The huge domed chamber of London’s Roundhouse rocked to the Soukadelic sounds of Staff Benda Bilili and melted at the charms of Fatoumata DiawaraRead more "Staff Benda Bilili and Fatoumata Diawara – Roundhouse (Live Review)"
A night of contrasts, propelled by the power of soukousRead more "Nsimba Foggis & Taxi Pata Pata – The Tabernacle (Live Review)"
If you were lucky enough to catch these guys on tour with Baka Beyond, you will know that this is unrelentingly upbeat music bursting with sunshine, like powerful rays piercing the canopy of their native rainforestRead more "Orchestre Baka Gbine – Gati Bongo"
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"
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"