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World Music

Ganesh Kumaresh with Trio AAB - Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Two special collaborations come to Alchemy as Indian violin duo Ganesh Kumaresh, known for their Carnatic music, join forces with Trio AAB following a critically-acclaimed collaboration at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in 2011. 2011 also saw Trio

Martin Simpson & Arieb Azhar - Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

Arieb Azhar, a singer and guitarist from Pakistan, is immersed in the traditional music of his own country which, combined with his deep understanding of Balkan and gypsy music, gives him a style that is uniquely his. Martin Simpson is one of the fines

Banda Estrellas de Sinaloa v Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar - review

Barbican, London The opening was inspired. Lights flashed on and off, Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Two Tribes played, and La Linea festival director Andy Wood came on stage like a boxing promoter, asking, "Are we ready to rumble?" The idea of a battle

Owiny Sigoma Band: Power Punch - review

(Brownswood) Their debut was one of the best fusion experiments of recent years, with its clash of traditional Kenyan styles and contemporary British electronica, and here's a second set to prove how well the collaboration works. This time round, the ny

Joyce Moreno: Tudo - review

(Far Out) She is currently recording under her married name, but is better known simply as Joyce, and is surely the finest contemporary female singer-songwriter in Brazil. In the past, her recordings have not always matched the power of her intimate, bra

Susheela Raman - review

She was playing in a bigger hall, and accompanied by more distinguished musicians, so could Susheela Raman repeat her extraordinary appearance at last year's Alchemy festival? At the Queen Elizabeth Hall in April 2012, she gave surely the most exhilara

Power Punch - Owiny Sigoma Band

In 2009, a handful of London-based musicians travelled to Nairobi in Kenya to collaborate with local musicians there. The project was set up by Hetty Hughes and her friend Aaron Abraham, co-founders of a voluntary organisation called Art of Protest establ

Bombino: Niger's Tuareg guitar hero

His raw, rock'n'roll take on traditional Tuareg music has won him a global audience (and a hip American producer). Andy Morgan meets Bombino in the desert dunes of south Niger A small white car, branded with the words "Groupe Bambino" and a crudely drawn

Owiny Sigoma Band: Power Punch - review

(Brownswood) The Euro-African import-export trade continues in full swing. This London-Nairobi troupe were spawned in Kenya when five young Brits met Joseph Nyamungu, a master of the eight-stringed African lyre. Their debut brought deft techno touches to

Album review: Rokia Traore, Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch)

The daughter of a Malian diplomat, Rokia Traore is perhaps the most naturally cross-cultural of her country's abundant musical offspring, effortlessly blending styles and sounds as easily as she switches between languages.