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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...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

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...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

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...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

Cumbia All Stars: Tigres En Fuga – review

A perfect recreation of Swinging Lima, all high intricate guitar solos and rolling congas and timbales.

David Honigmann | The FT

Kasai Allstars Beware The Fetish

More buzz and rumble from Kinshasa’s urban jungle.

David Hutcheon | Mojo

Kasai Allstars: Beware The Fetish – review

The collision of beats falls into effortless trances, which starts with high soukous guitars before bottles and drums lock together.

David Honigmann | The FT

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.

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

Tigres en Fuga review the Cumbia All Stars remain a mesmeric force

The Andean pop of Colombia and Peru shares the shuffling, infectious rhythms of cumbia, but where the former uses accordion and big bands, the latter favours the twang of surf-rock guitars

Neil Spencer | The Guardian

Dub Colossus: Dub Colossus: Addis To Omega (2014)

If you're a sucker for BIG horn sections, or something like the sounds of UB40 and Groove Armada, still have a 'lickle ting' for Bob Marley and Finley Quaye records and your Pops obsession with Two-Tone (as do we all surely), then you're probably going...

All About Jazz | Fiona Ord- Shrimpton

Various Artists: Rolê: New Sounds Of Brazil – review

The first disc is rocky, the second laden with dance beats; both are delirious.

David Honigmann | The FT