If music be the food of love then we were having a massive orgy on Leith tonight. Andrew Moir was in the hotseat to interview three sets of diverse musicians. They all loved the Leith tonight atmosphere so much that they decided to stay in the green room and listen for the whole show.
Mao No Chao
Lee and Claire joined us in the studio to tell us all about Capoeira Angola. This is a martial art and dance that originated in Brazil among African slaves created as a form of cultural identity in their struggle for freedom. This art-form has enjoyed a renaissance not only in Brazil but all over the world. Their group, Mao no Chao (meaning, Hand on the Earth) is based in Edinburgh and is committed to spreading the traditions. Lee and Claire treated us to a live performance with some traditional instruments and created an amazing sound.
Some guests you just can’t keep quiet with flowing conversation and anecdotes. Others are like the Stagger Rats. Andrew eventually coaxed them out of their shells but it all made for compelling radio. They came in to promote their soon to be released EP and we were treated to a couple of tracks from that. Their music has a retro quality and is a catchy blend of pop and rock. They are a band who love performing live so find out where they are playing at their Myspace.
The most charming guest of the evening was guitarist, singer and songwriter Sylvain Ayite. He has been living in Leith for the last ten years and loves to collaborate with local musicians. Sylvain has a diverse cultural background having been born Senegal from a Ghanian father. This allows him to perform in a number of languages and express his feelings in a unique way. Watching his guitar skills was a great pleasure but unfortunately the news interrupted his second live track. We would love to have him back some time soon for a longer session to make up for it.