Playing tracks by
Joji Hirota, Gaudi & Martin ‘Youth’ Glover, Tiwayo, Anandi Bhattacharya, Umut Adan and more.
Author Vivi Lachs, speaks about 'Whitechapel Noise' - set between 1881 and 1914, when Jewish migration to London from Russia and Poland reached a peak. The new arrivals were largely Yiddish speaking, bringing with them their language, culture, and music, which seeped into the fabric of society around the East End. Vivi was instantly smitten by a cassette tape of Yiddish songs about the capital, by a descendent of a 20th century migrant. Vivi started to sing the songs on stage – solo or with her bands Klezmer Klub and Katsha’nes – which she wrote a PhD about, and now there’s the book, Whitechapel Noise! Through the lyrics of the songs that Vivi has collected and translated, we are presented with a colourful portrait of Edwardian London, the migrant experience of a persecuted community, and everyday life from Lambeth Walk to Victoria Park, as it was then, and to how London ‘sounds’ now.
This AWIL also includes fresh albums by Turkish rock star Umut Adan and French singer Lou Doillon.