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NickyB chats to Derek Gripper

Derek Gripper is a guitarist from Cape Town specialising in the kora music of Mali, in particular the music of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté, transferred onto solo, classical six-string guitar.

NickyB chats to Muntu Valdo

Sawa blues is the term that Valdo himself has coined for his own music, and at the root of many songs is rhythmic and melodic sensibility that flows from the rich wellspring of timeless Cameroonian folk music, but this base is enriched by a wide range of idioms that are part of the African Diaspora, from Brazilian samba to American soul and jazz. If, on accasion, Muntu Valdo recalls the iconic Tres Pontas troubadour Milton Nascimento that may well be because he has found a way into his world through the motherland roots upon which it stands.

NickyB chats to Alune Wade

This Senegalese whose real name is Alioune Wade, is a virtuous bass player, singer/songwriter and jazz musician. Alune was born on June, 1978, in Dakar, Senegal. His father, the leader of a symphonic orchestra, infused the music in him. When he was only 13 years old, he chose the bass as the instrument that would follow him through his life. He started to play with local bands in Dakar and began his firsts recordings in friend’s studios when he was 15 years old. Three years later he made an audition that turn him the new bass player of Ismaël Lô, one of the most prestigious musicians of the African continent. The young musician stayed with him for eight years.

NickyB chats to Jack Djeyim

Jack Djeyim Prod is a structure founded by Cameroonian songwriter, virtuoso guitarist and sanza player Jack Djeyim for the production of his own works

NickyB chats to Eric Legnini

A gifted Belgian jazz pianist, Eric Legnini is an adventurous improvisor steeped in the post-bop and soul-jazz traditions. However, with his wide-ranging taste, he has also experimented with electronic sounds, hip-hop, Afro-funk, and R&B. Born in Huy

Nicky B chats to Yuhan Su

In many ways, Yuhan Su represents the voice of the new generation of jazz musicians. Though she is firmly rooted in jazz tradition, her music is innovative, emotional, cerebral and most importantly, always lyrical. Her compositions and improvisations are uniquely hers, marked with an amalgamation of complexity, intensity and emotional resonance. And though she is capable of blistering technique, she always maintains a sense of melodic lyricism and wonder in her playing.

NickyB chats to Mthuthuzelo Ndlebe

Mthuthuzeli Ndlebe was born in Soweto , the founder of Tsala Jazz. This talented musical connoisseur has been spinning records for over a decade and has mastered the art of collaborating music for clients across South Africa and abroad. This Dj extraordinaire has a capability of mastering sets for different crowds.

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