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World Music

The Creole Choir of Cuba - Santiman

Sophisticated singing that could make this choir one of the best known in the world.

Sahara Soul - review

Barbican, London The war in Mali is being waged on two very different fronts. In the north, the military operations continue, with French-led troops retaking the ancient city of Gao from Islamist rebels. Meanwhile, a cultural offensive is taking place, i

Monoswezi: The Village - review

(Riverboat) Though at opposite ends of the earth, Norway and Mozambique fuse fascinatingly in this outfit assembled by Norwegian reeds player Hallvard Godal after time spent down south. Their approach is minimalist, with the looping lines of mbira (thu

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Jama Ko - review

(Out Here) Defiant, angry new music from Mali , by the world's greatest exponent of the ngoni, the ancient West African lute. There are four different ngonis in Bassekou Kouyate's band, and two of them are now played by his sons Moustafa and Mamadou, wh