In this article we introduce a human who wears many hats; Blackpool based Creative Meddler Buzz Bury who describes himself as an occasional DJ, an audio mood maker at Soundavan central, whilst also a youth worker and international trainer. Buzz talks to us about international music, lockdown and spreads some sunshine inspired musical recommendations.

In 2016 Buzz launched Small Corner of the World Festival a boutique and intercultural music festival in rural Lancashire. In the following years the Small Corner experience joined other festivals to embrace musical multi culturalism and celebrate diversity through the audio experience. He is a regular contributor and reviewer for Songlines.

Buzz told us

“As life as we knew it came to a standstill and life was somehow paused, it felt like the perfect time to “virtually” embrace travel; North, South, East and West from the comfort of your own home, cranking up that sound system and saying; ‘hello world’ through music.

“For me in these times of uncertainty it was a definite opportunity to dust off that vinyl, put some order in to those CDs or create a playlist that could lift the spirits. Music has always found a way to match the mood or provide impetus for energy, hope and survival.

“Whilst we saw live performances from venues big and small combined with the summer season of festivals coming to a crushing halt there was still evidence of new life emerging from the music world, through online performances and collaborations as well as new releases.”

Buzz reviews

“Songlines, the world music magazine I occasionally write reviews for continued to deliver issue after issue. A magazine packed with memories, features, introductions and much more celebrating the rich diversity of music from across the world. Every issue arrives with the ‘Top of the World’ CD to
introduce your lugholes to the latest offerings and a small sample of new releases. With my spending power greatly reduced I turned to some online trawling to explore some of the latest album releases – here are my recommendations.”

DakhaBrakha: Alambari – The Ukrainians continue their journey of introducing the world to their brand of ethno anarchy. Moody folk blues to Slavic ethno-punk.

Youth Meets Jah Wobble: Acid Punk Dub Apocalypse – Two bass playing giants of post-punk, world, dub and dance music world invite an array of guests to join them in a reggae, dub, chilled and dance smorgasbord of eccentricity.

The Orb: Abolition of the Royal Familia – The legendary band pay tribute to the golden age of ambient house with a playful rebellious mix of samples, loops and much more. Delivering reggae, house, cheese and intergalactic mis-adventures.

Transglobal Underground: Walls Have Ears – Beatherder regulars and gurus of global grooviness return with another exploration of world cultures and irresistible rhythms. Excursions in Bhangra, reggae, Arabia, and world funk, blended together with sitar, poetry and electronic beats.

Hansan: Nattflykt – The Swedish and German duo deliver refreshing arrangements of vocals and cello, for a woven texture of contemplation. The melancholy and haunting vocals of Sofia Talvik offer light and depth to the ebb and flow of the cello. Nordic folk and Jazz for a Sunday morning.

Listen to a carefully curated mix featuring the artists here: Mixcloud Small Corner – Buzz Bury July 2020.

Songlines is offering free access through July. Perfect for a halcyon Sunday.

Buzz Bury at Bootleg – Image Claire Griffiths

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