Diwân 2 sees Rachid Taha reclaiming the older tunes of his childhood –but not without occasional touches of his angry punk persona surfacing just in time to avoid nostalgiaRead more "Rachid Taha – Diwan 2"
The events of 1492 are surprisingly present for Maurice el Médioni. Up until his mother’s generation, the family still spoke the languages of El Andalus (Arabic and Spanish) in their home in Algeria. Some part of Maurice el Médioni was left behind in Spain when the Jews were expelled, just as 460 years later, he […]Read more "Maurice el Medioni – Bringing It All Back Home"
Moffou, his last album, was one of the most beautiful records ever made. Receiving its successor was like queuing up to see Taxi Driver II; how could it possibly live up to expectations?Read more "Salif Keita – M’Bemba"
Small, plucky, defiantly British and trying to outdo ‘our American friends’ at their own game, Herbaliser conjure up images and sounds from the seminal film The Long Good Friday to fight off an imaginary invasion force in Take London — or maybe they are the enemy within ready to fling open the gates at a […]Read more "The Herbaliser – Take London"
“This is music that has been taken from us,” says Ali Farka Toure of the blues and this double LP release of impossible-to-find early recordings is claiming it back.Read more "Ali Farka Toure – Red & Green"
Ivorian, Dobet Gnahoré has produced one of the albums of the year, Ano Neke. We caught up with her in Paris just after she got back from Kenya and talked to the young singer about performance, politics and pan-Africanism.Read more "Dobet Gnahoré – New Star from Cote D’Ivoire"
How often do things you are already looking forward to wildly exceed your expectations? WOMAD 2004 had a good line up with some interesting bands but some of the most famous names were absent and so it was with an open mind that I sped up the M4 on my scooter to Reading…Read more "Womad 2004 (Reading) Roundup"