I haven’t read it in full yet but it presents some interesting thoughts on the challenges of music in 2011.


You can listen to a Seun Kuti interview and live recording with Egypt 80 of the Usher Hall concert on radio 3 now, or link to the Radio 3 website

unthanks queen’s hall edinburgh african soul rebels usher hall, edinburh ALEX garnett quartet glasgow art club – Herald Scotland | Arts & Ents | Music Reviews.

In among two other reviews there is one for Seun Kuti/Egypt 80 and Donso (making the African Soul Rebel line-up for 2011). They work their reviewers hard these days! Anyway, the review starts with the line ‘Egypt 80 arrived like a hurricane…’ and how true this was. It’s not often that a band strike up and you instinctively KNOW you’re in for a special night. You get that thrill running through your bones and Saturday was one of those nights. Interestingly I got the same feeling when we had Oumou Sangare here last year under the African Sould Rebels banner.  

Brian Eno, producer of Seun’s new album From Africa With Fury: Rise was in the hall, dancing away with his family. For the first time since I can remember I made a song request. I noticed that Many Things wasn’t on the set list and wanted to make good the wrong so I scribbled it felt pen on a piece of Usher Hall letterhead and hey, he obliged! He said he hadn’t played it for 18 months but you’d never have known. A mind-blowing show. Dates run through this week in Manchester,  Bristol,  Basingstoke and Poole

Go. Enjoy. I’m jealous. I want to see it again.

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 are on Later with Jools this week. Son of Fela, he continues his father’s legacy, leading afrobeat band Egypt 80 with new tracks from second album From Africa With Fury: Rise, produced by Brian Eno.

He’s playing alongside Cee Lo Green, Robbie Robertson, Glasvegas, Bootsy Collins so it should make for a fantastic show.

Check out the tour dates, which kick off on Wednesday night at the Barbican in London, at the Music Beyond Mainstream homepage.

Penguin Café Live – Pics

Posted: March 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Here are some pictures from the final night of the Penguin Café & Portico Quartet tour at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. It was a wonderful concert and the finale of a fantastic tour which played to over 10,000 people across the UK. Both bands have CDs out which are well worth buying:

A Matter of Life – Penguin Cafe

Knee Deep in the North Sea and Isla – Portico Quartet

Interestingly, Amazon has clocked the link between the bands following our tour and you can buy all 3 for just over £25.

The Pengin Café project is going out again with a smaller band set up later in the year and will play in some more intimate spaces. I’ll flag up the dates when they are confirmed. 

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Usher Hall Soundcheck Pics

Posted: February 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

I managed to get in and take some pictures of the soundcheck at last Monday’s concert. Musicians from both bands (Penguin Cafe and Portico) were on stage rehearsing a piece for the encore.

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In anticipation of the forthcoming Music Beyond Mainstream UK tour in April, here’s a link to the video for Many Things (my favourite track off the album of the same name). Just imagine it live!

I saw Seun play at Tony Allen’s birthday celebration at the Barbican a few months ago. He was amazing and got everyone on their feet.