Late at night in Salif Keita’s studio in Bamako a cellist and a kora player recorded their jams. Vincent Segal (cellist) tells us what lay behind his collaboration with Ballaké Sissoko
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Salif live is always special but normally you have to wait for the second half before it kicks off — but not tonight. Salif had the Barbican on its feet by the second song and never let them sit down
Read more "Salif Keita: La Difference Tour – London Live Review"
Profoundly sad news about the passing of a friend to the music and for the lucky few a friend in person
Read more "Charlie Gillett – 1942 – 2010"
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 arrives
Read more "Rough Guide to World Music: Europe, Asia & Pacific (Volume 2)- Book Review"
The singer Lhasa de Sela passed away in her Montreal home on the night of January 1st 2010, just before midnight. She succumbed to breast cancer after a twenty-one month long struggle, which she faced with courage and determination
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Everyone’s favourite global punk protest singer Manu Chao plus interviews with Gilles Peterson, Oumou Sangar?©, Gilberto Gil, Ojos de Brujo, Baaba Maal, Tony Allen, Jane Ginsberg and more
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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 tunes
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One of the year’s undisputed highlights so far. A joy from beginning to end. Diverse, funky, challenging and fresh
Read more "Mdungu – Afro What?"
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)"