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Fofoulah: Fofoulah review a bravely adventurous new fusion band

(Glitterbeat)Dave Smith is a remarkable young drummer, as those who have heard him playing with JuJu, or with Robert Plants Sensational Space Shifters will know. With his band Outhouse Ruhabi he mixed improvisation with the Sabar drumming styles of Gambi

Love, Drink & Death - The Voodoo Urban Machine

Out 15th September, Love, Drink & Death is the long-awaited new studio album from The Urban Voodoo Machine. This spine-tingling 16-tracker delivers in spades; fans of the group s unique, dirty London take on a whole lot of styles from Rhythm n Blues, Lati

The Urban Voodoo Machine review furiously energetic and versatile

The Urban Voodoo Machine are an 11-piece London band who come on like a raucous answer to New Yorks Hazmat Modine.

Africa Utopia - Southbank Centre

Following 2012's sensational first edition, Africa Utopia is back for 2014 to once again look at what can be learnt and celebrated from Africa and the African diaspora. We look at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better: how Afric

Landini - Aurelio

This latest album from Aurelio sees the singer reconnect with Plaplaya, the village where he grew up. The Guardian gave the album four stars saying: "Despite its simplicity, Lándini is an elegant creation".

Strangers - David Mayfield

David Mayfield may be one of the most original performers on the Americana scene. Known for his bombastic stage presence as much as his virtuosic guitar talent and songwriting prowess, Mayfield's newest album STRANGERS is, in true Parade fashion, a bold a

Jaiyede Afro - Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

Strut are proud to announce the first ever internationally released new studio album by one of the all-time legends of Nigerian music, Orlando Julius, in a mouth-watering new collaboration with London super-group The Heliocentrics.

Lándini review Aurelio makes an elegant return to his Garifuna roots

His role as cultural ambassador for Honduras's coastal Garifuna people led Aurelio Martinez to Senegal for 2011's superb fusion album, Laru Beya.

Orlando Julius with the Heliocentrics: Jaiyede Afro CD review rousing new set

(Strut)Orlando Julius is one of the heroes of Nigerian music. A saxophonist, singer and songwriter, he began fusing African influences with American R&B and soul in the 60s, and was a major influence on Fela Kuti and Afrobeat. He's still in rousing form o

Los De Abajo: Mariachi Beat review distinctive fusions from Mexico

(Wrasse)The personnel keeps changing and the musical emphasis has currently shifted from ska to Mexican styles, but Los De Abajo are distinctive as ever, thanks to their energy, experimentation and ability to constantly and effortlessly change direction.