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Issue No. 2372

Get Happy, Pink Martini, Wrasse Records

Pink Martini continues to pull off the difficult task of intertwining world music and easy listening. Here it’s Japanese, here Cuban, there Brazillian. 

It is never bland and rarely chaotic, despite songs in a range of languages. Singer Rufus Wainwright makes a guest appearance.

I’m not sure how they pull off Smile with 95 year old US comedian Phyllis Diller. But they do. Take a risk on this. You might get happy.

Ken Olende

Unity: a concert for Stephen Lawrence, O2 Arena, Sunday 29 September

Emili Sande and Tinie Tempah head up a stellar line up at this concert to mark 20 years since the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Campaigning by Stephen’s parents exposed institutional racism in the Metropolitan police. Two of his killers were finally jailed last year.

The concert will raise money for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

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Tue 24 Sep 2013, 17:50 BST
Issue No. 2372
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