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"
On stage he’s a wild torrent of punk energy channelled into an eclectic musical output. In person, he locks eyes with you and declares in his accented English, “you are my brother.” Rachid Taha is a self-confessed hippy punk rocker with a big heartRead more "Rachid Taha – Street Fighting Man"
Quite possibly the most difficult festival to get to on earth, certainly the most fun, The Festival in the Desert is held at Essakane every January. Head for Timbuktu and when you have reached the middle of nowhere, keep going for a few more hours of treacherous driving up and down sand dunes and you […]Read more "The Festival in the Desert 2007 – Essakane, Mali"
Mondomix is an influential freesheet, website and multimedia empire from France dedicated to global music culture just like us at Fly. Their latest venture is a hardback book, published at the same time as Rough Guides’ new World Music: Volume 1. How does it stack up?Read more "Mondomix – Petit Atlas des Musique du Monde (Book review)"
Diwân 2 sees Rachid Taha reclaiming the older tunes of his childhood –but not without occasional touches of his angry punk persona surfacing just in time to avoid nostalgiaRead more "Rachid Taha – Diwan 2"
When the sparkling flamenco fusion album Orillas hit my desk, I sprung into action to get in touch with the author. And then nothing for over a year. It was worth the wait though as we get the skinny on his new album…Read more "Juan Carmona – L’Etranger de Flamenco"
This one slipped between the cracks. Nominated for a Latin Grammy back in 2003, I came across this CD at the recent WOMEX and fell in love with its re-imagining of the musical landscape of Moorish Andalusia and Morocco.Read more "Juan Carmona – Orillas"