Music Review: ONB in London

L’Orchestre National de Barbès (ONB) always brings its share of excitement as a band that was born on stage. Their first album was recorded live and remains their top selling to date. Their concert last month was their first performance in London since 2003. They didn’t disappoint, managing yet once again to galvanise their fans…

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Film Review: Agadez:The musician and the rebellion

The London International Documentary Festival 2011 featured the première of Agadez: The Music and the Rebellion. Director Ron Wyman tells the story of the Touareg of the region of Agadez, northern Niger, focusing on the rise of local guitar-hero and newly internationally acclaimed artist, Omar Moctar “Bombino”. Making documentaries about the Touareg has become en…

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TV Review: BBC Two:Lord Sugar Tackles Football

There is a familiar feeling to things as the opening titles roll. Sweeping shots of London’s skylines. Check. Dramatic, mood setting music. Check. Shiny Rolls Royce, personalised plate and bearded businessman. Check, check and check. That man Lord Alan Sugar is back on our screen but this time the programme in question isn’t The Apprentice….

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