On The Corner Records: Triple Album Giveaway!

Mugwisa International Xylophone Group hail from Iganga, Uganda and play the embaire, a powerhouse xylophone that requires 12 people to play it. The instrument is dug into a pit for extra resonance and is often used for ceremonies that last for hours. This special strand of Ugandan folk  music was first formally released by On The Corner Records last year. This year they’ve returned with a rip-roaring Iganga Embaire EP, recently featured in Vinyl Factory’s Best New Releases. 

In celebration of the release, we’ve teamed up with On The Corner Records to offer one lucky winner a triple pack which includes the newly released Mugwisa record and the 2016 Embaire Umeme release. Alongside these two gems, we’ll also be giving away The Search,  the latest album from Collocutor – the experimental jazz band led by friend of Africa Express and stellar sax player Tamar Osborn. With support from Ethiojazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke and tastemaker Gilles Peterson, Collocutor’s second album is definitely one for your collection.

For your chance to win these three records, simply sign up to our mailing list and share this post on your social media channels. Competition closes on December 6th and a  winner will be announced within 2 days.

Listen to the albums below for a taste of what you might have in store!


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Oumou Sangare In The Round: 31st Jan 2018

Earlier this year the revered ‘Songstress of Wassoulu’, Oumou Sangare released Mogoya, her first album in 8 years. Now she brings her new material to the Roundhouse for a special, intimate one off show on Wednesday 31st January 2018. The new album out on No-Format marks a shift in Oumou’s artistic voice, made with young producers from France and Sweden Mogoya  (which translates as Today’s People) seems crafted to speak to a new younger audience. The album, which features a stunning collab with Tony Allen (listen to Yere Faga here), carries stories about Mali’s current political crises, migration and more, bubbling over a bed of driving riffs and uptempo rhythms. Now seems as good a time as any to see one of the world’s most powerful vocalists in her element.

Doors at 7pm on Wed 31st Jan, tickets available now

Oumou’s performance kicks off a week of In The Round gigs, find out more about the other artists here.


For a taste of what’s in store watch Nowness’ stunning video of Oumou’s latest track ‘Kamelemba’:

Photo by  Benoit Peverelli

Blick Bassy Headline UK Tour - Union Chapel Nov 17th

Cameroonian singer and guitarist Blick Bassy brings material from his latest album ‘Akö’ to the UK for a week. Released on french label No Format, ‘Akö’ is inspired by American Blues artist Skip James and features Blick singing in Bassa (one of Cameroon’s 260 native languages). Blick brings his live set to venues around the UK, performing with Johan Blanc on trombone and Clément Petit on cello, alongside his own distinctive falsetto, guitar and banjo. The headline tour kicks off with a special performance as part of The London Folk and Roots Festival at London’s Union Chapel on 17th November (tickets here)

Watch a new live version of Ndjè Yèm’ for a taste of what to expect:

See below for tour dates and ticket info:


Fri 17 November LONDON Union Chapel


Sat 18 November LEEDS Headrow House


Sun 19 November GALLOWAY Catstrand


Mon 20 November GLASGOW The Hug & Pint


Tues 21 November NORWICH Norwich Arts Centre


Fri 24 November BRISTOL Bristol Playhouse


Sat 25 November LIVERPOOL Philharmonic