Album Reviews

Adele Harley - Come Into My Life (Mafia & Fluxy)

"Until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes..." Bob Marley sang many years...


Luciano - Write My Name (Footprintz Music Group)

Until further notice Luciano doesn't seem to care about declining CD sales, as just a few months after the release of...


Lyricson - Messages (PJK Entertainment/Discograph)

Where yours truly is concerned Lyricson is the artist from the French scene with the most international appeal and...


Lily Dahab - Nómade (Peregrina Music)

Lily Dahab started her career in the music world as a singer in musical theatre; in her native Argentina she played...


Diaspora - A Jamaican In Cairo (Green Queen Music)

Diaspora (a reference to the fact slavery resulted in a worldwide spread of African culture) is a collaborative...


Gregor Huebner - El Violin Latino (Peregrina Music)

As the title suggests for 'El Violin Latino' violinist Gregor Huebner went in search of the violin's role in...


Alex Wilson, Madou Sidiki Diabaté & Ahmed Fofana - Mali Latino (Alex Wilson Records)

Just a few weeks after the release of 'Afrocubism' we're again presented with a project in which the musical...


Mark Wonder - True Stories Of Mark Wonder And Friends (Irievibrations Records)

It's kind of last-minute, but with 'True Stories Of Mark Wonder And Friends' the Irievibrations label still delivers...


Rod Anton - Angel EP (Gwo Pwod/Self-published)

Orléans (France) based Rod Anton presents his debut EP 'Angel'. Like Pura Vida, Anton also travelled to...


Dennis Brown - Reggae Anthology: The Crown Prince Of Reggae, Singles 1972 - 1985 (17 North Parade/VP Records)

Yet another Dennis Brown compilation? Not quite, because with 'Reggae Anthology: The Crown Prince Of Reggae, Singles...


Various Artists - You'll Never Know: 18 Caribou Ska Selection (Drum & Bass Records)

Yours truly learned the history of the Caribou label thanks to the 'Soundman Shots, The Caribou & Downbeat 78's...


Various Artists - The Sound Of Siam: Leftfield Luk-thung, Jazz & Molam In Thailand, 1964 - 1975 (Soundway Records)

The Soundway Records label continues to amaze; after Nigeria, Ghana and Colombia, they're now exploring the colorful...


Roger Robin - Justice (Joe Fraser/VP Records)

With 'Justice', sweet-voiced Bristol crooner Roger Robin adds a fine sequel to 'Take It Slow' from 2006. The fact...


Super 11 - Super Onze (Two Speakers Records)

Horst Timmers (MPS Pilot) is a busy bee as in addition to his activities with Future Takamba, he also produced...


Various Artists - Balkan Fever London: Mind The Brass (Green Queen Music)

We honestly had no clue it existed, but apparently London also has its own small Balkan scene and where on the...


Axel Krygier - Pesebre (Crammed Discs)

'Pesebre' is the first international release of Argentine boy wonder Axel Krygier. Krygier was one of the pioneers of...


Kel Assouf - Tin Hanane (Igloo Records)

Year after year the desert keeps extending its reach and now, even a piece of Brussels seems to be silting up! Don't...


Apple Gabriel - Teach Them Right (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder)

More than ten years after the release of 'Another Moses', a meanwhile beardless Apple Gabriel finally reappears on...


Various Artists - The Roots Of Chicha 1 & 2 (Crammed Discs/Barbès Records)

With the compilation series 'The Roots Of Chicha', Chicha Libre's Olivier Conan returns to the roots of this Peruvian...


Duane Stephenson - Black Gold (VP Records)

A smash like 'August Town' Duane Stephenson will not easily produce again, but with 'Black Gold' (a title that...


Ebo Taylor - Love And Death (Stut Records)

Guitarist/composer Ebo Taylor has been a key figure in the Ghanaian highlife and afrobeat scene for several...


Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar - Hayde! (Makasound)

Boban and Marko Markovic' new album is called 'Hayde!' ("finally!"), although new might be a slight overstatement as...


