If you’ve seen Bic Runga perform live in the last few years you may have noticed the harp playing of Natalia Mann. She’s back on the road with Bic but this time she’s got a solo album of instrumental music inspired by her adopted home town of 18 million people, Istanbul. Nick Atkinson visited Natalia just in time for a cuppa and was intrigued to find out that Alice Coltrane was given her first harp by husband John Coltrane. Sadly John passed away before the harp arrived and Alice, a talented pianist, warmed to the harp composing and performing a series of classic albums with saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. While Natalia was influenced by Alice Coltrane in her early years her new life in Turkey informs her latest original compositions on her debut solo album pasif.ist.
Kinshasa One Two
Recorded at a blistering pace over five hectic days in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa One Two is another ambitious musical project undertaken by Blur lead singer Damon Albarn. With ten producers in tow he set off for Africa to collaborate with local musicians playing often home-made instruments. As well as his good buddies Dan The Automator and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Albarn enlisted the skills of a thoughtful producer named Kwes, who lent a considered hand to the beat-making in Kinshasa.
Award-winning bearded Australian folk maestro Jordie Lane performs live in Radio New Zealand’s Wellington studio with Music 101 host Kirsten Johnstone.