Dry Cleaning; Oumou Sangaré review – stars of Grace Jones’s Meltdown

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Royal Festival Hall, London
The deadpan London post-punk band and the gloriously danceable Malian musician offer a delicious contrast early in the festival

There are many ways a festival curated by Grace Jones might have played out. Jones’s musical playground was the club, her crucible the disco era. When she began making waves in the early 80s, her music boasted a stern electronic undercurrent and no little funk. She covered too many artists to count.

Her Meltdown festival lineup, on ice for two years, is as eclectic as Jones’s pedigree implies. It is, however, busy with up-and-coming talents rather than marquee acts (Solange had to pull out). Leading voices from the African continent outweigh Jones’s own sources or contemporaries.

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