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World Music

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

The Arch - Eva Quartet & Hector Zazou

The Arch is one of the most outstanding recordings and biggest projects in the history of World Music, featuring more than 50 musicians from 14 different countries. The swansong of the French musical magician Hector Zazou is a collaboration with the excep

Eva Quartet & Hector Zazou: The Arch - review

Finally released five years after his death, this is the epic swansong from Hector Zazou, the controversial French musician and producer who delighted in mixing global styles with western influences and his own electronics. More than 50 musicians are invo

Angelique Kidjo & Fatoumata Diawara: Live - Royal Festival Hall

Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo returns to Southbank Centre by popular demand after her sell-out gig in 2012. Angelique Kidjo is one of West Africa's most celebrated artists. Acclaimed by Time magazine as 'Africa's premi

Grigory Leps: Live - Royal Albert Hall

Leading Russian singer/songwriter Grigory Leps performs at the Royal Albert Hall for one night only, marking his UK debut.

Goran Bregovic: Champagne for Gypsies - review

(Wrasse) Intended as a downbeat companion to 2009's Alkohol , this latest from the Sarajevo composer proves scarcely less fiery, with lashings of Balkan brass and breakneck tempos on pieces like Boogie Unca Woogie and Quantum Utopia. The album is al