Modern British culture was shaped by three things – DJs, radio (especially pirate radio), and clubs. And record shops are the thread between all three. Sanjiv takes a break from his global tour of record shops for his upcoming book to sing their praises on their special day. Continue reading We Love Record Shop Day
Here’s some hot underground from London Town that’s been hiding in my bag and it’s just what you need to raise Latin spirits in the bleak mid-winter.
Continue reading Wara – Wara EP
Baaba Maal by Damian Rafferty
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
At least there’s one day a year when your local independent record store makes the news as Record Store Day returns with lots of special releases on vinyl to collect; and much more too!
Continue reading Record Store Day with Jonny Trunk & Gilles Peterson (16th April 2011)
According to World Circuit folklore, this was the album that got away. Apparently, what eventually became the iconic Buena Vista Social Club (BVSC) record was originally conceived as a Mali/Cuba collaboration.
Continue reading Afrocubism
Get this, Will ‘Quantic’ Holland brings dub and reggae flavours to his Afro-Latin American Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno project; who much better can it get?
Continue reading Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – Dog With A Rope
“The late, great Charlie Gillett had a passion for music”, Mark Coles, BBC World Service, June 2010.
Continue reading V/A – Sound of the World Presents: Anywhere On This Road
Does Peterson ever stop? Clearly not as he’s recently returned from Cuba recording a new album with Danay plus this new release on his own Brownswood Recordings label with a launch party in London and Roberto Fonseca live with the New Cuba Sound at the Barbican on the 6th July – phew!
Continue reading Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura: Remixed
Radio 1′s Gilles Peterson played a track this week from the fifth Os Ipanemas album on Far Out Recordings and although it’s a busy week, these new recordings from “the original Afro-Brazilian Kings” have rarely sounded better.
Continue reading The Ipanemas – Que Beleza
Once again Joe Davis at Far Out Recordings does it again, this time with a re-issue of a very highly sort after album that feature some of the best, if not greatest, Cuban musicians of all time! Irakere’s Cuba Libre is fantastic to say the least!
Continue reading Irakere – Cuba Libre
Its back! The Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds and Nigerian Blues of 1970-6 that is Nigeria Special; if you really love me, take me to your house and do me how you like (as Fubura Sekibo might say).
Continue reading V/A – Nigeria Special: Volume 2 – The Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds and Nigerian Blues of 1970-6
This project represents a significant undertaking for British DJ, producer and all-round global beats guru, Gilles Peterson.
Continue reading Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura – New Cuba Sound
Omar Puente is a regular on the pages of FLY, but From There To Here is actually his debut album and it couldn’t come soon enough; produced by a certain Fitzgerald Courtney Pine OBE no less.
Continue reading Omar Puente – From There To Here
Subtitled ‘Funky sounds from Cuba & Miami 1973-1988′ DJ John Armstrong’s compilation does exactly what it says on the tin
Continue reading V/A – Cuban Funk Experience
If you’ve read the latest edition of Jungle Drums you’ll have spotted we’ve review all the album they have apart from this one which they didn’t like too much; will the Cubanistas fare any better on the FLY sound system with Hectic?
Continue reading The Revolution – Revolution