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"
Iconic, essential, quite possibly still a ‘work of lunatic scholarship’, The Rough Guide to World Music is back but what kind of shape is it in all these years later?Read more "The Rough Guide to World Music: Africa & Middle East – Volume 1 of 3 (Book review)"
This is a delightful album full of great tunes and unexpected variety. More than a thousand primary-school-aged children across London, the Home Counties and Cheshire sifted through African music albums and plumped for hip hop, various traditional forms and a little bit of noveltyRead more "V/A – The Rough Guide to African Music for Children"
Sue Steward continues rifling through the Fania back catalogue for Rough Guide; this time she brings us a fresh selection from the Mambo King himself Tito Puente. With over a hundred albums to choose from, getting down to 21 tracks is no mean feat and any selection will inevitably be partial but we are treated […]Read more "The Rough Guide to Tito Puente"
Compiler Lubi Jovanovich has done it again with a fine selection of surefire floor fillers from the past decade. The emphasis is on salsa dura — the tight-to-the-beat style that dancers everywhere favour — on this well-chosen selectionRead more "The Rough Guide to Salsa Dance: Second Edition)"
Sudan. Bigger than Western Europe / scene of the 21st Century’s first genocide/ one of the world’s greatest ancient civilisations/ meeting point of countless cultures/ fundamentalist censorship and flourishing culture. Sudan is so vast, complex and contradictory that one could only have the sketchiest expectations of this LP. Well, forget all that for a moment, […]Read more "V/A – The Rough Guide To The Music Of Sudan"
When Celia Cruz died in 2003, the Latin world went into mourning. Incredible scenes were witnessed in Miami and at her funeral in New York. Celia was always the voice of Latin America but she also represented the dream. A poor black girl with little more than a great voice and a knack of being […]Read more "Celia Cruz – The Rough Guide To Celia Cruz"