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AWIL 213 - Mother Africa

 Today was stressy because the water board turned off our taps for six hours to change the street's lead pipes. For many people across the world, easy access to water is a luxury that we take for granted and I was humbled by our guest on this AWIL, when she spoke about her early years in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. A daily trek with pots & pans to collect water  from the well was simply part of her routine, even post-apartheid, and, even in South Africa where enormous wealth has never been evenly distributed. Nevertheless, Noluyanda Mqulwana, ‘Nolly’ to friends, developed her passion for dance of all kinds, taking in local styles as well as the discipline of ballet. Her skills, talent, and determination soon propelled her across the globe, performing with dance companies from Switzerland to Singapore, and for the last three years she’s been touring with Winston Ruddle’s ‘Mother Africa’, his latest brainchild, descended from the Cirque Afrique project. Nolly plays many vital roles within the production, as  dancer, singer, and choreographer. Mother Africa is part circus, part music-theatre, infused with glorious South African harmonies, a live band including kora, and a pan-African cast of acrobats, vocalists, and dancers, its theme centred around life-stories from Nolly’s hometown Khayelitsha. The water is back on! So catch the vibrant, visual, musical treat that is Mother Africa before March 12th at Holborn’s Peacock Theatre! Hear more on this A World in London by clicking here!


ARTIST                                  TRACK                                   COUNTRY

Joji Hirota                   Suisei                           Japan

Tamikrest                   Wainan Adobat         Mali

La Mambanegra        El Sabor                      USA/Colombia

Nawal                         Narizambe                 Comoros Islands

Idan Raichel               Ba’Yeshimon              Israel

Baluji Shrivastav        Nartaki                       India/UK

NAMLO                       Rodhi Ghar                Nepal/UK

Phillipe Baden Powell   Vamos Donatear   Brazil

Amine & Hamza        Spleen                         Tunisia

Amariszi                      Overture                     Holland

Justin Adams              Desert Road – Dub Colossus mix  UK

Mother Africa             Khayalitsha                South Africa

‘           ‘                       Ashiko                         ‘           ‘

‘           ‘                       Bassekou                    ‘           ‘

‘           ‘                       Dandy                         ‘           ‘


AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide: Now till March 11th Mother Africa @ Peacock Theatre, Mar 4 Da Lata @ Hideaway, Mar 5 Branco Stoysin @ The Study Society, Mar 8 Yaaba Funk @ Jazz Cafe, Mar 8 Monooka Caravan @ Sands Studios, Mar 12 De Fuego @ Green Note, Mar 12 Kongo Dia Ntotila @ Hootenanny, Mar 12 Shirley Smart Trio @ Kings Place, Mar 13 Robert Fonseca @ Barbican, Mar 17 She’Koyokh @ Kings Place, Mar 23 Raka @ Magic Garden, Mar 24 Djanan Turan @ The Library, ...more at 

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A World In London – in its TENTH year! Live on Wednesdays, 4pm, from SOAS Radio:  and AWIL/CC at Resonance 104.4fm at 6.30pm, repeat Monday 8am, online, DAB  & on Resonance Extra 5pm Wednesdays.  Join us on Twitter @aworldinlondon    This week Kongo Dia Ntotila at Resonance! Next week International Women’s Day Band Leaders at Resonance and Rizwan Mauzzam Qawwal at SOAS Radio.  Twitter:@djritu1  @aworldinlondon

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