This weekend was the 4th, and in my humble opinion, the biggest and best Magdalen-Augustine celebration, with so much going on it did feel like another mini-festival and I again felt that I missed so much. Musically it was certainly extremely busy with samba, taiko drumming and gospel choirs under the flyover, a Future Radio stage in Anglia Square, a world music stage in The Blueberry curated by Sefo Kanuteh, a host of acts in the hidden gem that is St Savior’s Church (curated by Matt Watson) and more music at the King of Hearts.
Here are a selection of photos of the acts that I did manage to catch:
The always entertaining Moxy, featuring Hugh of the Vagaband, and Andy Kirkham, started the music with their infectious blend of gypsy, klezmer and East European music.
Despite also being at the tail end of a cold, Natalie put in a beautiful set with her lovely voice at the wonderful St Savior’s being run today by Matt Watson.
Andy Kirkham’s second set of the day, at the world music stage in the Blueberry, curated today by Sefo Kanuteh. Andy has to be one of the most talented musicians in the city. Today he played some west African, some swing and a new number or two. Amazing. His set was greeted with sustained and extremely warm, loud applause.
The always enchanting Sebastiana played a rare set today, some gypsy, romany, Yiddish, Russian and Czech. Including one of my favourites, her French lyrics version of Dark Eyes.
Jose Ferrers and Guateque’s Cuban rhythms has the whole of the Blueberry dancing.
Stromm played a good and confident set with full band at St Savior’s.
I was just able to catch a song or two from Philip Lewis-Jones before dashing again to catch Sefo Kanuteh. Philip has a great voice and super storytelling in song.
Quite possibly my highlight of the day. Sefo Kanuteh’s kora augmented by a full band, including the very talented Jesse Barrett. The addition of drums and percussion from Jesse Barret and an electric bass made this irresistible, and like AfroCubism. The Blueberry was packed for this one and everyone seemed to be dancing. Utterly superb.
The finale to the celebrations was a gig by the wonderful Vagaband in Anglia Square on the Future Radio stage. A good crowd was here for this and they did not disappoint. Only missing Greg from the line up they played for an hour or so, and even got Jape from the audience to join them for another Townes song.
words and photos © all rights reserved, richard shashamane 2013