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World Music

Terry Allen: Bottom of the World - review

(TLA) Terry Allen is the maverick renaissance man of the alt-country scene. Born in Texas and now based in New Mexico, he's a painter and sculptor involved in theatrical projects, and a singer-songwriter whose unique work has been covered by everyone fro

UBS Soundscapes: Electica - The Barbican

The oud is a pear-shaped guitar characteristic of Middle Eastern music. Its captivating sound finds an ideal exponent in Dhafer Youssef, who as a boy in Tunisia was so poor that he crafted his own instrument out of scraps, and who has gone on to dominate

Sweet Honey in the Rock - review

The gents' lavs have never been more deserted at a Barbican concert than they are tonight. Sweet Honey in the Rock, the all-female African-American a cappella gospel quintet, have been selling out venues like this for four decades, always attracting an ov

Tricolore - Haiku Salut

Debut album by Derbyshire trio who use accordions, trumpets, glockenspiels, pianos, loopery and laptopery to create gorgeous instrumental music in the vein of múm and Yann Tiersen. Haiku Salut, a trio from the Derbyshire Dales who describe themselves as

Los Chinches: Fongo - review

(Movimientos) Latin pop revivalism from London, from a band led by guitarist Gareth Finnegan, who claims he first heard chicha music in a riverside bar when he was lost in the Peruvian Amazon. The style was first developed in the late 1960s, when local b

Samyo10: Live - Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Indian orchestra Samyo10 celebrates their 10th anniversary with this special concert, exploring its roots and contemporary repertoire. This is Indian music as you have never heard it before.

Zoom - Rachid Taha

Zoom is the new album Rachid Taha, the ninth of a solo career started in the 90s after leaving the group residence card. It is mainly a comeback that gives the leading Algerian singer. Recorded between Paris and the Real World Studios in England, with Jus

Angelique Kidjo and Fatoumata Diawara - review

Her style is often brash and she has made some forgettable records, but Angélique Kidjo deserves celebrity status thanks to her campaigning work and her ability to throw a memorable party.

Joe Lovano: Cross Culture - review

(Blue Note) You really have to put aside all expectation of finding familiar paths to follow when listening to Joe Lovano 's music nowadays. Like most of his recent work, these 11 pieces are open and discursive in form, with a kind of generic world musi

Rachid Taha: Zoom - review

(Wrasse) Life hasn't been easy for Rachid Taha since he recorded his sadly tame Bonjour album in 2009, but the king of rock'n'rai is back, with a distinguished cast to help him. The man who famously recorded an Arabic tribute to the Clash with Rock el Ca