Monday, July 9, 2012
London's Calling, the Arts Council backed album which brings together the cream of London's international music scene to cover classic tracks about the capital, will be released physically on Monday 23rd July. The weekend preceeding the release will see performances by many of the bands featured on the album at the BT River of Music festival which forms part of the London Cultural Olympiad.
Krar Collective, who play dynamic roots music from different parts of Ethiopia and different tribal traditions with a contemporary edge and feature among their members Temesegen Tareken, a former pupil of veteran Ethiopian vibraphone player Mulatu Astatke, will be playing on the Africa Stage, London Pleasure Gardens on 22nd July. The band, who turn Lily Allen's LDN into an Ethio workout on London's Calling will be playing alongside acts including the inspirational Staff Benda Bilili and guitar extraordinaire Muntu Valdo.
The two acts that lend their interpretations to the albums namesake, The Clash's London Calling, will both be playing the Asia Stage, Battersea Park on Sunday 22nd July. Arun Ghosh, who provides an Indio-jazz-punk belter cover of the classic track and Transglobal Underground who give us a heavy Arabic infused dancehall banger will share the stage with Kronos Quartet and Alif Ensemble amongst others.
More info on the BT River of Music can be found here.
London's Calling is available to download now from iTunes and othe digital music providers.
The abum is released physically on 23rd July.