It is hard to imagine a more powerful vocal form of music than the massed power of a Zulu group in full swing. But how would it fare when mixed with an eclectic range of beats and music?Read more "Abantu – The Mighty Zulu Nation"
Out of the turmoil of the Ivory Coast, emerges this incredible voice: comparable in range and power to Angelique Kidjo. Effortlessly skipping between languages and African musical influences, Dobet brings to mind the great Miriam Makeba. How can someone generate such comparisons after only releasing one LP? Welcome to the world of Dobet GnahorÈ.Read more "Dobet Gnahore – Ano Neke"
Nasty, pointless and brutish, life as depicted in this film set in rural France is enough to deter anyone from ever considering downshifting to the countryside. Au Hasard Balthazar is a very bleak masterpiece of realitÈ cinema.Read more "Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar (DVD)"
During the day, artists, promoters, record labels and Fly’s Editor mingle and do business in a giant art-deco colliery in the heartland of industrial Germany but at night, the doors are flung open to the public for around 50 gigs. Here are pics of some of the best…Read more "Photo Gallery – WOMEX 2004"
Julien Jacob has created his own language to express his message of peace while leaving the business of interpretation up to the listener. Originally from BÈnin, he could have chosen one of the 50 or so languages spoken there and it would have had the same effect on all but those who speak that language.Read more "Julien Jacob – Cotonou"
After selling 300,000 copies of their blockbuster release Music from the Coffee Lands, Putumayo are hoping to pull off the same trick with this cleverly themed collection of tracks from Africa, Latin America and India. And let’s not forget the influence of the Swiss and the Belgians when it comes to chocolate — and so, […]Read more "V/A: Putumayo Presents Music from the Chocolate Lands"
Alex Cox, who knows a thing or two about film, puts ¿Quién Sabe? in his top three of Spaghetti Westerns up there with Sam Peckinpah’s Wild Bunch. Shot in Almería at the tail end of the sixties, this is a tail of revolution, deception and redemption through violence. It is also a topical study of […]Read more "¿Quién Sabe? (A Bullet For The General) DVD"