Afrocubism - Afrocubism (World Circuit)

With Afrocubism, the World Circuit label finally realizes Ry Cooder's dream project of bringing together Cuban and...


Smiley - Lively Road EP (Love & Unity Music)

On October 10, 2010, Curaçao and Saint Martin took a step towards independence and the Dutch Antilles were...


Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra - Feel The Riddim! (Megalith Records)

Yours truly got to know Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra with 'Return Of The Pannonians' and on its successor 'Feel...


Dubmatix - System Shakedown (Echo Beach)

'System Shakedown' sounds a lot like a heavy UK dub session and vocal guests like Brother Culture, Tippa Irie or...


Chupalibre - De Grote Kick (Self-published)

Chupalibre's 'De Grote Kick' ("the big kick") is not an easy one to categorize; is this still world music or rather...


Tuff Lion - Utterance... A Testament (Outpost Music Workshop) + Ten Strings (I Grade Records)

Tuff Lion may live in Hampton, Virginia, the guitarist/singer-songwriter is one of the most important musicians in...


Harry Mo - Back To Africa (Yellow Hill Music)

Even though Harry Mo is no born Virgin Islander (Mo hails from Dominica), he settled in Saint Croix a few...


Iba - Matsahyel (Outpost Music Workshop/Negus I Records)

Until further notice Midnite remains the most important exponent of so-called Virgin Island roots, but Iba is...


Tiken Jah Fakoly - African Revolution (Barclay/Universal)

'African Revolution' symbolizes Tiken Jah Fakoly's return to his African roots. Gone is the horn section, so...


Lëk Sèn - Burn (Makasound)

At the start of the new school year, in France called "la rentrée", the Makasound label introduces new African...


Figli Di Madre Ignota - Combat Disco Casbah (Universal)

On 'Combat Disco Casbah' Marco Pampaluna and his gang again serve their tasty mix of Balkan music, ska, circus...


Dub Incorporation - Hors Controle (Naïve/Diversité)

After their African trip for 'Afrikya', multicultural band Dub Incorporation returns to its roots with 'Hors...


São Paolo Ska Jazz - São Paolo Ska Jazz (Tratore/Radiola Records)

After Tokyo, New York, Rotterdam and Saint Petersburg, Brazilian São Paolo now also has its own ska-jazz...


Txilum - Cultura Accidental EP (Reggaeland Records)

The fact Barcelona is about more than musica mestiza is proven by Catalan band Txilum (a Catalan pun on chillum,...


Various Artists - Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3 (Greensleeves)

Greensleeves is already at the third volume of its Hi Grade Ganja Anthems series and since this is not a source that...


Hanggai - Juan Zou De Ren (World Connection)

Although officially a Chinese band, all the members of Hanggai hail from the Autonomous Region of Inner-Mongolia...


Klavan Gadjé - Brand (Self-published)

Just when we thought we'd heard everything there was to be heard where Balkan music was concerned, we got our hands...


Asmara All Stars - Eritrea's Got Soul (Out Here Records)

Ethiopian music has been growing in popularity in the past few years, but from Eritrea only deafening silence...


Deolinda - Dois Selos E Um Carimbo (World Connection)

'Dois Selos E Um Carimbo' (loosely translated: "two stamps and a postmark") is both formally (once again featuring...


The Uniques - Absolutely Rocksteady (Pressure Sounds)

After 'Watch This Sound' (Pressure Sounds 21) the Pressure Sounds label again brings tribute to the work of The...


Cop On Fire & Combat Wombat - Your Next Flatscreen Could Be Your Last… (Mass Productions/Kapotte Radio Records)

Cop On Fire was formed in 2004 in the Leuven squatters scene. Their lyrics are leftwing to say the least and...


Pablo Moses - Revolutionary Dream + A Song (Grounded Music/House Of Moses/Acoustic Music/Socadisc)

Pablo Moses is one of those Jamaican artists who in recent years have fought hard to gain back control of their...


