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World Music

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

Ducie: Mancunia - review

(Ducie/Proper) Ducie are a Manchester quartet with a folk-influenced style that shifts constantly between jigs, reels and airs to blues and influences from Cuba, west Africa, India and Spain. This is a new band, but the players all have impressive musica

C'est la Vie - Khaled

C'est la vie is a 2012 studio album by Algerian singer Khaled and a follow up to his career. It marks his first majour collaboration with producer RedOne. It was released on AZ record label and reached number 18 on SNEP, the official French Albums Chart.

Khaled: C'est la Vie - review

(Blue Wrasse) The most popular performer in the Arab world looks for a new, younger audience and takes a step backwards. Khaled deserves his crown as king of rai, thanks to his bestselling recordings from the 1990s, in which he matched Algerian dance sty

Bomba Estereo - Elegancia Tropical

Having earned plaudits for its excavations of hitherto-unknown global funk relics since 2002, Soundway Records have latterly expanded their horizons to encompass current world-groove flavours. Their release of the new album from Colombian Cumbia-modernis

Salif Keita: Tale - review

(Universal/Proper) Salif Keita may have the finest, most soulful male voice in Africa, but one can never be sure how he is going to use it. He has always specialised in surprises, from his early days in Mali's Rail Band and his experimental, keyboard-bac