The huge domed chamber of London’s Roundhouse rocked to the Soukadelic sounds of Staff Benda Bilili and melted at the charms of Fatoumata DiawaraRead more "Staff Benda Bilili and Fatoumata Diawara – Roundhouse (Live Review)"
After more twists and turns in his recent record label adventures than the sale of Liverpool FC, it’s great to get a new album from Femi KutiRead more "Femi Kuti – Africa for Africa"
The best night’s jazz in many a year at the BarbicanRead more "Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics – Barbican (Live Review)"
A night of contrasts, propelled by the power of soukousRead more "Nsimba Foggis & Taxi Pata Pata – The Tabernacle (Live Review)"
Begin at the end, so they say, and the end for Lobi came suddenly and out of the blue. He died in June at 49. Like Habib Koite is, Lobi was a people’s musician. Friendly and down to earth, Lobi was well known to hustlers and music fans alike in clubs like the Djembe in […]Read more "Lobi Traore – Rainy Season Blues"
One of the year’s undisputed highlights so far. A joy from beginning to end. Diverse, funky, challenging and freshRead more "Mdungu – Afro What?"
I Speak Fula strips away some of the ponderousness that flawed the otherwise delightful debut album from this most explosive live band and reveals far more of Bassekou as a resultRead more "Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba – I Speak Fula"
Charlie GIllett scoops up yet again the tracks you loved but never got round to owning and those that would otherwise have entirely slipped past you unnoticed like so many logs floating down the Niger in the middle of the nightRead more "V/A – Sound of the World Presents: Otro Mundo (Another World)"
Ayọ is the real thing. A big, big voice hints at something that someone so young should not really knowRead more "Ayo – Gravity at Last"
How this slice of pure, good vibes ever slipped through our net, I do not know but the only rainbow band from the rainbow nation of South Africa set their sites on global domination with a slick, punchy and soulful albumRead more "Freshly Ground – Ma’cheri"