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As there is a lot of well deserved love for Mama Rosin in this thread people may like to know they've got some UK dates in October. List here: http://www.songkick.com/artists/1158251-mama-rosin/calendar
I'll be going to the Jazz Cafe show.
Kimmo Pojonen and Dakhabrakha were very specail
It was Kimmo for me too. Totally stupendous and unique.
Yes, I have a particular one. I was really captivated by Spiro. I guess they must have kept a bit of a low profile over the years, as they're not what you'd call new kids on the block. Their music has its base in English folk, but they step off into spiraling cyclical melodic lines that give you all the rhythm and harmony you need, as a by-product of it mostly-energetic forward momentum. Points of reference seem to be the more energetic (less wistful) side of Penguin Cafe Orchestra and minimalism. I read a suggestion that they sound about how 4 of Steve Reich's 18 Musicians might sound, if split off from the body of "Music for 18 Musicians". Mebbe! 'Appen!
My top three are (in no particular order):
For visual spectacle:
The Manganiyar Seduction. After maybe 5-10 mins of a real slow start I felt like walking away but knew there was more to come so stayed, 20 mins in, thought I'll watch half of it and move on to something else. Needless to say I stayed till the end of a most captivating show, a feast for ears and eyes and a most definite highlight.
Kimmo Pojonen and Dakha brakha were my hit of the festival, very other worldly
Manganiyar Seduction as many have said.
Also a mention for Chet Nuneta, who also did an amazing theatrical performance of their music, recommend it to anyone who missed it
I only saw the last five minutes Kimmo Pojonen and Dakhabrakha and was blown away - really wish I'd seen the whole set.
I thought BBB were great, as were the Tokoya Paradise Ska Orchestra. The most special for me though was Breabach. I was moved to tears on Saturday night by their beautiful, soulful music and singing. It was pure magic.
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