The best night’s jazz in many a year at the BarbicanRead more "Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics – Barbican (Live Review)"
Although they will no doubt be compared to Tinariwen — Tartit have been around a similar length of time and sprang from the same experience of civil war and living in camps — theirs is a gentler but no less compelling soundRead more "Tartit – Abacabok"
2007 is shaping up to be the year of the Touareg takeover. Fortunately the appetite for the heavy, bluesy, desert rock made famous by Tinariwen is matched by the supply of fine bands.Read more "Toumast – Ishumar"
The singer songwriter boom continues in the UK but here at Fly, we like to look a little further a field sometimes. Nibs van der Spuy gently weaves his native Southern Africa into his guitar-led sound to create an album of disarming beautyRead more "Nibs van der Spuy – Beautiful Feet"
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"
Coming out of Ed Simpson’s band, Davide Mantovani went on to form Polaris. We catch up with him as part of our season of interviews with the artists at the London Jazz Fringe FestivalRead more "London Jazz Fringe Festival – Polaris"
Reminiscent at times of electric Miles, with a shade of Medeski, Martin And Wood and a hint of Zbigniew Namyslowski, Fringe People is above all a dark slab of original Swedish jazz.Read more "Mathias Landaeus – Fringe People"