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A World In London 224 - Srdjan Beronja Fri, 2017-05-19 17:06

Drum disciple Srjdan Beronja on this A World in London!

Ethnomusicologist, composer, and percussion maestro Srdjan Beronja released his superb second album Sounds of The East via ARC Music in February. Its fluidity is reflected in the eloquence of its creator and the album tracks are not simply ‘performances’, but instead crafted by an artist that worships ‘sound’. Srdjan is permanently listening, noticing, and translating sounds in all their beauty to our senses. He revels in tablas & taals, dafs & darbukas, ragas & maqams, as well as birdsong and cowbells, collecting field recordings and equally talented collaborators for intimate duets along a path stretching from Serbia to India, and into the Middle East. Where Srdjan grew up, in Novi Sad, eastern drums called out to him from cassette tapes but there were none to be found locally, and this took him on a pilgrimage to Varanasi, eventually culminating in the creation of his book The Art of Indian Tabla. Since then his travels have been intense and global as he seeks out new rhythmic pastures, though we caught him during his first trip to the UK. It was an honour to welcome Srdjan to A World in London, and also to find that our show was an essential stop in his City tour along with Big Ben and London Bridge! Find out more on this AWIL and at!


Joji Hirota Chikyu Japan/UK

Svang Tango De La Abuelita Finland

Meklit I Want To Sing… USA/Ethiopia

iyatra Quartet Talenga UK

Juanes Es Tarde Colombia

Dream Stars Pop Makossa Invasion Cameroon

London Lucumi Choir Yeyeo Aremi UK/Cuba

Srdjan Beronja SSS Arabesque Serbia

‘ ‘ Alapana ‘ ‘

‘ ‘ Raag Jog Dhun ‘ ‘

‘ ‘ Raga Kirvani ‘ ‘

‘ ‘ Maqam Bayati Oud Taqsim ‘ ‘

‘ ‘ Raga Sitar-Daf Bhairavi ‘ ‘

AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide: May 18 Penya & Let Drum Beat @ Total Refreshment Centre, May 18 Koral Society @ Rough Trade West, May 20 Koral Society @ Magic Garden, May 20 Oysland at The Step, May 21 Tatcho Drom @ St John’s Church W11, May 21 iYatra Quartet @ Kings Cross Station and Rich Mix – FREE! May 23 Near East Collective @ Jamboree, May 27 Kuch Kuch Bollywood Nights at The Alice, June 2 Focus Africa Music Festival at Rich Mix…more at

17/5/17 AWIL 224 #AWorldInLondon is podcast on #Itunes & #Mixcloud: A World In London – in its ELEVENTH year! Live on Wednesdays, 4pm, from SOAS Radio: and AWIL/CC at Resonance 104.4fm at 6.30pm, repeat Monday 8am, online, DAB & on Resonance Extra 5pm Wednesdays. Join us on Twitter @aworldinlondon This week Bernhard Schimpelsberger at Resonance, Next week Koki Nagano at SOAS and Munto Valdo at Resonance. Twitter:@djritu1 @aworldinlondon