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)"
Bassekou Kouyaté is better known as the ngoni player on seminal recordings by Toumani Diabaté and Ali Farka Touré. Segu Blue is his assured, elegant and long overdue debutRead more "Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba – Segu Blue"
Malick has had three books of his photos published, exhibitions across Europe and the States and is regularly cited as one of Africa’s most important photographers. I dropped in on his Bamako studio to find a gentle man fighting the good fight against the airborne red earth of Africa and dodgy chemicalsRead more "Malick Sidibe – Dusty Town Portraiture"
Iconic, essential, quite possibly still a ‘work of lunatic scholarship’, The Rough Guide to World Music is back but what kind of shape is it in all these years later?Read more "The Rough Guide to World Music: Africa & Middle East – Volume 1 of 3 (Book review)"
Catching Ba Cissoko’s band on stage is like watching African lightning bottled in front of you. The aching beauty of the acoustic kora, the thrill of an electrified kora and the cross currents of tradition and modernity in west African music meeting in one band. The whole — as dazzling as it is — feels […]Read more "Ba Cissoko – Visitors from Electric Griot Land"
The singer songwriter boom continues in the UK but here at Fly, we like to look a little further a field sometimes. Nibs van der Spuy gently weaves his native Southern Africa into his guitar-led sound to create an album of disarming beautyRead more "Nibs van der Spuy – Beautiful Feet"
Ghana’s “Rain God” Batman Samini yesterday lifted the MOBO award for “Best African Act”Read more "Ghana’s Batman Samini – “Best African Act” 2006 MOBO Awards"