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Africa Now
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The Africa Now concert at the Barbican was a truly amazing event.  It started with a pulsating set from Critical Mass (who I believe are actually British), which featured some quite hypnotic drumming.  The concert had I noticed a good write up in the Guardian, though I have a sneaking suspicion that the reviewer arrived late and left early.





Daara J Family were not really to my taste (as I’m not really a fan of rap), but one of their songs had a reggae feel to it, so that was ok.  I had not heard of Amadou & Mariam before booking the tickets, but I was so impressed with their set that I will keep an eye out for them in future.  I would definitely want to see them again.


Oumou Sangare and Baaba Maal were of course sublime.  I would love there to have been longer set from each of them, but as this event was showcasing so much African talent  that would not really have been possible in one evening.  The evening finished off with a truly foot stomping contribution from Rachid Taha, which featured his interpretation of The Clash’s classic ‘Rock the Casbah’ (if you like The Clash you will undoubtedly like this version, and indeed Rachid’s other work).  I hope the Barbican put on something like this again.  There are so many awe inspiring performers from Africa that I would love the chance to see live in concert.