“I was brought up on jazz, blues and (old school) gospel by my jazz trombonist father during the 60s and 70s – alongside rock of course! In the later 70s I heard and saw my first African bands and in the 80s got exposed to latin american music whilst living in South America. I’ve never been the same since!
My musical areas of interest tend to be in what is usually described as World Music. Besides writing occasional reviews for UK Vibe, I’ve been an active percussionist and kit-drummer for over 40 years in a wide range of bands and projects from jazz, blues, rock folk and pop, through funk, soul, urban and gospel to reggae, ska, salsa, samba, cumbia and in particular all manner of fusions.
More recently I have come out from behind my weapons of mass percussion to take to the mic myself and develop my love of words as a spoken word artist (ranging from ‘serious’ poetry to chap-hop!).
Previously I’ve also been a radio DJ (live and prerecorded) with my WorldBeatUK world music shows on Rhubarb Radio and WorldMusicRadio.com and hopefully soon at BrumRadio). I currently release my own two hour WorldBeatUK radio podcasts on www.mixcloud.com/glyngphillips also.
I was a club DJ since the late 80s – mostly spinning tropical music as part of Viva La Musica, Moseley Tropical, Brazil in my Soul, Viva Latinos, Bongo Go 2.0, etc – for 25 years or so, alongside the Godfather of the Brummie Tropical scene, the late Brian Parsons (aka Zuppa Inglese).
I was also Editor of WorldMusic.co.uk for some years and many of my reviews can be found there.
Performing, DJing, teaching, listening, writing and dancing to music has been so much a part of my life that I instinctively distance myself from anyone that says that music is not important to them. If music be the food of love, then my belly is fit to burst and my heart is beating in 6/8…”