Lobi Traore - Rainy Season Blues (Glitterhouse Records)

'Rainy Season Blues', the new album by Lobi Traore, has sadly also turned out to be his musical testament as the...


The Jolly Boys - Great Expectation (Geejam Recordings/Pias)

Before ska, rocksteady and reggae there was mento; simply put, Jamaica's answer to the calypso from Trinidad (where...


The Regulators - In A Dancing Mood, The Gully Bank Sessions (Self-published)

Although The Regulators have been going at it for about twenty years now, 'In A Dancing Mood' is only their second...


Midnite - Ark A Law & What Makes A King (Afrikan Roots Lab/Higher Bound)

Midnite's output, until further notice still the most important exponent of so-called Virgin Islands roots (see also...


Offshore - Offshore (Self-published)

Offshore from The Hague is the Dutch answer to American bands like Soldiers Of Jah Army and Rebelution and their...


Indifrica - Indifrica (Self-published)

'Indifrica' is the 7 track debut of Rotterdam based Guyanese singjay Indifrica. Indifrica teamed up with Robbie Roots...


I-Cient-Cy Mau & The Mau Mau Warriors - When Words Come To Life (Self-published)

Even though the name I-Cient-Cy Mau & The Mau Mau Warriors might not ring a bell with most European reggae lovers...


Rango - Bride Of The Zar (30IPS)

For most, yours truly included, 'Bride Of The Zar' by Egyptian band Rango, will be the first introduction to the...


Tito Puente - Salsa, Salsa, Salsa + Various Artists - Indigenous Matter (In The Woods Records/Wrasse Records)

In these harsh musical times we're only too happy when we can introduce a new label. With their first two releases In...


Afro Celt Sound System - Capture 1995 - 2010 (Real World Records)

Yours truly has been a fan of the universe of Afro Celt Sound System, an island within the world music genre where...


Gappy Ranks - Put The Stereo On (Greensleeves/Peckings)

Gappy Ranks' (you might know him from the smash 'Heaven In Her Eyes' on the Soul Rebel riddim) album debut 'Put The...


Tippa Irie & The Far East Band - Stick To My Roots (Lockdown Productions)

Tippa Irie, the originator of so-called "speed rapping" or "fast talking" and still one of the best DJs from the UK,...


Lee Perry - Sound System Scratch (Pressure Sounds)

Yes, this is yet another Lee Perry compilation, but it's one that deserves your attention. The tracks on 'Sound...


Cornadoor - Without Restrictions (Sound Quake)

In these desperate times for reggae music Germany's hope is set on Bielefelder Cornadoor (born Philip Knoop). Vocally...


Pura Vida - Struggle In The City (Kinky Star)

"Brilliant self-penned songs, great arrangements and a colorful palette of vocal and musical talent!", "One of the...


Bottle Of Moonshine - Never Trust The Suits EP (Moonshine Recording/Self-published)

The sandy soil of the Campine is becoming the ideal breeding ground for Belgian ska bands. In the past we already had...


Anthony John - Creation (Flyroots Productions)

Yours truly met Anthony John at the Lambeth Country Show, a small festival in South London's Brixton district, in...


Youssou N'Dour - Dakar/Kingston (Universal)

Yours truly is not a big fan of Youssou N'Dour. N'Dour may be the most well-known African star and commands...


Inna De Yard All Stars - Live In France (Makasound)

If yours truly wished for one live show to be recorded for posterity over the past year, it was that of the fantastic...


Gyptian - Hold You (VP Records)

After his previous releases yours truly wasn't really looking forward to a new Gyptian album and 'Hold You' (the...


Chukki Starr - Most Wanted (Greensleeves)

In the 1990s Chukki Starr was still described as one of the great English deejay promises, but barely a decade later...


Various Artists - The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia In 1970s Nigeria (Soundway Records)

When in 1967 cities like London and San Francisco were submerged in the Summer of Love, Nigeria was torn apart by...


Various Artists - Elektropik #1 (Naïve)

A long hot summer calls for a fitting compilation and 'Elektropik #1', compiled by the voice of French Radio Nova, DJ...


