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World of Jazz - May 5th 2011 - Africa and Australia

World of Jazz - May 5th 2011 - Africa and Australia

Playing tracks by

Fela Kuti, Milan's Mischief, Femi Kuti, Manu Dibango, Dub Collossus and more.

On tonights show I thought I was going to dedicate the whole programme to African music, and specifically Afro-Beat but then I was contacted by Ivan Leuscher about some of the music he has been putting together and when I heard the songs I felt it would make a nice contrast between the hi-tempo Afro-Beat and smoky jazz songs that Ivan has created with Milan's Mischief. I focused on Fela Kuti and his two sons Fema and Seun but also brought in some other African musicians to liven up the mix. Whether Afro-Beat is strictly a form of jazz is no doubt a moot point in some peoples heads but from my perspective it's lively and compelling music with a strong political element -which seems appropriate on May 5th in GB where there is a great deal of voting and such like going on.