‘Heartfelt and Soulful’ Layla Kardan on Being ‘Saved’ From The Conventions of her Heritage

The term ‘World Artist’ holds a meaning which resonates in a number of ways, but it might take a few moments to get your head around the cultural heritage of an artist who’s Belgian by birth with Iranian parentage, now an Australian national living and working in the UAE.  ‘Saved‘ is an impassioned and raw album from Layla Kardan which expresses themes of an unfeigned vulnerability transformed, breaking free from cultural shackles while also reflecting her upbringing.

Having been named ‘Emirates Woman Artist of the Year – 2017‘, Layla’s music has been described as ‘heartfelt and soulful’, as you might well imagine of an artist unveiling a very personal story detailing the rise of a woman from a regressive society. Marrying her smoky soulful voice with pop, jazz, Middle Eastern and R&B rhythms and melodies, Layla’s sound is evocative and achingly poignant – an international star with a global message.

The circumstances surrounding the social empowerment of a Middle Eastern woman becoming a musician in her own right is not one that is typical around the globe. Layla’s music deals specifically with a story of being ‘saved’ from these conventions – finding her own voice and spiritual balance and, furthermore, finding the courage to share this inner light with others.

Whether by coincidence or not, in utilising an interesting idea of predominantly using band members where they have no common language with Layla ensures that any communication between them is purely musical, which in turn amplifies the chemistry that draws them together and overcomes any prevalent cultural barriers to produce an isolated experience that transcends universally.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0pu3Hd-S6k


Instagram: @laylakardan

Website: www.laylakardan.com


The sakura are ‘In Bloom’ with Julia Mascetti’s new E.P.

From the U.K to Japan; harpist and vocalist Julia Mascetti has given a hint of what’s to be expected from her upcoming E.P. In Distance, Everything Is Poetry.

The track ‘In Bloom’ gives us a taste of what’s in store in Julia’s upcoming E.P. in the form of a dark, fantastical soundscape.

‘In Bloom’ presents us with the essence of mythical storytelling, what can be described as celtic-folk roots all the way to the soundtrack to a fantasy epic; ‘In Bloom’ sets a dynamic and paints a musical picture that inspires thoughts of mythology and legend.

Julia’s siren-like vocals over a haunting and melancholic harp creates a depressing yet captivating scenario; it’s dreary tones creates suspense in such a minimalist way, yet alongside embellishments from what sounds like bells and a stringed instruments it still retains it’s melodic qualities.

The song is essentially part melodic and part concept, with the timbre of the instrumentation it manages to balance these two sections perfectly, without alienating the listener. The change of arpeggios to sustained notes in each section add for diverse textures in the song.

‘In Bloom’ tells a dreary and melancholic story, the mixture of instruments elevate the texture and song stays true to itself throughout, I feel that some of these instruments could be more apparent in the mix (what sounds like a tsugaru shamisen, could be a bit louder) but overall, the diverse instrumentation compliments the song.

The E.P. In Distance, Everything Is Poetry is out on the 11th of November, you can keep up with Julia’s social networks at the links below;








Kilindu single ‘O Que o Futuro Nos Traz’ (What the Future Brings) single out now

 Multicultural 6 piece open 2014 with brand new single and video


Fusing together an extensive list of styles and influences, Kilindu are a 6 piece band of varying backgrounds who each bring their own flavour to their music. From Lisbon, the band was formed by guitar player Pedro Duarte and singer João Pedreira.

Whether it’s Portuguese ‘Fado’ music, Cape Verde’s traditional ‘Morna’, Brazilian ‘Samba’ or Cuba’s ‘Habanera’, it is a blend of Latin jazz and Indie World Music traditions that serves their debut single well. Tying it all together is the fact that all these styles are derived from a common root – a genre of music called ‘Lundum’ which started in 15th Century Portugal.

Watch the video to ‘O Que o Futuro Nos Traz’ here:


Conceived as a musical bridge across continents – Europe-Portugal, America-Brazil and Africa-Angola – the band is a collective of musicians who have been playing from a young age. Now they’ve come together to create their own music, resulting in a very active online fan base who work hard to spread the music of the band.


It’s this support that has allowed them to play gigs such as Optimus Alive 2013, where they supported the big name likes of Kings of Leon!


Website: http://www.kilindu.com/

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyRK7giU9XM&feature=youtu.be

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kilindufadonovo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kilindu1

 Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/kilindu

Fernando’s Kitchen: ‘Se Acabo’

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There aren’t many completely independent bands that can boast of selling out a 600-person capacity venue, but Fernando’s Kitchen can.  Other successions include headlining the Tapas
Busking around Cambridge and London for several years, they have a prestigious reputation and an extremely large fan-base from all over the world. Referring to their music as ‘Nu World Fusion’, they have blended influences from several musical traditions to create their unique sound. The musicians who make up Fernando’s Kitchen are from all over the World; Argentina, Spain, South Africa, Italy and Greece, all united in London where they gradually joined together. Fantasticas Rioja Festival in South Bank, London for four years running, performing on the main stage at Rhythms of The World in 2009 and also at the Royal Opera House bar.
Sebastian and Heidi met each other on the south bank in 2005. Both were busking on the south bank and they decided to team up and play music together. For the first few years they started out as a Duet, the first year they played mostly jazz standards and pop songs with Sebastian on guitar and Heidi on vocals. Within a few months they became the best of friends and fell in love. Very soon they had made friends with almost all the buskers and many of the homeless people who live in the streets in central London, along with several other people. After a year of many daily hours of performance on the street, Heidi’s Voice needed a rest and Seb bought her a cajon from Spain to play while resting her voice. With the bit of drum kit experience from before, she found it very natural to play the cajon. That was when they started writing their own music together, and Fernando’s Kitchen was born. Once they had a clearer idea on their music and what they wanted, other musicians and instruments were added to Fernando’s Kitchen as well as a renewed focus on vocals. They have sold thousands of CD’s and literally millions of people have seen them perform due to busking. All of their songs were developed mostly during very regular busking performances for the first 5 years, the last 2 years they have spent doing more gigs and spending more time at home working on their music and perfecting their sound.
They were asked to support the flamenco guitarist Juan de Lerida at the Rich mix in London on his UK tour, and the house was packed with about 97 % of their own fans. After that evening, the Rich mix asked them if they would like to partner with them and act as their own promoter for regular live concerts in their amazing music venue, they have now been doing this for three years. It has been a ‘stage’ where some of the most important transitions have happened to them as a band, as they started stepping up to bigger stages. Their music has also stepped up, with more arrangement and production work on the finer details, a more mature sound and the addition of exciting new instruments and sounds.
Back from their August tour to Copenhagen, Fernando’s Kitchen are now releasing their latest single ‘Se Acabo’ from their album, ‘Musica Fina’. Inspired by their love for African and Latin music and a winter jam session around Christmas 2011, it includes an intricate guitar melody with soulful, harmonious vocals. It’s the kind of song to make you want to snuggle up in front of the fire, and also dance along the river-bank in the sunshine whilst sipping on a cocktail.
You can listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/fernandoskitchen/se-acabo-by-fernandos-kitchen
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