Parno Graszt - Ez A Vilag Nekem Valo (Podium Productions)
Yet another Gypsy project? Yes, but one with just that little bit extra.
Orchestre National De Barbes - Alik (Wagram)
We've had to wait no less than nine years for a successor to 'Poulina' and with 'Alik' this band from Paris' 18th district seems to want to go down a different musical path.
Grupo Fantasma - Sonidos Gold (Me & My Records)
Just a few months after the release of their live album, Grupo Fantasma already hits us with a new studio effort.
Dobranotch - Gagarin Chochek (Orange World Records)
Polish Orange World Records introduces Dobranotch ("good night" in Russian), a quintet with members from Lebanon, Moldova and Russia, originally founded in Nantes, but now operating from St.
Discipulos De Otilia - En Blanco Y Negro (Pias)
In these parts Discipulos De Otilia are not a household name yet, but in the Spanish speaking part of the world this ten-man strong Catalan gang has been going strong for over 15 years, something they want to underline with this CD/DVD release.
Toumani Diabate - The Mande Variations (World Circuit)
'The Mande Variations' is kora virtuoso Toumani Diabate's first solo album in over twenty years.
Etran Finatawa - Desert Crossroads (Riverboat Records/World Music Network)
Etran Finatawa (translated: "the stars of tradition") is a collaborative project between musicians of the Woodabe on the one hand and Tuareg on the other; both nomad tribes from the immense desert border area between Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
Various Artists - BalkanBeats Volume 1, 2 & 3 (Eastblok Music)
The numerous reviews on this site prove the enormous hype that Gypsy music has become and we can hardly keep count of the compilations being released.
Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra - The Return Of The Pannonians (Megalith Records)
Just when you think you've heard it all, another unlikely combination hits you! Hungarian Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra (Pannonia being the name given by the Romans to the area we today know as Hungary) mixes authentic party ska with influences from Gypsy and folk music and jazz.
Pops Mohammed - Pops Mohammed presents Healing Sounds From Mother Africa (African Cream Music/Afrosoniq)
For 'Pops Mohammed presents Healing Sounds From Mother Africa', South African Pops Mohammed mixed traditional African instruments like the mbira, djembe and kora with samples of ethnic vocals and a lot of nature sounds, resulting in a truly relaxing ambient album that at times is reminiscent of Deep Forest's 'Ancient Lullaby' (remember the fantastic Pygmy voices).
La Kinky Beat - Karate Beat (Kasba Music)
The motley crew of La Kinky Beat is part of the Barcelonese musica mestiza scene bands like Macaco, Ojos De Brujo and Sergent Garcia are also a part of.
Sebastian Sturm - This Change Is Nice (Rootdown Records)
In his home country Germany the Indonesian singer from Aachen is the latest roots reggae revelation.
Victor Démé - Victor Démé (Chapa Blues/Makasound)
In his native Burkina Faso, Victor Démé has been playing music for over thirty years, released numerous cassette tapes and basically is a big star, but with this untitled album released on his own Chapa Blues label and distributed by Makasound, Démé is now taking a shot at an international career.
Zeker Weten - Zeker Weten (Anyway Music/Lowlands Distribution)
From the get-go yours truly was taken by the music of Zeker Weten (roughly translated: "absolutely sure"), a project set up by ex-Wawadadakwa guitarist Simon Pleysier and Frits Standaert, supplemented with a bunch of top musicians like Dennis Niccles (bass), Lieven Declerq (drums) and not forgetting sisters Leen and Mieke Diependaele (whose background vocals are a guarantee for goose bumps).
Lepistö & Lehti - Helsinki (Aito Records)
It's back to basics with these two Finns, because apart from an accordion (Markku Lepistö) and a double bass (Pekka Lehti) no other instruments were used for 'Helsinki'.
Various Artists - Spirits In The Material World: A Reggae Tribute To The Police (Shanachie)
From the very beginning, the sound of the recently reunited Police drew on reggae and Sting and his buddies undoubtedly added to the popularization and dissemination of the genre in the beginning of the 1980s.
Various Artists - Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 2 (Greensleeves)
With tired classics like 'Pass The Kutchie' (The Mighty Diamonds), 'Tired Fi Lick Weed Inna Bush' (Jacob Miller) or 'Herbman Hustling' (Sugar Minott), 'High Grade Ganja Anthems 2' is just that little more predictable than its predecessor.
Anthony Cruz - Fight With All Your Might (VP Records)
Anthony Cruz is back, but there's more, because 'Fight With All Your Might' also signals the return of the Penthouse sound.
Jamelody - Be Prepared (VP Records)
Yours truly was looking forward to this debut of promising Trinidadian (native of Trinidad & Tobago) artist Michael Williams aka Jamelody and it has to be said, 'Be Prepared' is far from a bad album.
Max Romeo - Best Of (Médiacom/Nocturne)
This 'Best Of' should rather have been entitled 'Max Romeo & Friends', because for each track Max is accompanied by a friendly colleague (a direct result of a copyright issue that left Max Romeo without the original recordings to his own songs).