After more twists and turns in his recent record label adventures than the sale of Liverpool FC, it’s great to get a new album from Femi KutiRead more "Femi Kuti – Africa for Africa"
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"
The most recent in what seems like a bottomless well of great music of all styles from Nigeria is coming your way soon from crate diggers extraordinaire Soundway Records. Prepare yourself for Psychedelic Afro-rock and fuzz funk in 1970s NigeriaRead more "V/A – Nigeria Rock Special"
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"
The ageing lion of South African jazz flugelhorn showed he still has all his own teeth as he scatted, sang, danced, joked, chided, mimed, agitated, funked, impersonated and swung through the nightRead more "Hugh Masekela – Barbican (Live Review)"
This is not the first afrobeat compilation, nor is it even the first to feature remixes by well-known DJs but you do get an eclectic selection of afrobeat classics and there are big guns aplenty on the remix CD including Paul OakenfoldRead more "V/A – Sound Affects Malmaison (Volume 1 Africa)"
Flower power is at its peak in Haight Ashbury, the Rolling Stones are answering Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band with their own psychedlic masterpiece and Folonho ‘Ginger’ Johnson releases this long overlooked gem of funky African music in LondonRead more "Ginger Johnson and his African Messengers – African Party"
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"
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"