album review ‘5 star release from Mali of modern African women empowering pop’

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Les Amazones D’AfriqueAMAZONES POWERReal World Records This is no retro world music exercise though but thoroughly modern 21st-century pop record and so it should be. Music should never be made for musicologists and Les Amazones D’Afrique combination of homespun melody and modern urban pop is stunningly effective. Click here to buy this album now! Loved … Read more…

Review: The Gift (Theatre Royal Stratford East and tour)

Another successful chapter in Eclipse Theatre’s Revolution Mix, a movement dedicated to placing black British experience at the heart of drama, The Gift is Bruntwood prize-winning playwright Janice Okoh’s latest offering. Directed by Eclipse’s founder, chief executive and artistic director Dawn Walton, the play uses the real-life story of Sarah Bonetta Davies as a starting … Read more…

Mary Beard’s Shock Of The Nude: An inherently cheeky study of art’s most explicit works

Mary Beard’s feminist angle and enthusiasm for the subject made a potentially dry art history lesson incredibly watchable Mary Beard at the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge (Photo: BBC) Mary Beard’s Shock Of The Nude, 9 pm, BBC Two ★★★★ If you’ve ever wondered what classicist Mary Beard would be like on a hen … Read more…

Shock of the Nude with Mary Beard, BBC Two review

Are you a fan of oysters or Marmite? Mary Beard is not to everybody’s taste, but love her or loathe her she is not only a distinguished academic but a ubiquitous writer and presenter of classical histories, connected travels, and ruminations on societal problems. She is enthusiastic, staggeringly energetic, erudite, profoundly knowledgable, the antithesis of … Read more…

J Hus – Big Conspiracy review: British rap star lights up his own lane | Music

Earlier this week, it became apparent that J Hus’s new album, the follow-up to 2017’s Brit and Mercury-nominated Common Sense, had leaked. It was a throwback to the early noughties. Twenty-odd years ago, online leaks were the great music industry bugbear, but you don’t hear much about them after the switch from downloads to streaming … Read more…

Avenue 5 review – Armando Iannucci’s cosmic caper gets utterly lost in space | Television & radio

Apparently, Hugh Laurie is not only British but he can do comedy, too! This discovery about an actor the majority of American viewers know only as caustic doctor Gregory House in House is currently falling on US audiences like manna from heaven, courtesy of his starring role in Armando Iannucci’s new space-dystopian sitcom Avenue 5 … Read more…

Review: Shrinking Lives at a Big Box Store in ‘Paris’

Christmas in Paris is a cheerless occasion. Or at least that’s how the Yuletide season is experienced by those working at a big box store in the mid-1990s in the Vermont town of Paris, which gives Eboni Booth’s coolly observant new play its title. True, the employees of Berry’s (which is likely to have you … Read more…

Review: In ‘Paris,’ Shrinking Lives at a Big Box Store

True, the employees of Berry’s (which is likely to have you thinking of discount retailers with Mart in their names) may wear festive sweatshirts with their regulation lanyards and uniforms. And canned carols are piped, relentlessly, throughout the store. But this aural wallpaper only underscores the bleakness of the lives unraveling in the staff rooms … Read more…