M.anifest

M.anifest is an internationally acclaimed award-winning Hip Hop artist from Accra, Ghana, known for musical boundary crossing, multilingual wordplay, and a refreshing hybrid songwriting approach that acknowledges both his Ghanaian upbringing and his sojourns in the West. Described in 2015 by the Guardian (UK) as “the foremost rapper on the continent,” M.anifest’s originality and impressive […]

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Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit is a Scottish indie rock band from Selkirk, formed in 2003. The line-up currently consists of Scott Hutchison (vocals, guitar), Grant Hutchison (drums), Billy Kennedy (guitar, bass), Andy Monaghan (guitar, keyboards), and Simon Liddell (guitar). Since 2004 the band has been based in Glasgow. Initially a solo project for vocalist and guitarist Scott […]

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Faith Mussa

Faith Mussa comes from a family of musicians. He has been inspired by many artists throughout his life from the time he was very young. Paul Banda, Peter Mawanga, Wambali Mkandawire, are some of the inspirations he has had. Faith started playing hand-made gallon guitars when he was 10years old in the dusty township of […]

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Bongeziwe Mabandla

When Bongeziwe Mabandla surfaced with his debut album in 2012 he was hailed as the new face of Afro-Folk, effortlessly able to entwine Xhosa lyrics with traditional music and folk stylings to create something uniquely captivating. In the five years that have passed since Umlilo’s release, Mabandla has amplified his already considerable gifts and is […]

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Strings Between Us

Strings Between Us brings a unique combination of cultures and influences from Israeli viola player Layil Barr and Senegalese kora player Kadialy Kouyate. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles. […]

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Nkomba

Nkomba are a contemporary African folk band who play an energetic mixture of Malawian folk songs and African roots music. The band is fronted by Ron Nkomba who plays guitar and mandolin and sings in English & Chichewa, the national languages of Malawi. As well as interpretations of traditional Malawian folk music, Nkomba’s songs reflect […]

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Gemma Griffiths

Gemma was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but have spent most of my life living in Harare, Zimbabwe. The singer-songwriter studied towards a songwriting degree in the USA. Her soulful folk/pop sound is complemented by chirpy acoustic tunes and unique vocals. Gemma’s achievements in music include winning the national Eistedfodd vocal cup in Zimbabwe. […]

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Mbilla Arts Drumming Workshop

Mbilla Arts is based in Walthamstow in East London and provides performances and workshops in West African drumming and dance, storytelling, drama and visual arts. Links: website | facebook | youtube | instagram | twitter See more artists from Lake of Stars

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Biram Seck

The son of a gawlo (minstrel caste) player of an indigenous guitar called the xalam, Senegalese singer and songwriter Biram Seck has a voice truly unique for it’s raw husky quality and deep emotion. Biram’s people, the Wolof, dwell along the coast of West Africa and have had much experience over the centuries in encountering […]

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Lake of Stars

The Lake of Stars Project runs an award-winning festival that takes place in the Warm Heart of Africa, on the palm-fringed shores of Lake Malawi. In March 2018 they brought their sound of Africa to London’s east end with events across 8 sites in Walthamstow, E17. Lake of Stars London showcased contemporary live music, DJs, poetry, […]

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Sherrie Hewson

Benidorm actor Sherrie Hewson (Joyce Temple-Savage, the long-suffering manager of the Solana Hotel) became the latest celeb to take to the leather sofa and judge G-A-Y porn Idol, the weekly amateur strip night at Heaven nightclub. She seemed to have a whale of a time as she whittled down the 10 contestants to 2 for […]

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