The noble attempt to fix the shifting sands of music from around the world has been likened to the book equivalent of Apocalypse Now. A project whose twists and turns continually threaten to overwhelm its resources makes it all the more welcome and cherished as it arrivesRead more "Rough Guide to World Music: Europe, Asia & Pacific (Volume 2)- Book Review"
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"
Every now and then the thin membrane that separates popular from eclectic is pierced and all kinds of interesting things slip through before the membrane repairs itself. This compilation celebrates a series of popular mash ups of Gyspy, Balkan and pop sounds from Central and Eastern Europe (and New York)Read more "V/A – Gypsy Groove"
A few years ago a group of hoteliers got together in the pleasant but unremarkable stopover of Segou along the banks of the Niger river to work out how to get people to stay for a while in their town. Thus the Festival sur le Niger was born and this year it burst its banksRead more "Festival sur le Niger – Dancing through the Tears"
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"
On paper, it’s not too promising: a collection of wedding songs played by master clarinettist. The reality though is a thrilling tour de force of a region’s music refracted through the prism of its most intense social experience.Read more "Selim Sesler – Anatolian Wedding"
Displaced, abandoned and yet somehow triumphant, the Sara Tavares story is as extraordinary as her music. Join her on the journey from saudade to balancêRead more "Sara Tavares – From Saudade to Balancê"