Susana Baca came to international prominence doing her own thing and in so doing became synonymous with the Afro-Peruvian sound that is now recognised the world over. Travesias sees her gently exploring other directions in music and indulging herself with some inspired collaborationsRead more "Susana Baca – Travesias"
Soundway Records are best known for their crate-diggin’ compilations of African music. So can they pull off the same trick of releasing meticulously researched and beautifully re-mastered records but of a Latin tinge? ¡Claro que si!Read more "V/A – Panama! Latin, Funk and Calypso on the Isthmus 1965-75"
While 2005 has thrown up an almost limitless supply of Afro-beat compilations, the hot sound on the streets of Lagos has long been Fuji. Adé Bantu was born and grew up in Nigeria but moved to Cologne where he made a name for himself on the German hip hop scene. Hooking up with the cream […]Read more "Bantu feat. Ayuba – Fuji Satisfaction: Soundclash in Lagos"
Following last year’s Hip Hop Love Soul, Nicci Cheek presents no fewer than 15 tracks of offbeat, funky and intelligent hip hop but is it jazz? Not really but who cares if it works?Read more "V/A – Nicci Cheeks Presents Hip Hop Love Jazz"
Low Life Records have been one of the UK’s most consistent purveyors of assured hip hop for well over a decade. This essential compilation of tracks that slipped between the cracks packs 13 urban tales set to the finest of beats and then unpacks the tracks in a bonus mix CD by Kam just for […]Read more "V/A – Life Before 40"
This is a delightful album full of great tunes and unexpected variety. More than a thousand primary-school-aged children across London, the Home Counties and Cheshire sifted through African music albums and plumped for hip hop, various traditional forms and a little bit of noveltyRead more "V/A – The Rough Guide to African Music for Children"
Outcaste celebrate a decade of redefining what British and Asian music is, will be and might have been. If many of the tracks seem familiar that is because they areRead more "V/A – The Very Best Asian Flavas"
When Celia Cruz died in 2003, the Latin world went into mourning. Incredible scenes were witnessed in Miami and at her funeral in New York. Celia was always the voice of Latin America but she also represented the dream. A poor black girl with little more than a great voice and a knack of being […]Read more "Celia Cruz – The Rough Guide To Celia Cruz"
Drawn from the broad panorama of Songlines’ 50 best African albums, The Essential African Album scrupulously includes East, West, North, South, traditional and modern music from the giant continent.Read more "V/A – Songlines: The Essential African Album"
Gilles Peterson in Brazil was a huge success so it comes as no surprise that Ether Records are repeating the formula for an African outing. Gilles is not only a world class authority on Brazilian music, he has created an entire mini industry around him devoted to diggin’ in the crates from São Paulo to […]Read more "Gilles Peterson in Africa"