The noble attempt to fix the shifting sands of music from around the world has been likened to the book equivalent of Apocalypse Now. A project whose twists and turns continually threaten to overwhelm its resources makes it all the more welcome and cherished as it arrivesRead more "Rough Guide to World Music: Europe, Asia & Pacific (Volume 2)- Book Review"
Not your average soundtrack. Imagine a local X-Factor in a country just emerging from the rule of the Taliban. There’ll be tears and laughter and some rattling good tunesRead more "V/A – Afghan Star"
A brave and moving film by Dominic Brown as he goes underground in West Papua to tell the stories of the West Papuans, who have been under an illegal and murderous occupation almost since the day the colonial powers moved out.Read more "Forgotten Bird of Paradise – Dominic Brown (Film)"
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)"
Billed by the promoters as the great man’s final concert and by Ravi Shankar himself as hopefully just a semi-final, this gig was as much a homage to the man as a chance to hear him play one more timeRead more "Ravi Shankar – Barbican, London (Live Review)"
Evolving from the more gentle pop of the first album, the new Trickbaby is signed to canny label Wrasse (home of Rachid Taha) and features a harder version of the catchy Asian fusion we loved the first time roundRead more "Trickbaby – Chor Bazaar"
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)"