Kiwi dubsters pack ’em in at Limehouse’s The TroxyRead more "Fat Freddy’s Drop – The Troxy, London (Live Review)"
One of the year’s undisputed highlights so far. A joy from beginning to end. Diverse, funky, challenging and freshRead more "Mdungu – Afro What?"
Some stories never get to be told properly. At last ours has been.Read more "From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: The History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene – Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove (Book)"
Mauricio Pacheco’s passion for Angolan music has flowered into a wonderful album of reinterpretations of classic Angolan tunes by the cutting edge of Brazil’s underground sceneRead more "Comfusoes – from Angola to Brasil with Producer Mauricio Pacheco"
Ayọ is the real thing. A big, big voice hints at something that someone so young should not really knowRead more "Ayo – Gravity at Last"
All that’s good and bad from a scene on two discs. Fabulous diversity with music that leaps language barriers to grab you by the heart on the one hand but it’s still a closed shopRead more "V/A – Awards for World Music 2007"
The prolific compiler and taste-maker Gilles Peterson delivers his first Latin compilation after digging through a few hundred Fania albumsRead more "V/A – Fania DJ Series Gilles Peterson"
Tinariwen are one of only two bands to have their own Minister of Propaganda. Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav is now better known for his MTV show where very driven young ladies battle to win his attention. In contrast, the rather more earnest Issa Dicko is concerned with the survival of the Tamasheq (Tuareg) people. Tinariwen […]Read more "Tinariwen – The Camel’s Back"
Malick has had three books of his photos published, exhibitions across Europe and the States and is regularly cited as one of Africa’s most important photographers. I dropped in on his Bamako studio to find a gentle man fighting the good fight against the airborne red earth of Africa and dodgy chemicalsRead more "Malick Sidibe – Dusty Town Portraiture"
Catching Ba Cissoko’s band on stage is like watching African lightning bottled in front of you. The aching beauty of the acoustic kora, the thrill of an electrified kora and the cross currents of tradition and modernity in west African music meeting in one band. The whole — as dazzling as it is — feels […]Read more "Ba Cissoko – Visitors from Electric Griot Land"