Brownswood Basement: Gilles Peterson with Deirdre O Callaghan, Kokoroko (Live), Perry Louis and Ola Szmidt (Live)

First broadcast date: 14 December 2017

Gilles Peterson presents a weekly show based on his iconic Brownswood Basement.

Joining Gilles this week is photographer Deirdre O Callaghan, jazz dancer, DJ and choreographer Perry Louis, and two straight up live sessions from Ola Szmidt and the all female jazz collective Kokoroko.

Photography Dobie Photo.

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Joining Gilles Peterson this week is the London based 8-piece Afrobeat band Kokoroko. Led by trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey and fronted by an all-female horn-section, the band infuse inspirations from Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor and Tony Allen to create new school Afrobeat grooves, bringing a taste of West Africa to Stoke Newington.

Deirdre O Callaghan

One of the original curators of pop culture magazine Dazed and Confused, Deirdre O Callaghan has been photographing high profile musicians ranging from U2 to Gangstarr, and makes artwork and press for all the major record labels. Her pioneering book, The Drum Thing is a masterpiece of photography and interview, showcasing the most important 100 drummers in the world today.

Perry Louis

Perry Louis founded the JazzCotech Dance Group in over a quarter of a century ago, and it is still the only dance group in the UK teaching ‘Oldskool Street-Fusion Jazz Dance’, a niche style which developed in the 80s. He’s also an internationally renowned DJ, spinning records in London’s The Jazz Cafe and The 100 Club, and abroad in Ireland, Japan and Denmark.

Ola Szmidt

Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award winner Ola Szmidt is a groundbreaking multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who sings in both English and Polish. With an impressive variety of instruments and under her command, her music centres around Scandinavian and Eastern Folk traditions, whilst incorporating elements of jazz, soul and ambient.



The Soul Investigators – Bad Education [Yemaha Sol]
Theo Parrish – Preachers Comin’ [Sound Signature]

Ola Szmidt Live //

Ola Szmidt – Apnea [Unreleased]
Ola Szmidt – Wrapped [White Label]
Ola Szmidt – Satellites [White Label]
Ola Szmidt – Polish Choral (Live Improv) [Unreleased]
Ola Szmidt – Moja [White Label]


Don Cherry – Music, Wisdom, Love 1969 [Cacophonic]
The Drum Thing – John Coltrane Quartet [Impulse!]
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Lead The Way [Honest Jon’s Records]
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Purple Afternoon [Honest Jon’s Records]
Minutemen – Anchor [SST Records]
The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There [Stax]
Beatrice Dillon and Call Super – Fluo [Hessle Audio]
Makadem & Behr – Nyako [On the Corner]
Matt Martians – Women/Useless [Three Quarter]
King Krule – Biscuit Town [True Panther Sounds]
Oscar Jerome – Subdued [White Label]
Tamba Trio – Las 3 De La Mañana [RCA Vik]
King Sunny Adé & His African Beats – Synchro Feelings [Island Records]
Itadi K Bonney – Inye [Itadi Productions]
Uele Kalabubu – Afrodisiac [Polydor Special]
The Positive Force with Ade Olatunji – Praise Song [Pamoja Records]

Kokoroko Live //

Kokoroko – TIDE
Kokoroko – UMAN
Kokoroko – Abusey Junction [Brownswood]

Tony Scott And The Indonesian All Stars – Mahkle [MPS]
Ezra Collective – Pure Shade [Brownswood]
Bobby Carcasses – Emiliano 1ro [Areito]
Canoneo – Night Journey [Passport Records]
Jukka Syrenius Band – Let The Nature Sing [Touch Records]
The Warriors – Drive [RCA]
Hundred Birds – Jungle Kitten [For Life Music]
Onward International – Foot In The Door [Paladin]
Ryan Porter – Spangle-Lang Lane [World Galaxy Records]
Nicole Mitchell And Haki R. Madhubuti – Move Into Our Own [Black Earth Music]

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