Begin at the end, so they say, and the end for Lobi came suddenly and out of the blue. He died in June at 49. Like Habib Koite is, Lobi was a people’s musician. Friendly and down to earth, Lobi was well known to hustlers and music fans alike in clubs like the Djembe in […]Read more "Lobi Traore – Rainy Season Blues"
Ayọ is the real thing. A big, big voice hints at something that someone so young should not really knowRead more "Ayo – Gravity at Last"
Network records have kept up the profoundly high level of quality control exhibited on the first two instalments of this exquisite seriesRead more "V/A – Desert Blues 3"
My expectations are high as the two musical traditions I love most are to be played here tonight by jazz chanteuse Dee Dee Bridgewater and the collection of Malian stars she has assembledRead more "Dee Bridgewater – Barbican, London (Live Review)"
Rachid Taha stormed the Barbican and got this venue’s sometimes stiff crowd on its feet by his second song and didn’t look back after thatRead more "Rachid Taha and Vieux Farka Tour?© – Barbican, London (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"
With a fresh take on his father’s trademark sound, Vieux is almost guaranteed to attract international audiences — even if only a handful of his compatriots have heard him play. We went to the Sahara to talk to himRead more "Vieux Farka Toure – Desert Blues 2.0"