Underground London...

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16/02/2017
16/02/2017
Tinariwen ‘Elwan’

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Tinariwen ‘Elwan’

Released on French label Wedge and Recorded in France, Morocco and California, in no small part due to the turmoil engulfing their native Mali, Elwan is a deep, swirling meditation on problems back home and the means one can find to look to the light. Helping to augment Tinariwen's rolling grooves, as compelling on Elwan as they've ever been, are musicians including Kurt Vile - who toured with Imarhan last year - Mark Lanegan and guitarist Matt S...

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10/02/2017
10/02/2017