Connan Mockasin Joins Big Lineup at Meltdown

New Zealand musician Connan Mockasin joins Elbow frontman Guy Garvey’s Meltdown festival – in a lineup which includes Femi Kuti, Laura Marling and Howe Gelb – playing at the Royal Festival Hall on 15 June.

As part of a video selection chosen ahead of the festival for the Guardian, Garvey says: “If you doubt [Mockasin’s] artistry and originality, watch this beautiful eerie video for this beautiful, eerie song [Faking Jazz Together]. I’m amazed we got him.”

Mockasin, who is originally from the Hawkes Bay, has toured with Radiohead and Charlotte Gainsbourg and has songs covered by the likes of David Byrne and Anna Calvi.

His most recent album is called, Caramel.

Original article by Guy Garvey, The Guardian, June 3, 2016.

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Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Sydney-based artist Claus Stangl has taken out one of Australia’s top art honours with his portrait of Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi, The Guardian reports. Stangl won the packing room prize, a…