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Happy New Year

2014 was a blur of activity, leaving my job at the RNCM in March after 19 years and finally becoming a fully freelance Kora player and singer. There was a lot to reflect on at the end the year including over 50 concerts in diverse settings from concert halls to old people’s residential homes and special needs schools, … Continue reading

Solo gigs

Playing two solo gigs tomorrow (Friday 5 September) and Saturday, one a participatory concert for young adults with special educational needs at Stockdales Centre in Sale and the other a baby naming ceremony for little Amara Lily Martindale-Brokate at Salem Fields, Hebden. This is why I am so passionate about the art of the kora … Continue reading

2013

4 weddings, an International Festival debut with Delphic, a BBC broadcast, 2 studio recordings, a performance at the British Museum in London, a tour of New York (nice feedback letter MTH NYU CCC Concert on 12-17-13), loads of gigs in special educational needs settings, mainstream schools, hospitals, community settings and, of course, concert halls, a … Continue reading

New York Tour!

Click here for my Tour poster – Koraqueen NYC I’m very excited about taking my Kora to New York to share music at Jeff and Erica’s wedding then with people in various healthcare settings, working with some fantastic people and organisations including Institute of Music and Neurological Function, Musicians on Call, Music that Heals, Alzheimer Poetry … Continue reading

Mora Kora

I’ve been busy in the last couple of months preparing to sell my house and leave my job of 17 years at the RNCM in order to have more time to practice the kora, write music, share music in the community and be a free human being rather than being an institutionalised inhuman ‘doing’. I’ve … Continue reading