Amparo Sanchez - Espiritu Del Sol (World Village/Harmonia Mundi)
With 'Espiritu Del Sol' Amparo Sanchez continues on the path she already embarked on with 'Tucson/Habana' and successor 'Alma De Cantaora'.
Mehmet Polat Trio - Next Spring (Homerecords.be)
For 'Next Spring' Turkish oud player Mehmet Polat joined forces with ney player Sinan Arat and Malian kora master Zoumana Diarra, together forming the Mehmet Polat Trio.
Yaniss Odua - Moment Idéal Tour (Caan Dun Music)
Immediately after the release of his 'Moment Idéal' album in 2013, joined by Artikal Band, Yaniss Odua embarked on a promotional tour.
Luciano - Zion Awake (JamStyle Records/VPal)
For 'Zion Awake' Luciano rekindled his relationship with Homer Harris, the man who gave him his stage name and more or less put The Messenger on the musical path he's still walking to this day.
BélO - Natif Natal (BélO Music/Self-published)
For BélO, a Haitian singer-songwriter, 'Natif Natal' is already his fourth long player.
Midnite - Ride Tru (I Grade Records)
Yours truly was highly impressed by 'Beauty For Ashes', the collaborative effort between Midnite and I Grade Records which/that appeared earlier this year, so we were definitely looking forward to 'Ride Tru' for which Vaughn Benjamin & co joined forces with Tippy Alfred once again.
Rubera Roots - Militancia Rastafari (ZiggyBlacks Productions)
We don't often get served a portion of Portuguese roots reggae and so we were a little curious about this long player debut from Rubera Roots, a band from Amadora near Lisbon (the band's name is a reference to the subsistence lifestyle of the farmers in Cape Verde, analogous with the Rastafarians in Jamaica).
Stevie Face - My Time (Bootcamp Records/VPal)
Even though yours truly is a great amateur of the lovers rock genre, we weren't as yet familiar with the work of Anwar Owen Hanchard aka Stevie Face, a singer from Yallahs in Saint Thomas, who's mainly built up a fan base in the United Kingdom.
Tanya Stephens - Guilty (Sanctum Entertainment/VPal)
With 'Guilty' Tanya Stephens seems to have found her mojo again.
Various Artists - Don One: The Sound Of Brooklyn (Don One Records/VPal)
Something that keeps fascinating yours truly in the reggae genre is the fact that one can still discover new things even after many years.
Sly & Robbie - Dubrising (Tabou1)
Tabou1 producer Guillaume Bougard states to be thrilled with 'Dubrising', the new dub masterpiece by riddim tandem Sly & Robbie.
Junior Culture - Heights Of Great Man (Goldcup Records)
During a European tour in 2010 and 2011 Jamaican singjay Junior Culture (born Jermaine Vassel in Jones Town, Kingston) met Italian producer Marco Evangelisto of Goldcup Records and that meeting eventually resulted in this album.
Lolomis - Balkan Pulse (Playa Sound)
Lolomis is a quartet from the French city of Strasbourg giving its own twist to traditional music ranging from Eastern-European Roma-songs ('Radio Romano', 'Tutti Frutti', 'Niška Banja'.
Teta - Blue Tsapiky (Buda Musique/Socadisc)
Claude Teta is a singer-songwriter from Ampanihy, a small town on the road between Toliara and Fort Dauphin in the southern part of Madagascar.
Joyce Moreno - Raiz (Far Out Recordings)
Joyce Moreno is a Brazilian singer-songwriter firmly rooted in the jazz genre described by Antonio Carlos Jobim as: "One of the greatest singers alive!" and hailed by Giles Peterson as being: "One of the crown jewels of Brazilian music.
Tiwony - Roots Rebel (7 Seals Records)
With a track list counting no less than 17 songs, like on his 2011 album 'Cité Soleil', Tiwony didn't seem too picky when choosing the tracks for 'Roots Rebel', which certainly doesn't mean the track list of the album is filled with stinkers.
Dede Kay - Dede Kay EP (Self-published)
Nigerian singer Dede Kay has been part of the Belgian reggae scene and now finally also presents this self-titled EP.
Cali P - Healing Of The Nation EP (Hemp Higher Productions)
After the release of his debut album 'Lyrical Fyah' in 2008 we lost sight of Swiss- Guadeloupean singjay Cali P.
Karyna Gomes - Mindjer (Get! Records)
Karyna Gomes is a young singer from Guinea-Bissau who took her first steps in music as a member of the Brazilian gospel band Rejoicing Mas Choir and Guinean band Super Mama Djombo (legendary band from Guinea-Bissau led by Adriano 'Atchutchi' Ferreira; the name refers to a spirit that many Guinean fighters called on for support during the war of independence against Portugal).
Tapper Zukie - Tapper Roots (Kingston Sounds)
As their last release for 2014, the Kingston Sounds label opted for a reissue of 'Tapper Roots', the second and last album Tapper Zukie recorded for Richard Branson's Virgin Records label in 1978 ('Peace In The Ghetto', Tapper's first album for Virgin was already rereleased by Kingston Sounds earlier this year).