Salif Keita - La Différence (Universal)

With 'La Différence', the successor to 2002's 'Moffou' and 2005's 'M'Bemba', Salif Keita completes his...


Cheikh Lô - Jamm (World Circuit)

With 'Jamm' (Wolof for "peace") Senegalese troubadour Cheikh Lô releases his first album in five years....


La Caravanne Passe - Ahora In Da Futur (Makasound)

On their previous album French La Caravanne Passe proudly presented us their imaginary village Plèchti and for...


Maikal X - Genesis (Rock 'N Vibes)

Maikal X's name might not ring a bell yet, but you might know Michael Parkinson from his time with Postmen, when he...


Luciano - United States Of Africa (VP Records)

What immediately makes 'United States Of Africa' stand out is the fact there is not a single picture of the Messenger...


Various Artists - The Definitive Collection Of Federal Records, 1964 - 1982 (17 North Parade/VP Records)

After compilations on Junjo Lawes' Volcano label, Joe Gibbs and of course Randy's (the birthplace of VP Records on 17...


Various Artists - Evolution Of Dub Volume 3: The Descent Of Version, Volume 4: Natural Selection & Volume 5: The Missing Link (Greensleeves)

Last year we already served you the first two parts in Greensleeves' Evolution Of Dub series. Meanwhile the fifth box...


Gotan Project - Tango 3.0 (Ya Basta Records/Universal)

The title of this new album by neo-tango collective Gotan Project almost makes a review unnecessary. 'Tango 3.0'...


Richy Pitch - Ye Fre Mi Richie Pitch (BBE Music)

Richy Pitch debuted in the mid-1990s, deejaying at London hip-hop club Scratch. In 2006, he was given the chance...


Daniel Asher - Stand Tall! (Studio Skanky)

After Nazarenes and Roots Circus, once again, Swedish reggae is sounding from our speakers (the popular Uppsala...


Clinton Fearon - Mi Deh Yah (Makasound)

Clinton Fearon will forever and a day be linked to his period as bass player/vocalist with The Gladiators, but...


Capleton - I-Ternal Fire (VP Records)

Six long years, Clifton Bailey aka Capleton aka King Shango made us wait for a follow-up to his 2004 'Reign Of Fire'...


Samy Izy - Tsara Madagasikara (Network Medien)

'Tsara Madagasikara', the debut album of Malagasy formation Samy Izy houses a true wealth of musical information...


Badume's Band - Addis Kan (Innacor Records)

A group of Breton musicians throwing themselves on Ethiopian music from the nineteen sixties and seventies with a...



Soldiers Of Jah Army - Born In Babylon (DMV Records/Grooveattack)

'Born In Babylon' sounds more subdued than its predecessor, 2006's 'Get Wiser', and the addition of Puerto...


Jodian Pantry - Never Stay Away… The Journey Begins (Advocate Records)

Introducing: Jodian Pantry, a new female talent on the Jamaican music firmament. With her 5 track digital debut EP...


Romain Virgo - Romain Virgo (VP Records)

Although he is still a relatively new face in the Jamaican music scene, Romain Virgo probably doesn't need further...


Skatroniks Jamaica - Skalsa #1 (Skajam Records)

No idea what happened with Jazz Jamaica, but the bulk of the musicians in that band, now led by keyboardist Bigga...


Various Artists - Ayobaness: The Sound Of South African House (Out Here Records)

This year, the FIFA World Cup takes place in South Africa and with the compilation 'Ayobaness: The Sound Of South...


Maka Jah - Roots Rock Revelation EP (Artikal Music)

Backed by Artikal Krew, Antillian Maka Jah has been making a name for himself with our southern neighbors for...


Various Artists - Joe Gibbs 12" Reggae Discomix Showcase Volume 4 (17 North Parade/VP Records)

In part 4 of this series of 12" disco mixes from the archives of Joe Gibbs, you might think the best is already...


