This week’s travel snap is also my entry for Round 46 of Travel Photo Roulette with the theme of ‘Smile’. If you’d like to enter you’ll find all the details Continue Reading →

My diary… from the smiling coast of Africa – Part 4

Children’s smiling faces and shouts of “Kathryn” and “Shelagh” greet us in Jeddah, a poor district of Brikama. It’s Wednesday morning and we’re off to visit Jeddah Progress Nursery School Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas from the children of Jeddah

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! This week’s photograph is of the children at Jeddah Progress Nursery School in The Gambia. Although The Gambia is a Continue Reading →

My diary… from the smiling coast of Africa – Part 3

Cooking fish benachin and visiting the newly built school at Dairuharu Monday I’m up fairly early today as I’m going on an excursion run by The Gambia Experience ‘Cooking with Continue Reading →

Maracatu FM – an exciting mix of funk, ska and folk music from Brazil


Through my role with Nyodema I’ve been sent some wonderful CDs from bands wishing to perform at our annual world music and arts festival. It can be very frustrating when due to our limited budget or other constraints we are unable to promote some of these amazing artists. This couldn’t have been more true than when a CD from Madrid landed on my door mat - Batuque de Tambor by Maracatu FM.

You can listen to a few tracks from the album here

Formed in 2003 by Brazilian percussionist, Carlos Mankuzo, who also runs a samba percusion group of the same name, Maracatu FM mix samba, funk, ska and dub with folk music from Pernambuco in Brazil  to produce an energetic sound of exciting rhythms and memorable melodies. I’m quite sure that it is impossible to sit still at one of their gigs.

In 2011Maracatu FM toured extensively throughout Spain but they have not as yet performed in the UK. For now at least  I can only imagine the excitement of a live performance by Maracatu FM backed by a full on samba drumming troupe!

Their album, Batuque De Tambor, is available to download from Amazon.

Maracatu FM on myspace

I’d be interested in what you think so please do leave a comment!

You won’t believe your feet

With musicians from three different continents it is hardly surprising that, Bristol based group, Baraka’s musical influences reach around the globe as they skillfully blend music from West African highlife Continue Reading →

Singing, dancing and some very loud bangs!

In 2007 Nyodema’s first fundraising event included a photographic exhibition showing different aspects of Gambian life. With this in mind, we were invited by the Camarra family to a very Continue Reading →

A week of song in The Gambia

I have recently returned from a wonderful week in The Gambia with my fellow Nyodema trustee, Shelagh and our friend, Andrea. I have been to The Gambia a number of Continue Reading →