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World Music

Fazendo As Pazes Com O Swing - Orquestra Imperial

Rio's samba super-group Orquestra Imperial make their eagerly awaited return with a new album on Mais Um Discos - 'Fazendo as pazes com o swing (Making peace with the swing)' - a majestic offering of gafieira samba shot through with a psychedelic twist of

CD: Imed Alibi - Safar

Cinematic Arab vistas with a rock sensibility.

Safar - Imed Alibi

Imed Alibi make world music. Modern world music. A world of rhythms, beats, melody, ideas, transformation, technology and passion. In a world where everything is fluid, they transcend all notions of time, space and musical genre. In short, they're the sou

Orquestra Imperial: Fazendo As Pazes Com O Swing review - Old-school samba with surprises

(Mais Um Discos) It has taken Orquestra Imperial seven years to release their second album, despite the popularity of their live shows, but they are back at last, with the same easygoing, gently quirky approach. This Brazilian big band was started as

Imed Alibi: Safar review - Like the soundtrack to an Arab spring film

(IRL) Contemporary, but distinctively North African, this exuberant, confident set sounds like the soundtrack for a film about the early hopes of the Arab spring . Imed Alibi is a Tunisian percussionist who has worked with everyone from rock band Bo

The Journey So Far - Loreena McKennit

Having sold 14 million records worldwide, Loreena McKennit now celebrates the 30th anniversary of her career. This album features a selection of fan's favourite songs including 'Bonny Portmore' and 'Down by the Sally Gardens'.

Idan Raichel: Live - Koko

In 2003, an unusual song began airing on Israeli’s popular radio stations. “Bo’ee” became an instant crossover hit, that catapulted The Idan Raichel Project to the top of Israel pop charts. Soon, it'd become known around the world for its ambitiou

La Chiva Gantiva: Vivo

Songs wittily deconstruct South American stereotypes by combining folkloric Colombian elements with rock, rap and funk.

Vivo - La Chiva Gantiva

With three Colombian musicians at its core, on it's the second album the Brussels-based band La Chiva Gantiva blend Afro-Colombian rhythms, rock, afrobeat and funk into the band's trademark sound. It's familiar to audiences around the world who have witne

Gipsy Kings, Royal Albert Hall - music review

Whatever you think of their music, they really are Gypsies, from the south of France, and they really are Kings, from the Reyes family, with sylvan-haired lead singer Nicolas Reyes.