Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Make Music Day ; Flora Matos; Brave New World; Alesso

Thursday, 20th June 2019



FOR nearly 40 years, France’s Fete de la Musique has celebrated music in all its forms on the date of June 21. Stages are set up outside neighbouring shops, in squares and along rivers as jazz acts performs alongside ska, rap and so on for one huge multi-genre party. Out of the event has come Make Music Day on the same date, which is now in more than 120 countries, with a packed programme of performances, workshops and more, to celebrate the art of music. Among the London events planned are live performances at Tottenham Court Road Station, a Singing In Harmony workshop at the Barbican Library, a midsummer music festival at Cecil Sharp House, and put on your own concert in Schott Music’s Soho concert space. Visit www.makemusicday.co.uk

• Thanks to June’s anti-social weather, José Carreras’ Farewell London concert at Kenwood House had to be cancelled on Sunday night. Part of his farewell tour, this may have been the last opportunity to see him here – unless he has a change of heart.

• Flora Matos has made a name for herself as one of South America’s best MCs. She plays Camden Assembly tomorrow (Friday).

This month’s Crawdaddy! features Saint Etienne tour DJs Kev and Linda, from Recordsville Social, who join Lucienne and Danny to play the finest northern soul, mod, Motown, vintage R&B, Two Tone, ska and rocksteady, all on vinyl, at The Fiddler’s Elbow tomorrow (Friday). Standing in for Gary will be Supersub Andrew “The Cheese” Cheeseman.

• Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Alesso brings his live experience to The Forum on June 22.

Japanese rock outfit Band Maid, modelled on Japan’s maid café culture, play Islington Assembly Hall on June 22.

• See an outstanding line-up at the Roundhouse’s World Music Festival Brave New World on Saturday. Fela Kuti’s original band Africa 70 will reunite, while founding members Tony Allen, Deli Socimi, Bucky Leo and Femi Elias, will deliver a masterclass in Afrobeat rhythms and percussion. Seun Kuti & the Egypt 80 will perform latest album Black Times. Palestinian band 47 Soul, renowned for inventing their own genre Shamstep fusing hip-hop, electro and Middle Eastern rhythms with lyrics in both Arabic and English, are also on the line-up, as are London-based Hejira and many more. Expect live music, DJs, art exhibitions and food pop-ups.

Camden events team Tail and Twist bring their plastic-free club night to Oval Space on June 22 with their EcoDisco Summer Launch Party. Following in the Glastonbury Festival’s footsteps, expect steel cups, straws made from avocado waste pips from Mexican guacamole factories, biodegradable glitter and a line-up including Rahaan, Marcel Vogel, Kon and Bill Brewster. Hopefully other events will follow in their footsteps.

• Jordan – the original queen of punk, not Katie Price – discusses Defying Gravity: Jordan’s Story at The Dublin Castle’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club Extra on June 22. Also on the line-up are The Annual Midsummer Spizz Party starring Spizz Energi, Art Trip And The Static Sound, The Blunders and DJs We Got Killers.

Celebrated reggae singer and a man whose voice is synonymous with Massive Attack tracks through the years, Horace Andy performs at the Jazz Cafe on June 22.

• Norway’s premier punks Sløtface (above) celebrate the release of new track Telepathetic at Electrowerkz on June 25.

Dan Owen (above) brings his bluesy tunes to a one-off show at St Pancras Old Church on June 26.

• Acid-jazz band Mother Earth (above) play 100 Club on June 27.

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