Everyone’s favourite global punk protest singer Manu Chao plus interviews with Gilles Peterson, Oumou Sangar?©, Gilberto Gil, Ojos de Brujo, Baaba Maal, Tony Allen, Jane Ginsberg and moreRead more "Manu Chao Podcast – Born Fighting"
Charlie GIllett scoops up yet again the tracks you loved but never got round to owning and those that would otherwise have entirely slipped past you unnoticed like so many logs floating down the Niger in the middle of the nightRead more "V/A – Sound of the World Presents: Otro Mundo (Another World)"
Think of One might just be the perfect band: precociously talented, resolutely itinerant and musically fearless. Their last album, Tráfico was a joyful outpouring of ideas from anarchic Belgians encountering North Eastern Brazilians but can they pull off the same trick with Moroccan shaâbi music?Read more "Think of One – Camping Shaabi"
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"
Trading on their links with the mercurial Manu Chao, the Go Lem System have released a bright and breezy album — but does it measure up?Read more "Go Lem System – Caceria"
Damian Rafferty takes a look back on some of the seminal releases and trends that shaped this turbulent year.Read more "Editor’s End of the Year Round Up"
Julien Jacob has created his own language to express his message of peace while leaving the business of interpretation up to the listener. Originally from BÈnin, he could have chosen one of the 50 or so languages spoken there and it would have had the same effect on all but those who speak that language.Read more "Julien Jacob – Cotonou"