One of Africa’s finest female vocalists returns to the Barbican with songs from her Grammy-nominated album Seya. With support from Anibal Velasquez y Los Locos del Swing.Read more "Oumou Sangare – Barbican, London"
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"
A night of contrasts, propelled by the power of soukousRead more "Nsimba Foggis & Taxi Pata Pata – The Tabernacle (Live Review)"
Jaunty world pop tune with a lasting legacyRead more "Angelique Kidjo and Peter Buffett – A Song for Everyone"
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"
Brecon Jazz Festival is now all about the music and it shows. We went off to Wales to see for ourselvesRead more "Brecon Jazz Festival 2009 – Round Up"
Some stories never get to be told properly. At last ours has been.Read more "From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: The History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene – Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove (Book)"
By far the best thing to come out of Washington for a very long time, this outernational mashup of Afrobeat, dub and hip hop is firing political comment on thumping beatsRead more "Thievery Corporation – Radio Retaliation"
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"
Miriam was one of the 20th Century’s most extraordinary women. A musical giant, a campaigner and someone whose life was inextricably linked to the fight against Apartheid and for the civil rights movement and African liberationRead more "Miriam Makeba – Mama Africa Dies"