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Robin Denselow

In Flanders Fields review a powerful commemoration of the first world war

It will be hard for other centenary events to match this original blend of readings and music

Chopcy Kontra Basia: Oj Tak! review experimental folk-jazz from Poland

(World Music Network)Based in the ancient and fashionably arty city of Krakow, this intriguing new Polish band match tradition with experiment. Chopcy Kontra Basia translates as "Boys Against Basia", and apparently reflects the musical tensions that come

Christophe Chassol: Indiamore review Indian-influenced jazz-funk workout

(Tricatel)Much admired by Gilles Peterson, who included him in an event he programmed for this year's Meltdown, Christophe Chassol is a French pianist who has the ability to both impress and frustrate. For his latest project he travelled to India, where h

Vena Portae: Vena Portae fine pop-folk from Emily Barker and co

(Humble Soul)Since moving to the UK from Australia, versatile singer-songwriter Emily Barker has written atmospheric themes for Wallander and The Shadow Line, and pioneered a thoughtful, melodic style that eases between Americana and pop-edged alt-folk. F

Various artists: Rough Guide to the Music of Palestine review

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

Coope, Boyes & Simpson: In Flanders Fields review excellent collection of first world war songs

The centenary of the outbreak of the first world war has already been marked by two outstanding albums.

Moussu T e lei Jovents: Operette review good-time Marseilles band do music-hall

(Le Chant Du Monde)The finest good-time acoustic band in Marseilles go back to their roots. Moussu T and his friends started out influenced by Jamaican reggae, but then decided to reflect all the musical styles that washed into their port city, from blue

Womad 2014 review exceptional: classic energy and ebullience

From Sinéad O'Connor and Salif Keita, the Gloaming and 9Bach, to emotional reunions, supergroups and furry stovepipe hats: this was a vintage Womad.

Nancy Kerr: Sweet Visitor review pleasantly classy folk solo debut

(Little Dish Records)This first solo album from Nancy Kerr has taken a long time coming. She recorded with Eliza Carthy back in the early 90s and then released a series of albums with the Australian bouzouki player James Fagan, who reappears here as part

Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako review one of Africa's great bands

(Sterns)Released to coincide with their historic reunion shows, this is an exquisite double-album reminder of the early days of one of Africa's greatest bands. Les Ambassadeurs were assembled in the early 1970s by a senior member of the Mali's military ju