Album Reviews

Luciano - Jah Is My Navigator (VP Records)

The Messenger was quiet for a while but returns with 'Jah Is My Navigator'. Recorded under the direction of bosom...


Neco Novellas - New Dawn/Ku Khata (World Connection)

Neco Novellas, born Anselmo João Johanhane, is a descendant from a musical family from Mozambique. His...


Various Artists - Umalali, The Garifuna Women's Project + Aurelio Martinez - Garifuna Soul (Cumbancha/Stonetree Records)

After the sudden demise of Andy Palacio, figurehead of Belizean Garifuna music, 'Umalali, The Garifuna Women's...


United Flavour - Unity (Self-published)

Salsa-muffin from Prague! To us the name of this this six-piece collective from the Czech Republic might not mean...


Taraf de Haïdouks - Maškaradă (Crammed Discs)

More than five years after their last studio release, the worldwide acclaimed 'Band Of Gypsies', the Romanian gang of...


Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara - Soul Science (Independent Records Ltd)

Blues guitarist meets African virtuoso... Where have we heard that before? Indeed, this new project of...


Chucho Valdez - Tumi Sessions + Pilar De La Hoz - Jazz Con Sabor Peruano (Tumi Music)

The Cuban piano virtuoso and living music legend Chucho Valdez has already been working for the Tumi label since...


Telek - Amette (Wantok Music/Singing Frog)

Pop from Papua New Guinea... What on earth to expect here? For once what you see is what you get: Western-style pop...


Haydamaky - Kobzar (Eastblok Music)

Not an easy one this 'Kobzar' by Haydamaky (the band was named after the Haydamaky-revolution, a popular peasant...


Hugo Westerdahl - Western Sahara, Remixing Saharauis (Nubenegra)

Artists like Tinariwen, Toumast and Mariem Hassan prove that the Western Sahara is hotter than ever! The ideal...


Grupo Fantasma - Comes Alive (Me & My Records)

Grupo Fantasma is just about the best Latin band yours truly had the pleasure of discovering the past few years and...


Luis Delgado - As-Sirr (Nubenegra)

On 'As-Sirr' ("the secret") Arabo-Andalusian culture aficionado and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, lute, ud, saz,...


Various Artists - Long Way Down: Music From The TV Series (Real World Records)

If the title of this album means nothing to you, you have missed one of the best road movies/travel documentaries in...


Joe Higgs - Life Of Contradiction (Pressure Sounds)

Most reggae fans will probably know Joe Higgs as being the mentor of the late Bob Marley, but his music is far less...


Junior Murvin - Muggers In The Street (Greensleeves)

Even though Junior Murvin has several albums to his name, until now CD-lovers had to content themselves with one, the...


Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar - Go Marko Go! (Piranha)

Balkan/Gypsy music is above all about setting a certain mood and Serbian trumpet player Boban Markovic belongs to the...


Mahmoud Fadl - For Oriental Dancers (Piranha)

This could well be the ideal belly dance soundtrack, with rousing darbukas (vase drum used in the Balkans, the Middle...


Sevara - Sen (Real World Records)

Where Azeri Sevda sounds soulful and jazzy, Uzbek Sevara experiments with an ethereal ambient/dance sound. Just as...


Toumast - Ishumar (Real World Records)

Toumast arose from the collaboration of Tuareg musician Moussa Ag Keyna, singer Aminatou Goumar and French producer...


Kasba - ZigZag (LC Music)

Notwithstanding Belgium has an important Islamic community, where raï music is concerned we tend to focus on...