Picture steep-sided mountains covered in lush tropical rainforest with clouds forming in front of your eyes. The warm night air is filled with tantalising smells from the food stalls and above the sound of chirping cicadias, global sounds fill the natural bowl — the crowd turns its head as a flying fox is silhouetted against […]Read more "Rainforest World Music Festival – Sarawak, Malaysia (Live Review)"
If colonialism is on its last gasp, in Rhodesia, it seems capable of holding its breath for a very long time. It’s the early 1950s and an eight-year-old girl can hear drums, loud powerful drums, that rock her world and accompany the mbira she is listening to. Only, no one else can hear the drums.Read more "Stella Chiweshe – Mystic Sounds from Inner Space"
Damian Rafferty takes a look back on some of the seminal releases and trends that shaped this turbulent year.Read more "Editor’s End of the Year Round Up"
Charismatic and soulful London-based singer Netsayi gives us a foretaste of her album due out next yearRead more "Netsayi – ‘The Refugee Song’"