Beres Hammond - Just A Man (17 North Parade/VP Records)

'Just A Man' is a bit of a strange reissue; recorded for Joe Gibbs, this was the second album in Beres Hammond's...


Raul Paz - Havanization (Naïve)

When music critics mention Raul Paz, the description "pioneer of the new Cuban wave" (a group of young Cuban...


Various Artists - Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots In Colombia, 1975 - '91 (Soundway Records)

For the 'Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots In Colombia, 1975 - '91' compilation the Soundway...


Quique Neira - Jah Rock (GLM Music)

The name Quique Neira will perhaps not immediately ring a bell, but if we add that in the past Quique played with...


Tanya Stephens - Infallible (Tarantula Records)

Tanya Stephens may have called her new album 'Infallible' (and because she no longer believes in album...


Horace Andy - Serious Times (Minor7flat5)

It had been since the release of Cocoa Tea's 'Biological Warfare' in 2007 since we last heard anything from Andreas...


The Moon Invaders - Live At The AB Club (Grover Records)

Yours truly got to know The Moon Invaders a few years ago as backing band for artists like Pat Kelly, Rico Rodriguez...


Fra Fra Sound - Black Dutch & More (Self-published)

Surinam-Caribbean Netherlands-based septet Fra Fra Sound this year celebrates its 30 year anniversary. The ensemble...


Haytham Safia - No Complication (Me & My Records)

Haytham Safia is essentially a classically trained Palestinian oud player. For 'No Complication' he fuses classical...


Vinicius Cantuaria - Samba Carioca (Naïve)

Yours truly has never been fond of Brazilian party genres like samba or frevo, but we're always up for a dose of...


Hedzoleh Soundz - Hedzoleh + Sweet Talks - The Kusum Beat (Soundway Records)

Yours truly knows the Soundway Records label mostly from their excellent compilations filled with vintage African...


Jah Pearl & Bouddha Sticks - Motherland (Gibraltar Music Label/Full Assoc)

The cover of 'Motherland' is somewhat misleading, because it should read Jah Pearl & Bouddha Sticks instead...


Markscheider Kunst - Utopia (Eastblok Music)

The music of Markscheider Kunst, a nine man strong ensemble from Saint Petersburg, could be described as Russian...


Rootz Underground - Gravity (Soulbeats Records/Riverstone Records)

Time for some mea culpa! 'Movement', Rootz Underground's debut album had escaped yours truly's attention. Wrongly so...


Gentleman - Diversity (Bushhouse Music/Island/Universal)

Variety is the spice of life! This Flemish proverb should also have a German counterpart, because variation is what...


Ba Cissoko - Seno (Self-published)

For 'Seno' ("agriculture") Ba Cissoko returned to his roots and that both on a musical (the album mainly contains...


Bako Dagnon - Sidiba (Discograph)

Even though the name Bako Dagnon won't ring many bells in Europe yet, in her homeland Mali she belongs to the most...


Razia - Zebu Nation (Cumbancha)

After years of musical (jazz, r&b, French chanson and rock) as well as geographical wanderings...


Mariem Hassan - Shouka (Nubenegra)

It had been quite a while since we heard anything from Nubenegra (yours truly had already written off the small...


Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal - Chamber Music (No Format!/Naïve)

For 'Chamber Music' kora master Ballaké Sissoko joined forces with cellist Vincent Segal (half of duo...


Konono N°1 - Assume Crash Position (Crammed Discs)

L'Orchestre Folklorique Tout Puissant de Mingiedi commonly referred to as Konono N°1 is back with a new tour and...


Zema - Jubilee (Melchizedek Music)

In Europe Zema might still be relatively unknown, this singer and multi-instrumentalist from Detroit has already an...


Victor Démé - Deli (Chapa Blues/Naïve)

Victor Démé, the sympathetic Burkinabe troubadour, is back with a new album. 'Deli' was again recorded...


Baco Hiriz Band - Kinky Station (Hiriz Reggae/RFI)

Baco Hiriz Band is a Parisian band around Baco, a singer/guitarist from Mayotte (an overseas territory of France in...


