Akim el Sikameya charts the same exciting waters as Radio Tarifa and all those interested in the musical links that crisscross the Mediterranean and wind back and forth from the orient to the occident. He does so, however, from the south looking northRead more "Akim el Sikameya – Maghreb Mixology"
From the unimpeachably perfect label Trama comes another gem after the excellent Rappin’ Hood release. In fact, if you fused the catholic hip hop stylings of Rappin’ Hood with the extra-terrestrial concerns of Sun Ra, this is what you would getRead more "Totonho e os Cabra – Sabotador de Satélite"
The wonderful, sonorous sounds of Pandit Ronu Majumdar’s inspired bansuri (flute) transport you to a world far away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, his adopted city, and take you on a journey that begins with an achingly mournful soundRead more "Ronu Majumdar – A Sacred Space"
Sense World Music have been extremely prolific of late and this is one of the latest releases on its mission of matching great musicianship and top notch recording. Purbayan Chatterjee and Shashank have produced a CD that develops from the ethereal to the earthy and then to the skiesRead more "Purbayan Chatterjee and Shashank – Rasayana"
Sue Steward continues rifling through the Fania back catalogue for Rough Guide; this time she brings us a fresh selection from the Mambo King himself Tito Puente. With over a hundred albums to choose from, getting down to 21 tracks is no mean feat and any selection will inevitably be partial but we are treated […]Read more "The Rough Guide to Tito Puente"
Before her sassy performance at this year’s WOMAD in Reading, the glamorous singer Lura shared stories of her unique Cape Verdean ancestry with a slice of cake to celebrate her thirtieth birthday. Beautiful, intelligent and absurdly talented, there is a huge buzz about this young singer who has been likened to the great Cesaria EvoraRead more "Lura – Body and Soul"