Moroccan Nights

“The most important single element of Morocco’s folk culture is its music,” wrote the author and musicologist Paul Bowles, who loved the place. “The entire history and mythology of the people is clothed in song.”

A short article on Morocco’s Festival Gnaoua et Musiques du Monde, part of a guide to music festivals in Africa for Travel Africa magazine.

Mouthing Off

“The princess of punnilingus, queen of quiplash, saucy scribe of 10 naughty novels – Kathy Lette could be irritating
as hell in the flesh. Or she could just be loads of fun…”

Interview with Kathy Lette for Expats magazine.

Beginner’s Guide: Gipsy Kings

“They may have hit their chart-topping zenith in the 80s but France’s flamenco-pop sensation are still going strong, as Jane Cornwell discovers.”

Interview with Gipsy Kings for Songlines.

Culture Club

“Those without a country estate can join the club at Ireland’s Castle Leslie, where good manners and outrageous behaviour are as welcome as low-key celebrities. Jane Cornwell saddles up for a unique experience.”

Article on Ireland’s Castle Leslie. (Part OnePart Two and Part Three)

Affirmation: Interview with Darren Hayes

“He won the adulation of millions, though fame never erased his own insecurities. Now former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes is happy to face the world, flaws and all.”

Interview with Darren Hayes for The Courier Mail.

Out Of The Blues: Interview with Diana Krall

“No more done-me-wrong songs: with her third wedding anniversary and her first baby on the way, whoop-dee-do tunes are the order of the day for jazz diva Diana Krall.”

Interview with Diana Krall for The Courier Mail’s Musicians supplement.

Music Frees The Soul: Essaouira World Music Festival

“Chaser touches down at the summer festivals: Jane Cornwell connects with the Gnawa at the Essaouira World Music Festival in Morocco.”

Article on the Essaouira World Music Festival for Straight No Chaser.

The Best of Both Worlds

“Their mix of African and Latin music made them stars. Then they got into gold lamé and it all went horribly wrong. Can Orchestra Baobab ever recover? By Jane Cornwell”

Article on Orchestra Baobab for The Guardian.