One of Africa’s finest female vocalists returns to the Barbican with songs from her Grammy-nominated album Seya. With support from Anibal Velasquez y Los Locos del Swing.Read more "Oumou Sangare – Barbican, London"
On paper this is all wrong. A government funded programme in response to social unrest in Harlem, a group of mostly non-Latins making a Latin record, a huge cast of non-professional musicians. And what did they produce? Only one of the top 5 Latin records of all timeRead more "Har You Percussion Group – Sounds of the Ghetto Youth"
While the host nation to this gig was tuned into a football match, the mainly Latin audience danced, roared and sang their way through an exceptional evening of musicRead more "Seu Jorge and Airto Moreira – Royal Festival Hall (Live Review)"
Picture steep-sided mountains covered in lush tropical rainforest with clouds forming in front of your eyes. The warm night air is filled with tantalising smells from the food stalls and above the sound of chirping cicadias, global sounds fill the natural bowl — the crowd turns its head as a flying fox is silhouetted against […]Read more "Rainforest World Music Festival – Sarawak, Malaysia (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"
If you have ever been swept up in a chorus of drums, lost yourself swirling in a field or suddenly realised how much more interesting the world can be after hearing something alien, this is the compilation for youRead more "V/A – Live at Glastonbury’s Jazz World Stage"
The prolific compiler and taste-maker Gilles Peterson delivers his first Latin compilation after digging through a few hundred Fania albumsRead more "V/A – Fania DJ Series Gilles Peterson"
Jose Luis, London’s Latin Mr Big turns his hand to the art of compilation making to deliver three big, bad slabs of music that will have purists gnashing their teeth and everyone else shaking their thingRead more "Resiste – Brasil, Cuba & Salsa Carnaval"
Salsa is and was a controversial term for music that escaped between the edges of definition. It wasn’t simply Puerto Rican, Cuban, commercial, from New York, black etc and yet it wasn’t possible without all of these thingsRead more "Beats of the Heart: Salsa – Director: Jeremy Marre, 1979 (DVD)"
No doubt confused by being murdered by his conservative, cross-dressing father, it would appear that the spirit of Marvin Gaye is alive and well and living in the body of a reformed post punk artist from SpainRead more "Gecko Turner – Chandalismo Ilustrado"