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Music headliners Grace Jones, Tom Misch, TLC, Mavis Staples, Self Esteem Ideasfrom Ai Weiwei, David Miliband, Bimini, Armando Iannucci, David Olusoga, Delia Smith, Jarvis Cocker Comedy from Reginald D Hunter, David O’Doherty, Jen Brister, Janine Harouni, Christopher Bliss, Sara Barron  Full programme of interactive ThinkIns and Lessons  KITE Festival takes place in Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire …

Calexico finally returned to Europe after a 4-year hiatus (apart from the collaborative Iron and Wine tour of 2019) with a full 7-piece band and celebrating their hugely anticipated 10th studio album-‘El Mirador. Recorded in Tucson in 2021 at the studio of Sergio Mendoza, long time band member, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Full of cumbia influences …

Every now and then, a full-length LP/CD comes along that stops you dead in your tracks.  Snowcap Menace is unmistakably one such album. The brainchild of Australian folk-rock husband & wife duo, Jeff Lang and Alison Ferrier, Snowcap Menace is a virtual cornucopia of the pair’s musical influences and varying styles, ranging from blues, ethno-folk …

Taken from their forthcoming album African Prayers, out April 1st on the Lo Recordings imprint, is the new single Blue Noir from Berlin and Réunion based duo Amine Mesnaoui and Labelle, and we’re delighted to be able to premiere the Stephen Talneau directed video right here on Backseat Mafia today. The LP its taken from …

Nothing about the Meridean Brothers is as you would expect unless you are prepared for the unexpected. The name might suggest a collective but in the studio the ‘Brothers’ focal point is the mercurial talents of Colombian composer and multi- instrumentalist Eblis Alvarez. As an established player in Bogata’s energetic experimental scene Alvarez has always …

It’s a pet hate of mine, people referring to seemingly everything they do as a journey. Join me on my journey to becoming a plumber/singer/footballer fills the internet and TV, as i scoff and say to Mrs Mafia “Me going to Tesco is journey, me driving to work is journey – that (whatever it might …

Over forty years on since its original release in 1977 those intrepid sound seekers at We Are Busy Bodies have just re-issued, in partnership with Rashid Vally’s seminal South African Jazz label As- Shams /The Sun, Kippie Moeketsi/Hal Singer’s ‘Blue Stompin’. The album’s title track and centrepiece highlights an intriguing jazz intersection from the two …

The story goes that musician, producer and global fusion pioneer Will ‘Quantic’ Hudson first heard Colombian singer songwriter Nidia Gongora’s singular voice through the wall of his Cali apartment busting out from his neighbour’s CD player. So we can be forever thankful for next door’s exquisite taste in repeat plays and the low grade partitions …

Cumbia fusión band Las Calakas, have announced their debut full length album will be out in Spring 2022, after signing to Los Angeles based label My Grito Industries. They have shared a track from the album – Morena. The band had this to say about the news: “We have been working on this album for about 2 years …

What is roots music? Well Cochemea Gastelum’s earthy new album, ‘Vol II: Baca Sewa’ out via Daptone from 16th July, would pretty much nail it if you’re searching for definitives. Roots has nothing to do with retro, it’s not about seeking to sound like the past, it’s about connection and inspiration, exploring a personal heritage …