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"
Quite possibly the most difficult festival to get to on earth, certainly the most fun, The Festival in the Desert is held at Essakane every January. Head for Timbuktu and when you have reached the middle of nowhere, keep going for a few more hours of treacherous driving up and down sand dunes and you […]Read more "The Festival in the Desert 2007 – Essakane, Mali"
WOMAD sported one of its best line-ups in years to its largest audience to date for a memorable weekend in the sunshine. Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, Gotan project… the list goes on and onRead more "WOMAD 2006 – Live Review"
As keenly as the loss of this great artist has been felt around the world, there has also been an intense anticipation surrounding his last ever recording. We now know that the world’s most famous farmer was aware of his impending death in the last few years of his life and it is tempting to […]Read more "Ali Farka Toure – Savane"
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"
From the first few, sharply beautiful notes of this exquisite pairing, it is already clear that this album will be one of the key records of the year. Ali Farka Touré’s guitar and Toumani Diabaté’s Kora emit a phenomenal series of notes that interlock with each other like two intricate cogs in some otherworldly machine.Read more "Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate – In the Heart of the Moon"