The world’s least likely superstars are back with an album that takes the winning formula of Dimanche a Bamako to the next level. More guests, more meddling with their sound, more English and well why not, a bit of Damon AlbarnRead more "Amadou et Mariam – Welcome to Mali"
There are few musicians around more polished than Khaled but if you have ever wanted to peel away the sophistication and the years to reveal the raw, young heart of north African rock and roll, this is your momentRead more "V/A – 1970’s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground"
Network records have kept up the profoundly high level of quality control exhibited on the first two instalments of this exquisite seriesRead more "V/A – Desert Blues 3"
Clear, punchy jazz with heavy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours makes for a deeply rewarding albumRead more "Hijaz – Dunes"
The most recent in what seems like a bottomless well of great music of all styles from Nigeria is coming your way soon from crate diggers extraordinaire Soundway Records. Prepare yourself for Psychedelic Afro-rock and fuzz funk in 1970s NigeriaRead more "V/A – Nigeria Rock Special"
As the many comments on a piece on fly some time back about hiplife testify, this is a genre that inspires passion and pride as well as bigtime dancing. Outhere Records bring the undergound scene and the big stars to the world’s attention with this compilationRead more "V/A – Black Stars: Ghana’s Hiplife Generation"
Pulling off a Fela compilation is no easy thing. For a start, most of his classic songs from the seventies are an unhelpful 10 minutes plus in length. But if anyone is going to be able to do it, it should be Wrasse RecordsRead more "Fela Kuti – Anthology 1"
The British Ambassador to Mali and Senegal abandons tales of desert bandits to wander over to the dancefloor, there he will dance amid a throng of impossibly elegant Senegalese women of all ages, a few dapper older gents and some Western music fans aware that in the warm night air of the Just4U club in […]Read more "Orchestra Baobab – Made in Dakar"
Charlie Gillett mixes the well-known with underground discoveries, crosses continents, sifts thousands of songs, balances the sexes and blends contemporary and traditional on this year’s cropRead more "V/A – Sound of the World 2007 (Charlie Gillett)"
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)"