Where music stars discuss how they make their music.
Where music stars discuss how they make their music.
Drumming for legends with Tony Allen and Billy Cobham
Ezra Collective drummer Femi Koleoso and Dele Sosimi of Fela Kuti's Egypt 80 are joined on Music Life by two of the greatest drummers of all time: Billy Cobham and Tony Allen.
Billy Cobham is a Panamanian-American jazz drummer who played with Miles Davis in the 60s and 70s, before forming the Mahavishnu Orchestra. He's gone on to play with Peter Gabriel, Quincy Jones, James Brown and many more.
Nigeria's Tony Allen was once described by Brian Eno as "perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived". With his band mate Fela Kuti, he founded the Afrobeat sound - as Fela once said, "Without Tony, there would be no Afrobeat".
Dele Sosimi is a Nigerian-British musician who also played with Fela Kuti, playing keyboards in his Egypt 80 band, before forming Positive Force with his son Femi Kuti.
Femi Koleoso gets to put questions to his musical heroes, those who have done a great deal to inspire his work with Jorja Smith, Loyle Carner and London jazz group Ezra Collective.
Composing naked with Christophe Chassol and Sudan Archives
Parisian pianist Christophe Chassol has written music for Frank Ocean, Solange, Sebastian Tellier and Phoenix, as well as releasing a string of successful solo releases. On this episode of Music Life he talks to Emmanuel Jal, Ala.Ni, and Sudan Archives.
Sudan Archives AKA Brittney Denise Parks is a violinist, singer, and producer from Los Angeles whose debut album Athena is out now. Ala.Ni is a London-born, Paris-based singer influenced by the music of her uncle, the Grenada-born cabaret singer Leslie Hutchinson. Emmanuel Jal is a South Sudanese-Canadian musician, actor, and former child soldier, whose latest album, Naath, is a collaboration between him and his sister.
These great musicians get together and discuss their composition process, their musical heroes, and the challenges of collaboration.
Clichés with Gabriella Cilmi and Natacha Atlas
Australian singer Gabriella Cilmi hosts Music Life, the show where some of the best musicians in the world come together to talk about creativity and living as a musician. She is joined by Portuguese singer Carmen Souza, France-based Algerian singer Soud Massi, and Egyptian-British singer Natacha Atlas.
Carmen Souza is a jazz singer, pianist, and guitarist of Cape Verdean decent who sings in Portuguese, English, French and Creole. Soud has widely been touted as the most successful female singer-songwriter to emerge from the Arabic-speaking world. Natacha has collaborated with the likes of Nitin Sawhney, Peter Gabriel, and Jean-Michel Jarre, and her latest album Strange Days was released last year.
Gabriella, whose platinum selling debut album Lessons to be Learned came out in 2008, talks to these other great singers about staying true to artistic visions, songwriting clichés, and the unsung people who have helped them in their careers.
Cultural exchange with Sinkane and Cautious Clay
Sudanese-American multi-instrumentalist and singer Sinkane hosts Music Life this week, the show where some the best musicians in the world come together to discuss their creative process and life as a musician.
Sinkane is joined by New York's Cautious Clay, an estate agent turned pop-artist whose track Cold War was recently sampled by Taylor Swift, Filipino-American keyboardist and vocalist Elenna Canlas, who was a member of the world-renowned dub reggae collective Easy Star All-Stars, and Lea Lea, a singer from East London of Trinidadian and Italian descent, who has shared stages with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Roots Manuva, and Amy Winehouse.
Host Ahmed Gallab, AKA Sinkane, has collaborated with the likes of David Byrne, and was also a member of the Atomic Bomb Band, which celebrates the music of Nigerian musician William Onyeabor. He also recently released his seventh studio album Dépaysé. The artists discuss the ways in which they collaborate with musicians from different genres and cultures, along with talk of first gigs and life on the road.
'Don't move your hair so much' with Rebecca Lucy Taylor and Maisie Peters
Rebecca Lucy Taylor AKA Self Esteem hosts this week's Music Life - the show where some of the best musicians from all over the world get together to talk about how they make music, and their lives as musicians.
Joining her are some other great pop musicians. Alex Cameron is a singer born and raised in Sydney who makes what has been described as “Australian sleaze pop”. He apparently is used to dressing up as an old man, and his most recent record is a love letter to his partner and a musing on masculinity. Also joining the group is Maisie Peters, a 19-year-old singer songwriter from Brighton in the south of England, who started writing songs aged 12 and cites the likes of Taylor Swift, Lily Allen, First Aid Kit, Kacey Musgraves and Kanye West among her biggest influences. She gained fame after releasing recordings of herself on Youtube, and the internet has decreed that she is making the “best observational pop of 2019”. Finally, Rakel Mjoll, lead singer of the band Dream Wife. She is a former art-school student and singer from Iceland who grew up in California. Dream Wife are a band who tackle subjects such as body image, gender roles, and the various faces of womanhood.
Led by Rebecca, they discuss honesty in lyrics, musical pet hates, getting your hair caught in a violin, and trying to determine what’s cool.
Waking up in a good mood with Seun Kuti and Eno Williams
This week, Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti AKA Seun Kuti – singer, saxophonist, Egypt ‘80 band leader and son of Fela Kuti from Lagos, Nigeria – hosts a very lively episode. He’s joined by trumpeter, vocalist and visual artist, the leader of the excellent Afrobeat band KOKOROKO (meaning 'be strong' in Nigerian language Urhobo) Sheila Maurice Grey. And lead vocalist from Ibibio Sound Machine, born in London but spending most of her childhood in Nigeria where her family speak Ibibio, the native language of the Ibibio people in Akwa Ibom Staten, Eno Williams.
Led by Seun they’ll be discussing whether music should have a social responsibility, favourite songs to play live, dealing with heckles, and where the art form goes to next.