Descending the shabby stairs of the down-at-heel 100 Club, I was hit by a wave of nostalgia for the days when this venue was jumping and this reviewer was a bit more spry too. I had come to see the band Crossroadz. Billed as one of the best blues bands in Russia, I was wondering […]Read more "Russian Blues – Crossroadz at the 100 Club"
Did my heart lift when I saw a collaboration between a Western guitarist and a Tibetan nun in the post awaiting review? No, it did not. And yet, I feel curiously charmed.Read more "Choying Drolma & Steve Tibbetts – Selwa"
Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and Bill Laswell: that is a heavyweight team if ever there was one and here they pull in collaborators to put down some dark, dark tunes. Deep bass exploration.Read more "Sly and Robbie – Version Born"
An astonishingly broad array of artists deriving deep inspiration from Afrobeat make the first of these CDs constantly surprising, while the second disc goes back to the source.Read more "V/A – Afrobeat Sessions"
Five years ago, Ben Herson travelled to Senegal and was blown away by the skills of the local hip hop talent. He returned with his ‘mobile guerrilla-style’ production techniques and has just released a great album on his own label, Nomadic Wax. We have had words.Read more "African Underground Vol 1 – Hip Hop – Senegal"
“The most dangerous journey ever undertaken in the search for indigenous music,” according to National Geographic. Anthony Copping travels to some of the remotest corners of the earth, records music rarely heard more than 10 miles from where it is made and then puts out an album that hides it all away under a blanket […]Read more "Last Voices from Heaven – Siva Pacifica"
The rain came and went and came again. Attendances are up this year but it is still not as rammed as it used to be. And that is a good thing. We have a photo guide.Read more "Notting Hill Carnival 2004"