Welcome to Ali Farka time. Ali starts late and thanks the audience for their patience in French. At a beautifully languid pace he rolls his earthy sound into gear. His performance opens with a full band but his guitar, voice and the calabash dominate as on his recordingsRead more "Ali Farka Toure – Barbican ’05 Reviewed"
Funky, conscious and packed to the gills with great samples and famous guests this will be huge in the Lusitanic world — but will it make an impact outside? Who cares, you heard it here and all your friends will be profoundly impressed when they hear your copy booming back at themRead more "Rappin’ Hood – Sujeito Homen 2"
This is not ‘world music’ this is post-millennial funk, expertly refreshed with a thousand different flavours from around the planet. Zap Mama is global music culture.Read more "Zap Mama – Jazz Cafe (Reviewed)"
Fresh, punky, eclectic and sensual: C?©lia Mara’s new album has already stormed the World Music Charts Europe. C?©lia plunders musical forms from far and wide providing a refreshing antidote to the Bebel Gilberto release we are usually treated to at this time of year.Read more "Celia Mara – Bastardista"
Forming a perfect pair with his SFJAZZ Collective project, Momentum is the latest expression of what Redman calls his, “electric, groove-based thing.”Read more "Joshua Redman Elastic Band – Momentum"
Outcaste celebrate a decade of redefining what British and Asian music is, will be and might have been. If many of the tracks seem familiar that is because they areRead more "V/A – The Very Best Asian Flavas"
Their first album was a joyously fresh combination of elements that could get the dancefloor heaving at a moment’s notice. Ska, a form of dance hardwired into even the most stiff British legs met son (the form of dancing you most want to move along to — but without Ska Cubano’s help could not hitherto). […]Read more "Ska Cubano – ¡Ay Caramba!"
Precious, polished and fresh tales spun over old-school funky beats… last year’s single ‘A Request’ was one of the top sellers for Ubiquity and so they shrewdly sped to sign Ohmega Watts for his debut album, appropriately named, The FindRead more "Ohmega Watts – The Find"
Radio Tarifa employ flamenco to decode the DNA of music, travelling back in time or across continents on voyages of discovery, sounds are picked apart, melodies examined and reassembled and from these fragments new creatures are made back in their laboratory. The end results form a fabulous menagerie of impossible music — earthy, tip-of-your-tongue familiar, […]Read more "Radio Tarifa – Travelling through Space and Time"