Mauricio Pacheco’s passion for Angolan music has flowered into a wonderful album of reinterpretations of classic Angolan tunes by the cutting edge of Brazil’s underground sceneRead more "Comfusoes – from Angola to Brasil with Producer Mauricio Pacheco"
Pulling off a Fela compilation is no easy thing. For a start, most of his classic songs from the seventies are an unhelpful 10 minutes plus in length. But if anyone is going to be able to do it, it should be Wrasse RecordsRead more "Fela Kuti – Anthology 1"
Things could have been so different for Rachid Taha. Too ‘Algerian’ for French rock and too punk for rai: it’s a testament to his bloody-mindedness, stamina and unique ability to craft a top tune that we not only know his name but celebrate him as one of the best musicians associated with AlgeriaRead more "Rachid Taha – The Definitive Collection"
Salsa is and was a controversial term for music that escaped between the edges of definition. It wasn’t simply Puerto Rican, Cuban, commercial, from New York, black etc and yet it wasn’t possible without all of these thingsRead more "Beats of the Heart: Salsa – Director: Jeremy Marre, 1979 (DVD)"
Ted Levin is the scholar who, to his own surprise, brought the little known throat singing tradition of Tuva to a global audience in 1990. This thought provoking book, investigates the profound consequences for the musical ecosystem of this remote, mountainous republic and attempts to recontextualise the music from the point of view of its […]Read more "Theodore Levin – Where Rivers and Mountains Sing (Book)"
Amparanoia release their fifth album to an international audience switched on to all things Spanish and a growing fan base off the back of their last album and tour. Their sound is more rocking guitars with Iberian flavours than the more mashed up Ojos de Brujo sound and features a knack for creating hooks.Read more "Amparanoia – La vida te da"
With the release of Barí, Ojos de Brujo produced not only one of the most exciting releases of recent years but declared a manifesto. Fly caught up with ODB’s DJ Panko to talk flamenco, graffiti and how to beat the multinationals at their own game as their new album dropsRead more "Ojos de Brujo – Hip Hop, Flamenco and Anarcosindicalismo"