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Spirit Rising – Intrusion – Le Havre

Issue No. 2297

Spirit Rising

Angelique Kidjo, CD out now

West African singer Angelique Kidjo is a favourite on the world music circuit.

Her first live album displays her range. Her own dance numbers such as “Agolo” mix with African classics such as Miriam Makeba’s “Malaika”, alongside covers of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” and Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up”.

Kidjo is probably the world’s most popular female African singer. From the late 1980s she has recorded in the West, first in Paris then New York. She then returned to explore her musical roots in Benin.

This album is an inspiring introduction to Kidjo that showcases her vocal strength and range.

Ken Olende


by Ken MacLeod

published by Orbit Books

Left wing science fiction author Ken MacLeod brings us a dark vision of a dystopian future in a novel that some have likened to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

This tale of totalitarianism revolves around “the fix”—a pill that change your genetic make-up to fit into a world of forced conformity.

It’s a world where New Labour-style “freedom” is forced down your throat, while you live a life surrounded by CCTV and surveillance drones.

Expect MacLeod’s characteristic imagination, wit and venom in the latest novel from the author of The Execution Channel and The Night Sessions.

Le Havre

directed by Aki Kaurismäki, in cinemas from 6 April

This story of Le Havre, the French harbour city, is a timely tale about African migration to France.

Idrissa, a young African refugee, arrives in Le Havre and strikes up a friendship with Marcel, who works as a shoe-shiner.

Marcel helps Idrissa escape the attentions of the police and officials set on his deportation.

The film is a stylish homage to classic French cinema that mixes in a contemporary view of racism in France.

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