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Maybe you'll enjoy interviewing musicians and thinking up features. You'll certainly be able to write to a given house style, to a high standard of English, and you'll proofread your regular contributions.
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All this week on musicOMH we're running interviews with, features on and reviews of African artists, with new articles being published daily.
With Mali's Rokia Traoré headlining in London, Baaba Maal's first album in eight years out and Western Sahara's Group Doueh having just completed their first UK tour, it seemed timely to throw a spotlight on the continent's musicians and their works, from a mainstream, rather than a specialist, perspective.
This is the first time we've themed this site for a week, and there's a reason for it. African music in the media is ghettoised, confined to specialist publications, BBC Radio 3 and a smattering of newspaper columns. While the quality of these is often excellent, I don't see why it should be so separate, or why people who claim to love music seem so often to dismiss an entire continent, its people and their output as readily as they do. As Baaba Maal said in his interview with me, "African music... is just music. It doesn't belong to this part or this part. Music is something you share."
So we're running interviews with Maal, Amadou & Mariam (pictured) and Youssou N'Dour, features on the legacy of Fela Kuti and African music's huge influence on dance and classical works from the west, plus a preview of Malawi's Lake Of Stars festival which returns in October.
Reviews will include Traoré and Doueh live and coverage of new albums from Maal, Vieux Farka Touré, returning Tuareg desert tribesmen Tinariwen and the latest archive raid by Damon Albarn's Honest Jons label, this time delving into 1950s Congo. Most of this will be up by the weekend.
We've also collected together a selection of our African music related archive content, including reviews of Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Tony Allen, Mayra Andrade, Ali Farka Touré and last year's Africa Express shows, amongst much else. You can access all this and more at the Africa Week index.
I'm well aware that this is but a snapshot of what African artists are doing. It is in no way meant to be comprehensive. But I do hope that at least it constitutes something of a rebalance.
Ah, June already - halfway through the year. So it's that time of the month when we take a look at the last four weeks and assemble a Spotify playlist for your delight and delectation, highlighting 50 of the best tracks of the month.
All of this month's tracks were released during May, either on an album, single or MP3 and as ever we've been (only slightly) hamstrung by Spotify's selection process (no Grizzly Bear yet? For shame, Spotify!). Yet from Dizzee Rascal through to Phoenix, Graham Coxon, The Maccabees and the Manics, it's been a typically varied month's listening here in OMH Towers.
To listen to the playlist, click here, and don't forget to leave us your comments below. For you poor people outside of Spotify's user reach, here's what's on our playlist this month:
Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers Kasabian - Fire Toddla T - Shake It St Vincent - Actor Out Of Work Esser - Leaving Town The Maccabees - Love You Better Junior Boys - Hazel Tiga - Shoes Graham Coxon - Perfect Love Passion Pit - The Reeling Jarvis Cocker - Leftovers Phoenix - Lisztomania Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Hypnotic Thomas Truax - Twin Peaks (Falling) Gallows - The Vulture Flare Acoustic Arts League - Love Finds Andy Warhol Kleerup - Until We Bleed The Wave Pictures - I Thought Of You Again Alessi's Ark - Over The Hill Conor Oberst - Roosevelt Room Peaches - Mommy Complex God Help The Girl - Come Monday Night Marmaduke Duke - Silhouettes Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - The Debtor Chairlift - Bruises Eg - Weird Friendless Kid Annie - Anthonio British Sea Power - Man Of Aran Green Day - Know Your Enemy Manic Street Preachers - Jackie Collins Existential Question Time Team Waterpolo - Room 44 Eels - My Timing Is Off Marilyn Manson - I Want To Kill You Like They Do In The Movies Fink - Sort Of Revolution Placebo - For What It's Worth Laura Izibor - From My Heart To Yours Iggy Pop - King Of The Dogs Little Boots - New In Town Deerhunter - Rainwater Cassette Exchange Speech Debelle - Go Then, Bye (Esser Remix) Tori Amos - Welcome To England Bloc Party - Signs (Armand Van Helden remix) Bob Dylan - Life Is Hard Son Of Dave - Nike Town Fanfarlo - Drowning Man Post War Years - The Red Room Nathan Fake - Basic Mountain My Latest Novel - All In All In All Is All Alec Empire - Control Drug Scott Matthews - Suddenly You Figure Out