The world’s least likely superstars are back with an album that takes the winning formula of Dimanche a Bamako to the next level. More guests, more meddling with their sound, more English and well why not, a bit of Damon AlbarnRead more "Amadou et Mariam – Welcome to Mali"
Following news of Belizian Garifuna musician Andy Palacio’s sudden illness, Fly is saddened and shocked to report his deathRead more "Andy Palacio – Dies Aged 47 in Belize"
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)"
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"
Jose Luis, London’s Latin Mr Big turns his hand to the art of compilation making to deliver three big, bad slabs of music that will have purists gnashing their teeth and everyone else shaking their thingRead more "Resiste – Brasil, Cuba & Salsa Carnaval"
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)"
Diwân 2 sees Rachid Taha reclaiming the older tunes of his childhood –but not without occasional touches of his angry punk persona surfacing just in time to avoid nostalgiaRead more "Rachid Taha – Diwan 2"