Beat Box

By MC Ledbetter

Updated for May 2017. Every month we recommend a few classic music CDs that rarely see the light of day. This month sees: Jesus Guerrero, Budos Band, Dead Combo, Ebo Taylor, Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos, Ali Khattab and The Cairo Jazz Band get main billing.


Elahe – Voice of an Angel

By Mitra Hooshiar

The life and music of legendary Iranian singer Elahe, discussed by Mitra Hooshiar. Born in 1934 in the ancient city of Yazd in central Iran, she enjoyed her heyday during the 60s and 70s via the popular radio programme Golha.

Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Other Side of Hope”

By Bendicò

The story comes over almost as a religious parable for our times pitting Nazi-skins against homeless saviours of the night. There is no excuse for being inhuman, not even dire poverty.

Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man

By Lev Myshkin

A masterpiece of modern world literature has recently been published by New York Review of Books Classics. The tale of a renegade Brahmin whose dissolute life brings consternation and doubt to his community when he suddenly dies.

Orpheus in Japan

By Allston Mitchell

Handel in Bhutan, Monteverdi in Japan, Mozart in Cambodia…operatic performances that have defied all the odds by creating a fusion of culturally diverse musical, dance and theatrical traditions. JapanOrfeo was the latest project at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, conceived by Aaron Carpenè and Stefano Vizioli.

Political Tours

Political Tours