Fri, 26 April 19
Most bands, whether in the western rock tradition or in African music, are built around the concept of a leader - one strong character who is the main writer, singer and spokesman and who dominates proceedings so that the other band members are little more than hired guns.
The beauty of Tama is that there is no single leader but four equally accomplished musicians and songwriters with their own contrasting but complimentary voices. “As a group it’s totally democratic and open,” explains guitarist Sam Mills.
"Tama is a kind of space where the four of us can come together from different cultures and traditions and express ourselves." Sam Mills
“Tama is a kind of space where the four of us can come together from different cultures and traditions and express ourselves. It’s a band of distinctive individual personalities but everybody contributes to the realisation of each other’s songs.”
As the name ‘Tama’ (a Bambara word meaning ‘to walk’) suggests, the band’s approach was to collect years of travelling memories rather than trying to represent or revive a traditional folklore.
Tama brings together three extraordinary singer-songwriters based in Paris with one maverick Londoner: Tom Diakite and Mamani Keita from Mali; Djanuno Dabo from Guinea; and guitarist Sam Mills. An album of beautiful songs, deep grooves and rich instrumentation that will make your heart melt and your pulse speed.
Fri, 26 April 19
The Pakistan-based Qawwali group returned to the UK for their first tour since 2017.
Sun, 31 March 19
A brief introduction to the music of the Sufi mystics.
Wed, 06 March 19
The Gloaming's third album opens with a song based on a poem of the same name by Liam Ó Muirthile.
Tue, 26 February 19