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See Marcus Mumford, Michael Kiwanuka, Green Gartside and Fatoumata Diawara at our Open Weekend | Music

Category: Music
Published on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 Written by Super User
Mumford and Sons - The Cave Link to this video

Ever since the "accidental fame" that accompanied the launch of their first album, Mumford & Sons have been on quite a journey. At our Open Weekend, Marcus Mumford will be talking to Laura Barton about the band's plans for 2012. How did it feel to be hand-picked by the PM to perform at the White House? Will that collaboration with Wiz Khalifa ever become a reality? And what news on their eagerly awaited "doom-folk" album? Buy a ticket for the event, and you might find out.

Fatoumata Diawara performs Clandestin Link to this video

Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara will be at our Open Weekend too, performing songs from her debut album, Fatou. Diawara had already enjoyed a successful career as an actor and musician in Paris, where she still lives, before releasing Fatou. With her music bringing international influences to her Wassoulou roots, our critics have praised her "soulful vocals" and "powerful voice". All this, and she stands up for women's rights, too. Who wouldn't want to buy a ticket? Romeo Stodart, the lead singer and guitarist from Magic Numbers, will be joining Diawara for two songs.

A taste of Green Gartside in conversation with Alexis Petridis Link to this audio

It's 30 years since the release of Scritti Politti's first album, Songs to Remember. At our Open Weekend event, the band's singer, singer, songwriter and only constant member Green Gartside talks to Alexis Petridis about music, politics, his reputation as the brainiest man in pop and how he got Gramsci and Deleuze into his lyrics. He's even going to play a few tunes. Why not book a ticket?

Named as the BBC's Sound of the Year in January, Michael Kiwanuka will be arriving at the Guardian's Open Weekend to play an acoustic set from his debut album, Home Again. This year he has already toured the UK and played SXSW – here's your chance to catch him in an intimate venue.

Sorry, One Direction – western pop, it seems, may have had its day. In this panel discussion at our Open Weekend, the Guardian's music editor, Caspar Llewellyn Smith will be talking to DJ Abrantee and Ian Birrell, co-founder of Africa Express, about how musical creativity has gone global. Book tickets here.

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