Natty King - Born To Be Free (DHF Records/Grooveattack)

Natty King is back! Several years ago "the man from east" scored a monster hit with 'No Guns To Town' and the...


Sanchez - Now & Forever (VP Records)

Combining the sweetness of Sanchez with a producer like Donovan Germain (Penthouse Records) should create magic, no?...


Pablo Moses - The Rebirth (House Of Moses)

The success of a number of European tours and his collaboration with Groundation ('Upon The Bridge') inspired Pablo...


Chezidek - Judgement Time (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder)

Barely six months after the release of the Sly & Robbie produced 'I Grade', Chezidek already returns with...


Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Rise & Shine (Cumbancha)

Yours truly had heard many a positive thing about Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, a group of musicians who...


Prince Jammy - Strictly Dub (Pressure Sounds)

After Greensleeves ('Jammy's From The Roots 1977-1985'), the Pressure Sounds label in turn focusses on the early...


Tamikrest - Adagh + Dirtmusic - BKO (Glitterhouse Records)

The members of Tamikrest consider themselves to be spiritual sons of Tinariwen and like Tinariwen this new generation...


Curumin - JapanPopShow (Makasound)

Curumin (born Luciano Nakata Albuquerque) has quickly become one of the most important ambassadors of modern...


Balkan Beat Box - Blue Eyed Black Boy (Crammed Discs)

Balkan Beat Box emerged a few years ago as the project of Ori Kaplan (ex-Gogol Bordello) and Tamir Muskat, two...


Grupo Fantasma - El Existential (National Geographic Records)

This is already the third Grupo Fantasma album yours truly had the pleasure of listening to. 'El Existential' sounds...


Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Steps Ahead (Strut Records)

The success of 'New York + Addis + London, The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975', the compilation of his earlier work...


Various Artists - Jammy's From The Roots 1977-1985 (Greensleeves)

Is it there really a need for an umpteenth Jammy's compilation? Well, in this case, it might be justified by the fact...


Various Artists - The Lovers Rock Selection (S & G Records)

'The Lovers Rock Collection' unites some of the best releases of S & G Records, established in the early eighties...


Junior Kelly - Red Pond (VP Records)

Yours truly has always regarded Junior Kelly as a bit of an odd one out in the Jamaican music industry. The man seems...


Fredy Massamba - Ethnophony (Self-published)

Judging from 'Ethnophony', Fredy Massamba clearly attended Marie Daulne's Zap Academy (see also Manou Gallo, Sally...


Fool's Gold - Fool's Gold (I Am Sound Records/Wagram)

Fool's Gold started as a hobby project for vocalist/bassist Luke Top and guitarist Lewis Pesacov. For Fool's Gold...


Amparo Sanchez - Tucson/Habana (Via Lactea Records/Pias/Wrasse Records)

With Amparanoia, Amparo Sanchez always produced music that fitted the musica mestiza genre,. Amparanoia is history...


Dobet Gnahore - Djekpa La You (Contre Jour)

Dobet Gnahore belongs to a select group of artists, born to be on stage. If that kind of artist releases an album,...


Rebelution - Bright Side Of Life (Discograph/Soulbeats Records)

The latest reggae revelation from the States is called Rebelution. Eric Rachmany (vocals & guitar), Rory Carey...


The Gladiators - Continuation (Médiacom)

The Gladiators are no longer The Gladiators: front man Albert Griffiths has retired for health reasons and is now...


The Souljazz Orchestra - Rising Sun (Strut Records)

Yours truly got to know The Souljazz Orchestra as an infectious Canadian afrobeat band, but on 'Rising Sun' they let...


Various Artists - BalkanGrooves (Eastblok Music)

'BalkanGrooves' is a sort of Balkan Beats 2.0 and fans of Gypsy music know what that means. The music on this...


Naptali - Long Journey (Oneness Records)

As of now the German city of Munich is no longer only synonymous with football because it is also home to Oneness...


