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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

Djivan Gasparyan: I Will Not Be Sad In This World/Moon Shines At Night review haunting instrumentals

(All Saints)Djivan Gasparyan is one of the world's most distinctive, haunting instrumentalists. He's a master of the oboe-like duduk, made of apricot wood and traditionally played by shepherds in his native Armenia, with which he creates surely the most p

Tiken Jah Fakoly: Dernier Appel review fine songs, disappointing production

(Wrasse)Tiken Jah Fakoly is one of Africa's great singer-songwriters. He's massively popular in Mali, where he lives after moving from the Ivory Coast, and in France, and he has helped to revive the African reggae scene with his sturdy singing and angry

Mali All Stars: Bogolan Music review the best of Bamako's legendary studio

(Wrasse Records) There was a time when Malian musicians had to travel abroad to record, but Studio Bogolan changed that. Hidden away behind blue gates in Bamako, it has attracted all of the country's great stars, as well as foreign celebrities. This 28-

Twelfth Day: The Devil Makes Three review spooky, atmospheric folk

(Orange Feather) Catriona Price is a singer and fiddler from Orkney, and Esther Swift is a singer from the Scottish Borders who plays the pedal harp and clarsach celtic harp; the duo started working together after meeting at music college. As Twelfth Day

Noura Mint Seymali: Tzenni review gutsy desert blues from Mauritania

(Glitterbeat/Shellshock) Noura Mint Seymali is one of Mauritania's young celebrities, a griot from a celebrated musical family, who started out as a backing vocalist for her celebrated stepmother, Dimi Mint Abba , and has now developed an exuberant, fu

Show of Hands: Centenary Words & Music of the Great War review

(Mighty Village) Music and poetry can be a powerful combination. The Show of Hands singer-songwriter Steve Knightley and the actor Jim Carter have known each other since the 80s, and are now joined by Carter's wife, the actress Imelda Staunton, for an e

Show of Hands: Centenary Words & Music of the Great War review

Music and poetry can be a powerful combination. The Show of Hands singer-songwriter Steve Knightley and the actor Jim Carter have known each other since the 80s, and are now joined by Carter's wife, the actress Imelda Staunton, for an emotional concept se

Kasai Allstars: Beware the Fetish review hypnotic songs show wild side of Congolese music

Six years after their debut album, the Kinshasa-based collective are back with a double album of lengthy, hypnotic songs that provide a furious reminder of the wilder side of Congolese music.