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Kassé Mady Diabaté: Kiriké review Malian master goes back to his musical roots

(No Format!)Kassé Mady Diabaté is one of the finest singers in...

Yasmin Levy: Tango review Israeli singer takes on classic tangos to triumphant effect

Yasmin Levy has always specialised in drama and passion, at times...

Five new albums to try this week: The 2 Bears, Kindness and more

Stream five new albums from alt-rockers Ex Hex, thrash act Exodus...

Various Artists: Real World 25 review a fitting tribute to a game-changing label

Happy birthday to Real World, launched 25 years ago by Peter...

Goat: Psychedelia is music that is free

If Slipknot dug Sun Ra they’d sound like this: meet the masked...

Goat: Commune review back into the psychedelic groove

Goat’s first album, 2012’s World Music, fused African music,...

Fofoulah: Fofoulah review a bravely adventurous new fusion band

(Glitterbeat)Dave Smith is a remarkable young drummer, as those...

The Urban Voodoo Machine review furiously energetic and versatile

The Urban Voodoo Machine are an 11-piece London band who come on...

Lándini review Aurelio makes an elegant return to his Garifuna roots

His role as cultural ambassador for Honduras's coastal Garifuna...

Orlando Julius with the Heliocentrics: Jaiyede Afro CD review rousing new set

(Strut)Orlando Julius is one of the heroes of Nigerian music. A...

Los De Abajo: Mariachi Beat review distinctive fusions from Mexico

(Wrasse)The personnel keeps changing and the musical emphasis has...

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...

Various artists: Rough Guide to the Music of Palestine review

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

The Red Album review tight harmonies with added heartbreak from Red Molly

(Self-released)This female trio have cut a niche as sunnyside...

Klangkarussell: Netzwerk review mixed bag of wannabe summer hits

(Universal)Austrian electronic duo Klangkarussell are shooting for...

Musicport Awarded Grant From Arts Council England

Musicport has been awarded a grant of £41,000 from the Arts...

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 ...

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

West Africa's biggest musical export may be Afropop, but there is...

Womad 2014 review exceptional: classic energy and ebullience

From Sinéad O'Connor and Salif Keita, the Gloaming and 9Bach, to...

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

(Sterns)Released to coincide with their historic reunion shows,...

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

(Wrasse)Tiken Jah Fakoly is one of Africa's great singer-...

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

(Wrasse Records) There was a time when Malian musicians had to...

Cumbia All Stars: Tigres En Fuga – review

A perfect recreation of Swinging Lima, all high intricate guitar...

Kasai Allstars Beware The Fetish

More buzz and rumble from Kinshasa’s urban jungle.

Kasai Allstars: Beware The Fetish – review

The collision of beats falls into effortless trances, which starts...

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

Six years after their debut album, the Kinshasa-based collective...

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

The Andean pop of Colombia and Peru shares the shuffling,...

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

If you're a sucker for BIG horn sections, or something like the...

Various Artists: Rolê: New Sounds Of Brazil – review

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