Afro-Peruvian music is one of the most elusive genres in the world. It’s practically unheard outside the borders of Peru, and the people there are even unsure of many aspects of its history.Read more "V/A – The Rhythms of Black Peru"
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)"
Koko was packed to the rafters with an impatient Brazilian crowd, keen to get past the DJ and onto the fabulous Vanessa da Mata, who burst onto the stage with such vibrancy and life that the already excited venue cranked up to notches rarely seen outside of BrazilRead more "Vanessa da Mata – Koko, London (Live Review)"
If you want to be one of those impossibly smug folk who have tired of new discoveries before the rest of the world has even heard of them, this is the album for you. Vanessa da Mata is going to hit in a big way: think Bebel Gilberto with bass and attitudeRead more "Vanessa da Mata – Sim"
He is no longer the beautiful young man he once was but the voice can still charm the birds from the trees and the gentle humour of the man can keep them entertained once they are sitting on his shouldersRead more "MIlton Nascimento – Royal Festival Hall ’08 (Live Review)"
While the host nation to this gig was tuned into a football match, the mainly Latin audience danced, roared and sang their way through an exceptional evening of musicRead more "Seu Jorge and Airto Moreira – Royal Festival Hall (Live Review)"
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 prolific compiler and taste-maker Gilles Peterson delivers his first Latin compilation after digging through a few hundred Fania albumsRead more "V/A – Fania DJ Series Gilles Peterson"
Fresh, contemporary, avant-garde, soulful and bossa-based — not an impossible (but admittedly unlikely) combination as this album provesRead more "Kassin +2 – Futurismo"
Salsa is and was a controversial term for music that escaped between the edges of definition. It wasn’t simply Puerto Rican, Cuban, commercial, from New York, black etc and yet it wasn’t possible without all of these thingsRead more "Beats of the Heart: Salsa – Director: Jeremy Marre, 1979 (DVD)"