Music for Crocodiles breaks away from the pack and heads for the lucrative world of big name female vocalists but it does so with charm and a sultry flavour all of its ownRead more "Susheela Raman – Music for Crocodiles"
Don’t be misled by the title, this is not the samba of Bahia, it signifies instead a party and throughout the recording it is as if one has been transported to a raucous street party in Pernambuco, BrazilRead more "Siba – Fuloresta do Samba"
Moffou, his last album, was one of the most beautiful records ever made. Receiving its successor was like queuing up to see Taxi Driver II; how could it possibly live up to expectations?Read more "Salif Keita – M’Bemba"
Despite José Antonio Rodríguez’s diminutive size, he had a huge voice and was affectionately known in his native Cuba as ‘El Pequeño Gran Sonero’. His death, aged just 52, is a shock to many and a loss to all.Read more "Sierra Maestra Founder Dies Aged 52"
With a mix of songs from his new album M’Bemba and the much-loved Moffou, Salif Keita swept a sold-out Barbican along with a sensational performanceRead more "Salif Keita Triumphs at The Barbican – Live"
This is the sound of chaotic resistance to the bland world order of Coldplay and Coca-Cola. Whaa! is a subversive potion of dub featuring the Upsetter himself, Brazilian grooves, African borrowings and funky electronicaRead more "Zuco 103 – Whaa!"
As one who has to confess to coming late to the Souad Massi bandwagon, I must confess I have been bowled over by this album of swirling strings, poignant lyrics and passionate singing named after the artist’s first childRead more "Souad Massi – Honeysuckle (Mesk Elil)"
Following last year’s Hip Hop Love Soul, Nicci Cheek presents no fewer than 15 tracks of offbeat, funky and intelligent hip hop but is it jazz? Not really but who cares if it works?Read more "V/A – Nicci Cheeks Presents Hip Hop Love Jazz"
The word ‘Orientation’ derives from the practice of aligning churches to point eastwards and carries the added connotations of a direction to travel in, knowledge of where you came from and the beliefs that one holds dear. Thione Seck has made explicit his love of Bollywood and Egyptian music and made one of the most […]Read more "Thione Seck – Orientation"
It’s official – Nigerian 2-Face Idibia tonight made music history by becoming the first artist to win the Best African Act award at the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards in Lisbon. The award was created in 2005 to mark the addition of MTV base, MTV’s pan-African TV channel, to the MTV global television familyRead more "2-Face Idibia"