Highly French Dub - Feed The Feedback EP (ArtBeat Records)
Highly French Dub is a young four piece band from the French capital.
Diron Animal - Alone (Soundway Records)
Diron Animal, the flamboyant front man (see also the cover photo of 'Alone') of Angolan-Portuguese band Throes + The Shine spicing kuduro with influences from rock and electronic music, now tries it solo with the aptly titled 'Alone'.
Rubi Dubman - Balance And Respect EP (Self-published)
Rubi Dubman is the alter ego of Ruben Silva, a Portuguese reggae artist from Figueira da Foz, with this 'Balance And Respect' EP presenting his debut effort.
Keishera - It's Me Keishera (Self-published)
Keishera James was born in Kingston, but grew up in Brooklyn, New York.
Bao Sissoko, Mola Sylla & Wouter Vandenabeele - Tamala (Muziekpublique)
'Tamala' ("travelers") brings the Senegalese musicians Mola Sylla (vocals, xalam, kalimba) and Bao Sissoko (kora) together with the Belgian violinist Wouter Vandenabeele.
Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo Vice Versa - Viajando Como Som (Far Out Recordings)
Brazilian multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Hermeto Pascoal was once described by Miles Davis as: ".
Orchestre Les Mangelepa - Last Band Standing (Strut Records)
The story of Orchestre Les Mangelepa begins in the Lubumbashi of nineteen sixties Congo, where this rumba-Orchestra was then still performing under the name L'Orchestre National Baba (referring to founder Baba Gaston).
Various Artists - Mista Savona presents Havana meets Kingston (Baco Records)
Music succeeds where politics failed (in the period 1972-1980 Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley and Cuban President Fidel Castro maintained very close relationships), that's how one could summarize 'Mista Savona presents Havana meets Kingston'.
R.B.H. Crew - Origines EP (Self-published)
Bass Trooperz - I'm Your Fader (ODG)
We're fast approaching the end of the year, the moment for Star Wars fanatics to start looking forward to another instalment of the space epic.
Royal Sounds - Burning Inspiration (Sugar Shack Records)
Just like New Kingston from New York, London based band Royal Sounds is also a family project consisting of brothers Ajani Mckenzie (bass/keys) and Gyasi Crosdale (guitar) and their cousin Hannibal (vocals), supplemented with Ras Sempah (vocals).
Soldiers Of Jah Army - Poetry In Motion (ATO Records)
Eight-piece band Soldiers Of Jah Army celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year and marks the occasion with a new long player.
Mighty Mo Rodgers & Baba Sissoko - Griot Blues (One Root Music)
You might not immediately associate Lithuania with a collaborative project between an American blues veteran and an African griot, but the inspiration behind 'Griot Blues' came from Lithuanian entrepreneur Jay Svarplys who introduced the two musicians to one another (the whole story is nicely summarized in title track 'Griot Blues').
Lulendo - Mwinda (Buda Musique/Universal)
Lulendo Mvulu was born in Maquela do Zombo (see 'Zombo City'), a small town in the far north of the Uige Province in Angola, but was raised in the country's capital, Luanda.
SistaSara - Creation (Advaita Oneness Dub)
SistaSara is the alter ego of Italian-Nigerian producer and vocalist Sara Fuga.
Macka B - Health Is Wealth (Greensleeves)
With 'Health Is Wealth', British-Jamaican reggae veteran Macka B finally presents the ideal soundtrack to the various 'Medical Mondays' and 'Wha Me Eat Wednesdays' clips he's been posting on his Facebook-page on a weekly basis for quite some time now.
Ken Boothe - Inna De Yard (Chapter Two Records)
Who thought the Inna The Yard revival would be limited to the earlier this year released 'Inna The Yard: The Soul Of Jamaica', was wrong, as with this long player by veteran Ken Boothe, Chapter Two Records now also presents a first new solo project in the series.
New Cool Collective - Electric Monkey Sessions 1 & 2 (DOX Records)
Occasionally the members of Dutch band New Cool Collective take to the Electric Monkey studio in Amsterdam.
Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra - Black Panther (Self-published)
In the past Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra already covered as song by Serbian gypsy icon Saban Bajramovic on multiple occasions, nicknamed Black Panther, and now dedicates this entire album to the man's legacy.
The Simpkin Project - Beam Of Light (Dub Rockers/VP Records)
The Simpkin Project is a band from Hunting Beach, California around keyboardist/producer Shawn Taylor and guitarist/vocalist Phil Simpkin.