Their debut album, Racines (Roots), came out over a decade ago and sold by the bucket load for its fresh mix of Congolese sounds and hip hop. Africa repeats the formula and boosts it with guests like Manu Dibango, Khaled, Sizzla, Mayra Andrade, Angelique Kidjo and Ismael Lo. Continue reading Bisso Na Bisso – Africa
WOMAD this year features: Afrocubism , Alpha Blondy, Baaba Maal, Bellowhead, Dub Colossu, Ebo Taylor, Gogol Bordell0, Penguin Café, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Susheela Raman and Taraf de Haidouks Continue reading WOMAD – Charlton Park 28-31 July 2011
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Congolese /Belgian rapper Baloji will make his debut at the Rich Mix on Monday 18 July with Fatoumata Diawara in support but in the meantime catch some of his music here. Continue reading Introducing Congolese / Belgian rapper Baloji
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A night of contrasts, propelled by the power of soukous
Forget the Buena Vista Social Club. If you want a heart warming tale of musical success despite extreme adversity then buy this CD and listen to the sound of these paraplegic street musicians from Kinshasa, Congo and their rhythm and blues, funk inflected rumba
The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band are one of the most well known unknown funk bands of the 70s as they seemed only second to James Brown as a source of samples and breaks for the hip-hop community; so well worth getting back to the roots so to speak.
You’d have thought from the ad in Thursday’s Metro, the Big Chill have gone all mainstream: The Big Chill 2006 on Channel 4, The Love Inn Valentine’s Ball at the Big Chill House and the plug for Mr. Scruff’s compilation on their own Big Chill Recordings label.
Musician Johnny Finn takes you behind the crumbling fascades of tourist Havana (La Habana), to reveal a city where the very streets themselves have rhythm (with or without slide guitar)
If you’re interested in the musical development of the popular music of this vast, troubled, yet joyously vibrant country during the golden years of the early pre- and post-independence era from the mid ’50s to the mid ’80s, you’ve been more than well-served these last eighteen months or so