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The actress impressed the judges with her spirited tango

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(Far Out Recordings)

Maybe when you are Brazil’s most revered percussionist (Vasconcelos has played with Jan Garbarek and Pat Metheny among others) you feel obliged to stretch the bashing-and-tapping-things envelope. For there doesn’t appear to be any musical reason for what sounds like underwater conga playing or, for that matter, rigorous crisp packet shaking.

Album review: Sidi Touré, Alafia (Thrill Jockey)

With a largely acoustic recording one might expect a certain amount of reserve and introspection. But that’s certainly not the case with this Malian singer-songwriter’s third album.

The man was playing petanque in the town square when the elephant trampled him

Runaway circus elephant tramples 84-year-old boules player in Paris

An elephant escaped from a circus in a town near Paris on Sunday, killing an 84-year-old Frenchman who was playing in a petanque competition.

Chris Samba took a £20,000-a-week pay cut and swapped the Champions League prospects in Russia for a relegation fight with QPR because he missed his family

Christian Samba close to Russia return as Queens Park Rangers accept £12m bid

Former club Anzhi Makhachkala rumoured to want defender back after just half a season at Loftus Road

Chris Samba up against Dimitar Berbatov

'What is a £100,000 performance?': Chris Samba hits out at criticism on Twitter

QPR defender was to blame for two goals in last night's 3-2 loss to Fulham

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Russian club offered QPR more than the west London club paid Anzhi Makhachkala

Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul

Anzhi Makhachkala to tempt Younes Kaboul to leave Tottenham

Defender will be offered £4m-a-year after tax according to reports

Chris Samba

QPR defender Chris Samba 'ashamed' of performance against Swansea

Relegation threatened side lost 4-1

Chris Samba

QPR 'out of their minds' to spend £12.5m on Chris Samba... says director of the club they bought him from

Samba joined relegation threatened side from Anzhi Makhachkala on transfer deadline day

Chris Samba

Christopher Samba completes move to QPR for a fee thought to be £12.5m

Defender joins from Anzhi Makhachkala in a club record deal

Chris Samba has previously played in the Premier League for Blackburn Rovers
Chris Samba

QPR trigger £10m release clause for Christopher Samba

Former Blackburn defender set to join relegation fight

Chris Samba in action for Anzhi Makhachkala

Former Blackburn defender Chris Samba returns to England hoping Anzhi Makhachkala can continue run of form against Liverpool

Christopher Samba makes a return to England tonight with the former Blackburn Rovers defender lining up with new club Anzhi Makhachkala at Anfield to play Liverpool in the Europa League.

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