The ageing lion of South African jazz flugelhorn showed he still has all his own teeth as he scatted, sang, danced, joked, chided, mimed, agitated, funked, impersonated and swung through the nightRead more "Hugh Masekela – Barbican (Live Review)"
With a voice possessing so gentle a rasp that it makes Macy Gray sound shrill, Buika has captured Spanish hearts with a sophisticated and jazzy flamenco album sung from the heartRead more "Buika – Mi Nina Lola"
On stage he’s a wild torrent of punk energy channelled into an eclectic musical output. In person, he locks eyes with you and declares in his accented English, “you are my brother.” Rachid Taha is a self-confessed hippy punk rocker with a big heartRead more "Rachid Taha – Street Fighting Man"
All that’s good and bad from a scene on two discs. Fabulous diversity with music that leaps language barriers to grab you by the heart on the one hand but it’s still a closed shopRead more "V/A – Awards for World Music 2007"
Pioneers in the global music mash up business that wrested ‘world music’ from the hands of a self-appointed clique of experts and splattered it all over the world’s dancefloors in the nineties, Transglobal Underground are back with their seventh albumRead more "Transglobal Underground – Moonshout"
If you have ever been swept up in a chorus of drums, lost yourself swirling in a field or suddenly realised how much more interesting the world can be after hearing something alien, this is the compilation for youRead more "V/A – Live at Glastonbury’s Jazz World Stage"
Every now and then the thin membrane that separates popular from eclectic is pierced and all kinds of interesting things slip through before the membrane repairs itself. This compilation celebrates a series of popular mash ups of Gyspy, Balkan and pop sounds from Central and Eastern Europe (and New York)Read more "V/A – Gypsy Groove"
For such a highly polished musician with a legendary talent, Salif Keita’s gigs are surprisingly varied. On a bad night everything is muted, distant, by the numbers, but this was not a bad night, oh no, a bad night this was not…Read more "Salif Keita – Roundhouse, London (Live Review)"