The Cork Board · World Music

Alejandro Escovedo – true gent

Some years ago I was whiling away the time with one of my favourite indulgences, scanning the Internet Archive live music lists for artists I’d never heard of and just dipping in. Actually, it is still one of my favourite ways of finding new music. No algorithm is going to tell me what I’d like.… Continue reading Alejandro Escovedo – true gent

The Cork Board · World Music

Contemplating belly button fluff to the groove.

As the UK and the US split themselves down the middle and bleeding-heart liberal snowflakes like me contemplate our belly button fluff in the cosy confines of our cultural snobbery, there’s nothing quite like doing it to the sound of great music from around the World. Recent weeks have seen The Monkey groove to sounds… Continue reading Contemplating belly button fluff to the groove.

The Cork Board · World Music

Gig Review: Anoushka Shankar, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Note: for some reason the videos embedded in this post sometimes disappear. If you are reading a version without the videos I encourage you to seek out the “Land of Gold” narrative and title track via your favourite search engine. It will enhance your experience. Thanks. I first fell in love with Anoushkar Shankar and… Continue reading Gig Review: Anoushka Shankar, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The Cork Board · World Music

The absorbing amalgam of Ana A

It’s not possible to like all types of music. Personally, rap is misspelt and I’m not particularly a fan of folk music – fingers in ears and black dogs and stuff. But, to blanket ban some of these forms in ones listening is to narrow down your options of coming across a derivative that may… Continue reading The absorbing amalgam of Ana A

The Cork Board · World Music

Working it’s Mehrangarh magic

One of the legacies of my enjoyment of the Rohail Hyatt years at Coke Studio is that I found that I enjoyed, amongst the range of fusions on offer, the Qawwali style of music and singing. So I’m pretty chuffed with myself when I now recognise it unprompted. Qawwali, Bollywood, brass and electric beats meld… Continue reading Working it’s Mehrangarh magic