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The Urban Voodoo Machine review furiously energetic and versatile

The Urban Voodoo Machine are an 11-piece London band who come on like a raucous answer to New Yorks Hazmat Modine.

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

Lándini review Aurelio makes an elegant return to his Garifuna roots

His role as cultural ambassador for Honduras's coastal Garifuna people led Aurelio Martinez to Senegal for 2011's superb fusion album, Laru Beya.

Neil Spencer | The Guardian

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...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

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...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

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.

John Doran | The Guardian

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,...

Neil Spencer | The Guardian

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...

The Guardian | Tshepo Mokoena

Musicport Awarded Grant From Arts Council England

Musicport has been awarded a grant of £41,000 from the Arts Council England to help over the next year to develop its infrastructure and support its programme of activities including its international festival in October.

Having recently won...

Artswrap | Emma Clarendon

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...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian