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    Rhythms of the World

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    Big George's Rhythms of the World highlights!

    Big George highlights some of his favourite moments from BBC Three Counties Radio's coverage of Rhythms of the World 2006!

    Now in its 15th year, Hitchin's Rhythms of the World Festival is getting bigger, stronger and more entertaining every year.

    This year BBC Three Counties Radio had one of the eleven stages and I was delighted that some of the artists featured on the Business of Sound did a set for us.

    Toque Tambor
    Toque Tambor

    One of the things that we all loved was that with over 700 performers, the music was so diverse and so were the personnel! Sometimes you'd get 27 people belting music out and sometimes just one person would turn up with one block of wood and just absolutely blow you away.

    It was also great to see so many people dancing and grooving at what is the UK's biggest free festival of world music!

    Here are some of my highlights! 

    Joe Driscoll

    Joe's from New York - he's a bit shabby but he's such a cool guy! He has this amazing stage show which is basically him on his own but playing maybe 17 or 18 different parts to song. How does he do that? He calls it looping. I call it absolute magic.

    Six Point Five
    Six Point Five

    He's got his microphone and his guitar plugged into a little recorder that can loop up an amount of time. He plays a bit, loops it up then plays a bit more and layers the whole thing on top. It's a very, very difficult skill to acquire and he is one of the world's best!

    Toque Tambour

    This band walked all around the festival through the entire town with instruments ranging from massive drums to little tambourines and accompanied by a number
    of exotic dancers.

    Six Point Five

    This was one of the featured bands I have had on the Business of Sound. They won the First Up competition on sky TV which gave them a week in Abbey Road Studios recording their EP. They were absolutely electric live!

    Kasai Masai


    Kasai Masai walked onto our bus with a lump of wood and magic came out of it. It was absolutely beautiful.

    Luton Youth Jazz Orchestra

    Conducted by Simon Router, they were absolutely banging, 27 young people between the ages of 14 and 19 and man could they play!


    These Three Counties favourites drew a massive crowd who were moshing - that's where it looks like you're having a terrible time but in reality, you're banging around with all these other people and it's fun! 

    The Acoustic Front
    The Acoustic Front

    They are a very strong, hard hitting punky, grungy rock band and then half way through their set their singer Kat suddenly took off the bass guitar, put on an electric guitar, made it sound like an acoustic guitar and sang a very haunting ballad.

    The Acoustic Front

    Modern jazz - a lot of people don't get it but you might after you hear them!



    She was the first artist to feature on the Business of Sound. She's just one of those people who sits at a piano and just sings classic song after classic song. It was wonderful to see her at the festival - it was a magnificent performance.

    Rosie Jones

    Rosie from Devon is just 17 and it was her first time playing at a festival. I felt really sorry for her when in the only technical hitch of day, there was a problem with a wire. It must have been horrifying for her, on her own in front of hundreds of people, but it was fixed and she went on to deliver an absolutely enchanting set.

    Jon Gomm

    This virtuoso uses one acoustic guitar to create the sound of a whole band!

    Listen to all these artists using the links on the right hand side!

    last updated: 24/07/06
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    It was a great day out for all cultures to enjoy. I loved all the live music on show. PDM did a great set.

    Toque Tambor were completely superb. Watching them was an unforgetable experience.

    To find out more about Luton Youth Jazz Orchestra and other Luton Youth Music groups, visit the Luton Youth Music website:

    Hello, thank you Heidi, it is true the band is called Kasai Masai. And to answer to Jenn's question, a CD will be released by the end of 2006. Email me your details on and I will keep you posted. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful feedback.

    Dulsori were easily the highlight of the festival for me. The Korean Kodo drummers, who got the amazed audience joining in too, ignored a ridiculous stage invasion and showed what Rhythms is all about - the best music from all over the world. Thanks to the organisers for ensuring a stunning and safe festival - here's to 2007!

    Drymouth! Fantastic band. Check em out at

    They are called Kasai Masai - see web site They were superb but have no CD out as yet, it seems. ROTW was absolute magic,but the icing on the cake without question were the Korean Kodo Drummers. Thanks to all the organisers and helpers who do a fantastic job- but why can't people help them just a little bit and take their litter home - or put it in the bins provided? Heidi

    ROTW 2006 was superb. Just a shame that people were not prepared to use the many bins and refuse bags that were put out and chose to litter the floor and river instead. As if the organisers & volunteers didn't work hard enough already. Come on people, clear up after your selves next year. Well done ROTW

    Anyone there know if Kseye Maseye have made any CD's?

    Great day out - our 5th Rythms festival. Weather glorious - so many happy faces, sights and sounds. Kaseye Maseye were absolute magic - best band I've seen there - well on a par with Jambience 3 years ago! Unable to go back on the Sunday so it was good to hear some of the sounds on Three Counties. Thanks Jenn

    John Lagrue
    How could you not mention Michael Berk? The finest guitarist of any kind ever to play at the Festival. He just totally blew us away!

    Kelly and Paul
    outstanding this year, the weather was great. we chilled at the willow stage. best band we saw was ADDITIONAL MOOG. thanks willow people!!

    it was a good day out

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