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"
Abraham the Gypsy had two sons, to Flamenco he said, ‘guard the purity of your sound, it will see you through some bad shit’ and to his other son Rumba Catalana he said ‘mix it up, add a little from here, leave a bit of your sound over there, let’s see how it works out.’ […]Read more "Peret (La Linea) – Barbican, 2009 (Live Review)"
All that’s good and bad from a scene on two discs. Fabulous diversity with music that leaps language barriers to grab you by the heart on the one hand but it’s still a closed shopRead more "V/A – Awards for World Music 2007"
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"
The Idan Raichel Project is unlike anything you have ever heard before and in some ways like everything you have ever heard before — but at once. It is the story of the Diaspora, of the modern day and of the ages in soundRead more "Idan Raichel Project – Music from the Many Tribes of Judah"
In a world awash with free cover-mount compilations and triple CDs for a tenner, why on earth would you buy Charlie Gillett’s latest round up? Perhaps because you really do get what you pay for…Read more "V/A – World 2006"
This is not like other music. The Romanian Gypsy musical tradition that grew up alongside bear taming, ursari, meets urban electronica. Genre and generation hopping at its most out there but don’t worry no animals were hurt in the recording of this album.Read more "Shukar Collective – Urban Gypsy"