Don Carlos - Changes (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder)

Twelve years (!) after his last album release 'Seven Days A Week', Don Carlos finally returns with a new album....


Solo Banton - Walk Like Rasta (Reality Shock Records)

A reggae artist who calls himself after his favorite character from the Star Wars saga, it's different to say the...


Tommy T - The Prester John Sessions (Easy Star Records)

A true music fanatic is always on the lookout for that one album that literally gives him goose bumps. 'The Prester...


Various Artists - Harder Shade Of Black (Pressure Sounds)

With the reissue of 'Harder Shade Of Black' Pressure Sounds comes full circle, because this Leonard Chin produced...


Black Marshall - Another Day + To Di World (Self-published)

Black Marshall has been a fixture in the Belgian reggae circuit for a while now. After residing in Holland for some...


Kwame Bediako - Forward Ever (Wanafrika)

For Kwame Bediako, a Ghanaian residing in Chicago, 'Forward' is already his third self-published album. Kwame's voice...


Salim Jah Peter - Hold Up De Pouvoir (Believe)

Who said the revolutionary message of reggae is dead? In his home nation of Niger, Salim Jah Peter's 'Hold Up De...


Angelique Kidjo - ÕŸÖ (Razor & Tie/Naïve)

'Djin Djin', Angelique Kidjo's previous album, already dates back to 2007, but now there 'ÕŸÖ' for...


Müller & Makaroff - El Gaucho (Mañana/Naïve)

'El Gaucho' is a documentary by Andres Jarach; a road movie about the misadventures of Argentine cowboy Andres...


William Vivanco - El Mundo Esta Cambia'o (Naïve)

William Vivanco could well be Cuba's best kept secret. The young dread from Santiago began his musical career with...


Yapa - Pariwaga (Chapa Blues/Naïve)

Make no mistake, even though 'Pariwaga' may sound like the latest discovery from West Africa, in fact Yapa is a...


Various Artists - Next Stop... Soweto: Township Sounds From The Golden Era Of Mbaqanga (Strut Records)

With 'Next Stop... Soweto' the Strut Records label zooms in on the glory period of mbaqanga. Mbaqanga, also called...


Sizzla - Crucial Times (Greensleeves)

Is this new Sizzla album just another chapter in an unstoppable list of releases from the singjay? Not quite:...


Various Artists - Songs For Reggae Lovers 3 (Greensleeves)

With the latest volume in their Songs For Reggae Lovers series, for the third year in a row the Greensleeves label...


Che Sudaka - Tudo É Possible (Kasba Music)

With their new album, 'Tudo É Possible', the ragtag bunch known as Che Sudaka once again provides...


Toto La Momposina y Sus Tambores - La Bodega (Astar)

What Miriam Makeba was to South Africa and Celia Cruz to Cuba, a kind of mother figure of national music so to speak,...


Perfect Giddimani - French Connection (Irievibrations Records/Grooveattack/Tiger Records)

Perfect is not afraid to stick his neck out, because instead of delivering a good reggae album every so often, he...


The Congos - Back In The Black Ark (Médiacom)

A title like 'Back In The Black Ark' creates high expectations and a real return to Lee Perry's Black Ark studio was...


Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate - Ali And Toumani (World Circuit)

Even though Ali Farka Toure passed away several years ago, the World Circuit label doesn't seem ready to say goodbye...


LéOparleur - Faut Du Rêve (Self-published)

To call LéOparleur (pronounced "les haut-parleurs", "the loud speakers") a Rupa & The April Fishes clone...


YEW - White Swan On Black Water (Self-published)

World music doesn't always need a tropical sound. This is proven by YEW, a Belgian five-some from Liège...


State Radio - Let It Go (Nettwerk)

State Radio are Chadwick Stokes (guitar & vocals), Chuck Fay (bass & vocals) and Mike Najarian (drums &...


Ibrahim Maalouf - Diachronism (Discograph)

The Franco-Lebanese trumpet player Ibrahim Maalouf doesn't like labels, but the ingredients of his music are...