World Music

Orlando Julius with the Heliocentrics: Jaiyede Afro CD review rousing new set

(Strut)Orlando Julius is one of the heroes of Nigerian music. A saxophonist, singer and songwriter, he began fusing African influences with American R&B and soul in the 60s, and was a major influence on Fela Kuti and Afrobeat. He's still in rousing form o

Los De Abajo: Mariachi Beat review distinctive fusions from Mexico

(Wrasse)The personnel keeps changing and the musical emphasis has currently shifted from ska to Mexican styles, but Los De Abajo are distinctive as ever, thanks to their energy, experimentation and ability to constantly and effortlessly change direction.

Oj Tak! - Chlopcy Kontra Basia

Poland's Chlopcy Kontra Basia spin original folk-tale lyrics and weave them with voice, double-bass and percussion. 'Oj Tak!' leads you along a cake-crumb trail to an irresistibly surreal world. The band's name (pronounced "Wh' opsee Kontra Basha") tra

The Rough Guide to the Music of Palestine - Various Artists

Palestine is a beautiful ancient land of faith where conflict appears to overshadow its creative voices. This unique Rough Guide explores the diverse and wonderful array of music that springs out of adversity and expresses the deep roots of Palestinian id

The Red Album review tight harmonies with added heartbreak from Red Molly

(Self-released)This female trio have cut a niche as sunnyside Americana, setting immaculate vocal harmonies to well-chosen cover versions with an upbeat sensibility. As the sassy cover shot suggests, they are a more assertive, shadowed presence here, with

The playlist Middle Eastern and North African: Orphaned Land, Abu Ashley, Baba Sissoko and more

Iranian death metal is one of the bill-toppers in our latest round up of the most exciting new music from the Middle East.

Klangkarussell: Netzwerk review mixed bag of wannabe summer hits

(Universal)Austrian electronic duo Klangkarussell are shooting for the big time. To get there, Tobias Rieser and Adrian Held wield a mixed bag of dance music styles, pulling from house, ambient electro and drum'n'bass. The result makes for a meandering an

Various artists: Rough Guide to the Music of Palestine review

The timing is not deliberate, but it is certainly apposite.

Nana Mouskouri: Live - Royal Albert Hall

Nana Mouskouri will return to the Hall as part of her extended Happy Birthday Tour, celebrating her birthday as well as the composers and writers who have inspired her.

Patrick Bruel: Live - Royal Albert Hall

Iconic French singer and actor Patrick Bruel will come to the Royal Albert Hall as part of his 2013-14 tour.