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"
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"
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"
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"
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)"