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"
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"
Network records have kept up the profoundly high level of quality control exhibited on the first two instalments of this exquisite seriesRead more "V/A – Desert Blues 3"
Out East, the Vortex swirls jazz goodness around but west London has its own pockets of perfect jazz. Our favourite is Hammersmith’s Basement Jazz Sessions. We caught up with accidental jazz entrepreneur Joel Reeves on the eve of Elan Mehler Quartet’s visitRead more "Basement Jazz Sessions – Out of the Lightness, into the Dark"
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"
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)"
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"
This is an overlooked gem from 1973, recorded at the Townhall, New York City a couple of days before Christmas. Sun Ra’s mind was on his ‘Space is the Place’ film and like an avant-garde film of that time, the music is restless, shifting and all over the spaceRead more "Sun Ra – Concert for the Comet Kohoutek"
Gilles Peterson digs out obscure gems from well-known jazz masters and Jazzanova get to play with contemporary forcesRead more "V/A – The Kings of Jazz (Compiled by Gilles Peterson and Jazzanova)"
Ali Farka Toure was awarded Mali’s highest civil honor on Wednesday as a dense storm of sand and dust delayed his funeral in Niafunke, his Saharan hometown.Read more "Ali Farka Toure – Commander of the National Order of Mali"