The huge domed chamber of London’s Roundhouse rocked to the Soukadelic sounds of Staff Benda Bilili and melted at the charms of Fatoumata DiawaraRead more "Staff Benda Bilili and Fatoumata Diawara – Roundhouse (Live Review)"
A night of contrasts, propelled by the power of soukousRead more "Nsimba Foggis & Taxi Pata Pata – The Tabernacle (Live Review)"
A near faultless album and a creative statement of pan-African visionRead more "Louis Mhlanga – World Traveller"
This is not ‘world music’ this is post-millennial funk, expertly refreshed with a thousand different flavours from around the planet. Zap Mama is global music culture.Read more "Zap Mama – Jazz Cafe (Reviewed)"
Feisty, fresh, rooted and open, this is a superior record from a group of contemporary jazz luminaries that includes Joshua Redman and old hand Bobby Hutcherson. The ‘SF’ refers to San Francisco and SFJAZZ is an annual project that brings together emerging and established names for a series of concerts themed around an inspirational figure […]Read more "SFJAZZ Collective"
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"