World Music

The playlist: Middle Eastern and North African DJ K-Sets, Songhoy Blues, Mariem Hassan, DJ Figo and more

In the latest of our playlist series, John Doran takes a look at a Syrian dabke musician who plays keyboard solos with his nose and tongue, and an amazing collection of Kurdish pop music cassettesAs a music fan, you occasionally chance across a resource o

Kirike - Kasse Mady Diabate, Ballake Sissoko

For almost half a century Kassé Mady Diabaté has been recognised as one of West Africa s finest singers. He is a descendant of the most distinguished griot family and his name, alongside other griot legends Toumani Diabaté and Bassékou Kouyaté, is eq

Kassé Mady Diabaté: Kiriké review Malian master goes back to his musical roots

(No Format!)Kassé Mady Diabaté is one of the finest singers in Africa. Hes a griot, a guardian of Malis ancient culture, but in the west he is best known for his fusion projects. He sang on Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabatés Kulanjan, an album praised by P

Afrovibes Festival

20 years on, Afrovibes celebrates the end of apartheid with a festival of contemporary award-winning South African productions, performances and screenings, alongside each venue's Township Cafe: a lively meeting-place and the backdrop for a festival fring

Tango - Yasmin Levy

This is the sixth studio album from Yasmin Levy and has been praised by The Guardian which said: " Her impressively powerful, emotional voice dominates the orchestra".

Five new albums to try this week: The 2 Bears, Kindness and more

Stream five new albums from alt-rockers Ex Hex, thrash act Exodus and more and let us know what youll be listening to this weekWhy you should listen: This second album from the bear suit-wearing duo, comprised of Raf Rundell and Hot Chips Joe Goddard, un

Yasmin Levy: Tango review Israeli singer takes on classic tangos to triumphant effect

Yasmin Levy has always specialised in drama and passion, at times annoyingly so, but now the Israeli singer has found the style that perfectly fits her powerful, theatrical performances and regal stage persona.

Real World 25 - Various Artists

This three disc set celebrates the 25th anniversary of Real World, featuring many of the tracks that have been highlights in the label's history. The Guardian gave the album four stars saying: "Real World changed the musical landscape – and this album s


Elefest celebrates some of the best known but misunderstood parts of London and takes place in Elephant and Castle. Formed of a mixture of homegrown and international talent, Elefest has a varied programme of events meaning that there is guaranteed someth

Goat: Psychedelia is music that is free

If Slipknot dug Sun Ra they’d sound like this: meet the masked minstrels beaming cosmic vibes from Gothenburg.