Promise No Promises - No Can Do (MacLes Music Factory Productions/ZiggyBlacks Productions)
Yours truly, got to know Promise No Promises back in 2013 thanks to 'Surely', a version over the Puff Puff riddim, a production by New Sound Records and Belgian producer Marc Leys (MacLes Music Factory Productions), and now comes the Antigua based Guyanese (real name Kobla Mentor) finally also presents his first solo effort!
Salim Jah Peter - Nature (Khanti Records/Pias)
For the first time in nearly a decade, Nigerien singer Salim Jah Peter, who can rightfully call himself one of Africa's reggae veterans, presents a new album with 'Nature'.
Ruff Selectors - Roots In My Soul (Self-published)
Ruff Selectors is a project around American-Nigerian Michael Oyo aka Teacher Mike, who for 'Roots In My Soul' collaborated with Ivorian singer and producer Jungle King.
Kwamevi - Faithful EP (Roots Musician Records)
For 'Faithful', Edem Agbottah aka Kwamevi, an American of Ghanaian descent from Dallas, joined forces with Roots Musician Records producer E.N. Young.
Mosiah - Chant Tafari EP (Ragatac Music)
Trinidadian reggae artist Mosiah (born Akeil Martin) first received international attention with 'Reggae Sweet', released earlier this year and a tribute to reggae greats like Gregory Isaacs, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Dennis Brown, but also to the power of the genre itself.
Gonzo - Round The Clock EP (Roots Musician Records)
For this successor to 2014's 'Red', an album that we described as being: "...a very solid album and among the best reggae albums we've heard this year.", Ryan Gonzales aka Gonzo joined forces with Hawaiian band Inna Vision.
Leila Gobi - 2017 (Clermont Music)
Leila Gobi is a singer from the provincial town of Menaka near Gao in the east of Mali, a region mostly populated by Songhai and Tuareg, so it should come as no surprise that in her songs Leila constantly alternates between Songhai and Tamasheq.
Zazou/Bikaye/CY1 - Noir Et Blanc (Crammed Discs)
Some albums are years ahead of their time, and that's certainly true for 'Noir Et Blanc' by one time project Zazou/Bikaye/CY1.
Qotob Trio - Entity (Choux De Bruxelles)
If you prefer your (world) music slightly more intimate, more experimental and less mainstream, then please give Qotob Trio's 'Entity' a try.
2000F - Mennesker I & II EP (Raske Plader)
If you like your dub dark and cold like the Scandinavian winters, then definitely check out these two EP's by Danish producer 2000F (2000F is the post code of Frederiksberg, a suburb of Copenhagen, and the birthplace of Frederick Börket-Smith).
Various Artists - Andina, The Sound Of The Peruvian Andes: Huayno, Carnival & Cumbia 1968 To 1978 (Tiger's Milk Records/Strut Records)
Peruvian chef, restaurant owner and music producer Martin Morales returns with a disc filled with delicious melodies from the Peruvian Andes.
Train To Roots - Declaration N.6 (INRI/VPal)
The title of this new Train To Roots long player says it all, as 'Declaration N.6' is the sixth album by the Sardinian reggae band.
Sunny After Moon - The Mental Mess (Self-published)
Sunny After Moon is an up-and-coming band from Louvain mixing reggae, ska, gypsy music (see 'Balkan Booby'), funk and even a hint of disco ('Discorientation') into a festive and danceable blend.
Namvula - Quiet Revolutions (Self-published)
Yours truly, got to know Scottish-Zambian singer-songwriter Namvula Muntemba-Rennie in 2014 thanks to her long player debut 'Shiwezwa', an album we described as a mix of singer-songwriter pop, folk, jazz and African influences, and the same recipe is also repeated on successor 'Quiet Revolutions'.
Atamina - Sycophantic Friends + Various Artists - This Is Kologo Power! (Makkum Records)
Thanks to King Ayisoba's '1000 Can't Die', Glitterbeat Records introduced the world to the Ghanaian kologo power sound. However, Ayisoba proves far from the only protagonist in what has become a whole musical movement with the kologo, a two-stringed lute made from a gourd, as its focal point.
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'.
Zap Pow - Zap Pow Again (VPal)
With 'Zap Pow Again', the legendary Jamaican band proudly announces its resurrection.
Sibongile Mbambo - Bring Back Ubuntu (Self-published)
Sibongile Mbambo is a South African singer-songwriter, who relocated to the French city of Marseille over a decade ago.
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.