Batman Samini is one of Ghana’s biggest stars. His sound is a hybrid of old school highlife, dancehall and hip hop, which some journalists have tagged raglife, but which the man himself refuses to classifyRead more "Ghana’s Batman Samini – Nominated for 2006 MOBO Awards"
Big Night Out kicks off with a growling swinger as shortMAN recounts the history of jazz delivered in a staccato ‘if you go down to the woods today’ style — and the evening has got off to a fine startRead more "Dennis Rollins’ Badbone & Co – Big Night Out"
Ted Levin is the scholar who, to his own surprise, brought the little known throat singing tradition of Tuva to a global audience in 1990. This thought provoking book, investigates the profound consequences for the musical ecosystem of this remote, mountainous republic and attempts to recontextualise the music from the point of view of its […]Read more "Theodore Levin – Where Rivers and Mountains Sing (Book)"
Beautiful, smart and soulful as southern cornbread, Nneka could be the new Lauren Hill. Everything is right about this stunning debut: a great new voice, conscious lyrics and more hooks than a fishing tackle shop in the Hook of HollandRead more "Nneka – Victim of Truth"
Jazz Radio UK is a pressure group formed to lobby for more jazz on the radio in the UK. They have just launched a survey online, giving you the chance to register your viewsRead more "Jazz Radio UK – Campaign for New Jazz Station"
We are shocked and saddened to announce the death of the great Cuban conga player Miguel ‘Angá’ Díaz who died unexpectedly at his home in Barcelona on 9th August 2006, he was 45.Read more "Miguel ‘Angá’ Díaz 1961 – 2006"
Sometimes less is more and by focussing on Satchmo’s early life, Brothers sheds more light on Armstrong than many biographies covering the artist’s whole life have doneRead more "Thomas Brothers – Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans (Book)"
This is an overlooked gem from 1973, recorded at the Townhall, New York City a couple of days before Christmas. Sun Ra’s mind was on his ‘Space is the Place’ film and like an avant-garde film of that time, the music is restless, shifting and all over the spaceRead more "Sun Ra – Concert for the Comet Kohoutek"
If you were lucky enough to catch these guys on tour with Baka Beyond, you will know that this is unrelentingly upbeat music bursting with sunshine, like powerful rays piercing the canopy of their native rainforestRead more "Orchestre Baka Gbine – Gati Bongo"
After five long years, Gigi’s follow up to her eponymous debut takes that winning formula and beefs it up still further under the eye of uber-producer Bill LaswellRead more "Gigi – Gold & Wax"