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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

Afrobeat uprising: the musicians fighting against a tide of sugary pop

West Africa's biggest musical export may be Afropop, but there is a movement to revive big band music with a political spiritOnce upon a time, Lagos was the city where Afrobeat stars such as Fela Kuti and Fatai Rolling Dollar cast musical spells under...

Monica Mark in Lagos | The Guardian

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.

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

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...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

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