Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Maori Rap Meets Bollywood Brass

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Maori Rap Meets Bollywood Brass

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IF you ever wanted to live like Commonwealth people, or do whatever Commonwealth people do, then BBC Music Live Jubilee event would have been your ultimate education. The 40 or so acts, divided across five stages - Australasia, Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa - exhibited the extreme musical diversity under the Crown's influence. And as you moved from stage to stage you felt as if you were crossing continents while staying on the genteel banks of the Serpentine.

The picnic spreads added to the surreality: there was everything from Fortnum and Mason hampers to lager lunches.

Perhaps the strongest sense of multicultural Britain was in the audience at the Asian stage, where BBC Music Live Hyde Park Mark Espiner Susheela Raman and Bollywood Brass Band shared the bill with the brilliant Trilok Gurtu.

This dynamic percussionist and tabla player spun out an enchanting set, abetted by Parisian keyboard player Jessy Lipkins and Congolese singer Sabine Kabongo. …

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