It is with great sadness that we must announce the death of Charles Zawose in hospital in Stockholm on Sunday 24 October. Charles had been ill for sometime and in spite of many efforts from friends and family to ensure he received the best medical care he finally became too ill to even travel home. Charles was in Sweden at the time for a series of performances fhaving travelled the week before from his home in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.
Charles Zawose was the nephew of the legendary Dr Hukwe Zawose and they travelled together worldwide - touring in support of Peter Gabriel and WOMAD and recording for Real World Records and WOMAD Select. With the death of both Hukwe in December 2003 and now Charles we have lost the two most important performers of the beautiful and magical music of the Wagogo people of Doduma, Tanzania.
Opal Lounge, 9 Swallow St, off Regents St, Piccadilly Circus, London W1
Saturday 2nd October
Following the UK premiere screening of Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music @Raindance Film Festival, the organisers host a special after party / gig featuring artists at the helm of the Rise of what became to be known as Asian Underground
Pandit-G (Asian Dub Foundation)
State of Bengal
Sweet Blood: Semi Live set
(feat. Black Star Liner's Choque Hosein + vocalist Wajid Rehman)
Bobby & Nihal (Radio1)
Special vocal sets
£5 / £7
Even if you can't make it to the movie - come to the club- but a ticket from the movie will give you a concession of £ 5 to the club!
On October 17,the Blind Boys of Alabama will be hosting their 60th Anniversary Show at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (USA). This concert marks 60 years since their first professional performance, also in Birmingham, back in 1944.
'Champagne and Grits' is causing a positive stir in the UK press! Speaking from New York where the recently reformed Tackhead have been playing, Skip MacDonald is interviewed by Andy Gill for The Independent. Read the full interview.
Combining music documetary and social documentary, MUTINY charts the meteroic rise of Asian music in 1990's Britain. Shot independently on digital video over 7 years Mutiny features Asian Dub Foundation, Joi, State of Bengal, Talvin Singh, Fun^Da^Mental and many more. The artists who emerged from this era became some fo the greatest innovators in British music mixing the influences of their parent's culture with electronica, hip hop, reggae and punk. Directed by New Yorker Vivek Bald, MUTINY has its UK premier on Saturday 2 October at 7.20 at the UGC Sgaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, London W1D 7DH as part of the Raindance Film Festival. Vivek Bald will be present for Q & A. Tickets can be booked in advance.
On the release today (20 September) of the new album "There Will Be Light" (Virgin Records) the response in the UK press couldn't be better ! The Guardian says of the album: "Harper's soft, blues-drenched vocals marry seamlessly with those of septuagenarian gospel veterans the Blind Boys.." The Independent On Sunday called it "Passionate, inspired, simple and uplifting....this does for gospel/blues what 'O Brother' did for country".
A unique show on Tuesday October 12 at New York's Apollo Theatre will see Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals on stage with The Blind Boys of Alabama. Following the release of their fantastic collaborative album 'There Will Be Light' (Virgin Records) this should be an extraordinary show!
The very wonderful legendary Tchad Blake has just finished mixing 'Guess You Got It', the new album by Pina. A selection of fabulous new songs absorbing influences from rock, blues, folk, New Orleans swamp sounds reinterpreted by Pina's wonderful unique voice!
Pina's new album will be released on the new imprint PRE in early 2005. She will be joining Liverpool's Sizer Barker as the second release on the label. Watch this space for news!