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.
La Chiva Gantiva - Despegue (Flowfish Records)
For their third long player Belgian-Colombian band La Chiva Gantiva joined forces with producers Ivan Benavides (Toto La Momposina, Sidestepper) and Vincent Poujol.
Peace Development Crew - Better Days (Boomrush Productions)
Seven years German Peace Development Crew needed to come up with a successor to 2010's 'Inner Journey'.
Emeterians - The Magic Touch (Stingray Records/VPal)
The trio that is Emeterians must have enjoyed their adventure with the Peckings brothers, because for 'The Magic Touch' they decided to extend their stay in the British capital.
Amadou & Mariam - La Confusion (Warner/Because Music)
It had been five years since Malian superstar couple Amadou & Mariam last treated their fans to a new long player.
Saz'iso - At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me (Glitterbeat Records)
With 'At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me', Glitterbeat Records and producers Joe Boyd, Edit Pula and Andrea Goertler introduce the world to Albanian band Saz'iso.
Ayo - Ayo (Self-published/AllPoints)
When in our review of Nneka's 2015 album 'My Fairy Tale' we made the comment we weren't big fans of the "multitude of female singer-songwriters with an ethnic background", we were met with a lot of criticism; however with that comment we merely wanted to underline we couldn't quite grasp why artists mainly focusing on singer-songwriter pop are being promoted as world music acts simply because of the color of their skin.
Mad Professor meets Jah9 - In The Midst Of The Storm (VP Records)
With 'In The Midst Of The Storm', Mad Professor didn't just produce a dub version of Jah9's '9' album, it's also the first collaboration between the Ariwa-chief and the Jamaican singer.
Lee 'Scratch' Perry & Subatomic Sound System - Super Ape Returns To Conquer (Self-published)
Even though he's well in his eighties now, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, the enfant terrible of reggae and dub, isn't about to call it quits, so it should come as no surprise that his alter ego Super Ape, the reggae-answer to King Kong, is once more at the center of attention.
Jesse Royal - Lily Of Da Valley (Easy Star Records)
After a mixtape ('In Comes The Small Axe', 2013), a collaborative project with Walshy Fire ('Royally Speaking', 2014) and a whole bunch of singles, Jesse Royal's fans finally get what they'd been craving for: a full-fledged album! 'Lily Of da Valley', the title of his long player debut, refers to an old nineteenth-century church hymn Jesse was taught by his grandmother, often providing solace in the difficult times and reminding him of the fact Christ was human and not a deity.
Various Artists - Version Dread (Studio One)
This collection of essential dubs from the Studio One vaults had been out of print for more than a decade now.
The Hempolics - Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 1 (Shark Free Records)
British band The Hempolics have kept their fans longing after a long player for quite some time, but now they're finally presenting 'Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 1', the first part of what will eventually will become a set of three albums.