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A World In London 210 - NAMLO and Ali Azimi! Fri, 2017-02-17 19:38

Our fantastic guests on this A World In London were Nepalese group Namlo & Iranian singer Ali Azimi, and both have concerts taking place soon in our capital city! Ali Azimi & The Need will perform at Under The Bridge on Feb 24th showcasing his new rock-orientated album ‘Till Glory Finds You’. Azimi has a multiple-personality voice which soars through deep & profound lyrics written in Farsi & English, that bypass all borders, and resonate with humankind. He has made London his home after Tehran since 2004, and has many parallels with Ganga Thapa, the inspirational leader of Namlo. Both are prolific songwriters, outstanding vocalists, and have a degree in the Sciences, yet beyond Silk Road roots, their music routes are contrasting. Ganga champions the traditional folk styles of Nepal, alluding to the mountainsides & landslides, highs, lows, and hardships of Himalaya life, referencing sherpas & mules en route. Since adopting London as his home in 2007, Ganga – like Ali – has formed a unique band here, and on this AWIL you’ll hear exclusive out-takes from their hotly anticipated debut album, ‘NAMLO’, with exquisite co-vocalist Shreya Rai, talented producer/composer Bishwo Shahi on guitar, and Robin Hemmings on double-bass. Namlo in name and NAMLO on album, launch at Rich Mix March 2nd! Also on this AWIL the debut CDs by Koral Society and Vocal Global!


Hossam Ramzy Sabla Tolo IV Egypt/UK

Vocal Global Transparent Water UK/Martinique/Israel

Koral Society Hope UK/Germany/Guinea

NAMLO Pida Nepal/UK

‘ ‘ Sila ‘ ‘

‘ ‘ Mountain Groove ‘ ‘

Ali Azimi Find Me Tomorrow Iran/UK

‘ ‘ Zindagi (Life) ‘ ‘

NAMLO Tamang Selo ‘ ‘

AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide: **A HUGE THANK YOU to JOJI HIROTA & THE LONDON TAIKO DRUMMERS, IYATRA QUARTET, NAMLO, AILM, for performing brilliantly at the AWIL-Live fundraiser for Resonance FM on Feb 16th!!! ** Feb 17 TEYR @ Betsey Trotwood, Feb 17 Raka @Jam In A Jar, Feb 19 Koral Society @ Walthamstow Folk, Feb 23 Ranagri @ Slaughtered Lamb, Feb 23 Goran Bregovic @ Hammersmith Apollo, Feb 24 Ali Azimi @ Under The Bridge, Feb 25 Baluji Shrivastav @ Rich Mix, Feb 25 Kuch Kuch Bollywood Nights @ Alice Bar, Feb 26 Vocal-Global @ Vortex, Feb 26 + 27 Idan Raichel @ 229 Club, Mar 1 Althea SullyCole @ The Star By Hackney Downs, Mar 2 Namlo, Kadialy Kouyate @ Rich Mix, Mar 8 Yaaba Funk @ Jazz Cafe, Mar 13 Robert Fonseca @ Barbican, Mar 17 She’Koyokh @ Kings Place …more at

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