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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Sequels, prequels and spin-offs in Hollywood

The curtain has fallen on Hollywood’s annual love-fest – the Oscars and we can all brace ourselves for a new year of films. Or that’s what we thought. 2011 mainstream cinema is going to see a record number of sequels, prequels and spin-offs of already existing film franchises. Some of the highly anticipated titles this…

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Film Review: Out of the Ashes

The Cricket World Cup is well underway in South Asia with the top countries racking up runs and wickets for fun. Away from the excitement, spare a thought for a smaller nation that didn’t quite make it to the party. Recently released on DVD, Out of the Ashes charts the rise of the Afghan Cricket…

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Music Review: Ishumar 2- New Touareg Guitars

Three years after the compilation Ishumar was released, the Touareg rockers are back on Ishumar 2. While the first part presented up-and-coming or internationally acclaimed artists, this release focuses on a segment of Touareg music still unknown to this day. The ishumars have been in the spotlight for the past thirty years. They appeared amid…

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