Mory Kanté will always be known as the man who unleashed Yéké Yéké on the world — dance music would never be the same and neither would African music. After half a dozen albums in the same vein and two decades later, he follows Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour and Khaled in producing a more roots-oriented […]
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Latin beats for a mixed crowd in this gay venue. Fridays at FreedomBar 10:00 till 3:00am 66 WardourStreet, Soho. W1 London
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Not so long ago Brazilian hip hop was a novelty, now — as this album demonstrates — it is as sophisticated, diverse and god-damn funky as any other hip hop scene you could mention.
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Favela Chic is a dangerous cult based in Paris, France. They promote musical miscegenation, drug use and wanton sexual license. Fortunately, they also have missions here in London, England and this CD can bend your brain in remote locations if you can’t attend brainwashing camps in either of the chief locations.
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Lhasa is unclassifiable not because she mixes a few styles together — although she does that — but because she is like a quantum particle. The very act of observation throws the experiment.
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It’s Saturday morning and instead of getting out and about, I am glued to my sofa listening to this fabulous release. Chief Xcel has found a perfect formula for mixing Fela.
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There are so many anthologies and best of albums featuring Manu Dibango that it is hard to see why the world needs another one but I think Rough Guides may have just found a way to slip in one more.
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For my money, this latest expedition into the vaults of Warner and Atlantic is better than the original, fine though that was. Worth the price of the CD alone is Keith Jarrett’s jazz metal masterpiece, Mortgage on my Soul (Wah Wah) — powered by Wah Wah bass and showcasing pianist Jarrett on the soprano sax.
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A good time fusion of populist Latin crossover styles delivered with passion but not enough of the good stuff to go round on this release.
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Tango like the blues, jazz, fado, son and flamenco is constantly veering between crisis and renaissance. Perhaps one of the unexpected effects of globalisation is that even if a country wants to forget its own music, the rest of the world will keep reminding them of it until sooner or later they decide themselves that […]
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