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Wednesday January 20, 2016

From The Guardian

The most unmissable culture of 2016
By: Guardian critics

Rokia Traoré
The most bravely experimental female singer in Africa returns with a new album and London concert. Né So is Rokia Traoré’s sixth album, and the follow-up to the much praised, rock-influenced Beautiful Africa three years ago. Backing is provided by guitars and n’goni, special guests include John Paul Jones and Devendra Banhart, and highlights include an exquisite treatment of Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit. RD

Wynton Marsalis/Wayne Shorter/Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
The 82-year-old saxophonist Wayne Shorter remains one of jazz’s most revered and influential living artists, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is the most famous bandleader on the circuit, so a gig pairing the two is a momentous rarity. Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra play new arrangements of compositions by one of jazz’s most gifted melodists – but since Shorter is also still a sax improviser of startling unpredictability, the show will be far from a cosy reprise of his hits. JF

The Gloaming
The Gloaming have become an international phenomenon, thanks to their virtuoso blend of Irish traditional influences and experimentation. They release their second album, as yet untitled, on Real World Records on 26 February, when they play London’s Union Chapel, followed by five concerts at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Tickets are already on sale for their UK tour, which begins at the Colston Hall in Bristol on 21 September. RD

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