Bomba Estereo by Eric Van Nieuwland
WOMEX 11 is taking place from Wednesday, 26 to Sunday, 30 October in Copenhagen,
Denmark. If you are involved in the music business, there’s a raft of stuff during the day but for all music fans, you can turn up in the evening for a range of exciting concerts each night. Continue reading WOMEX 11
The acclaimed father of Ethio-jazz who has fans as varied as Damian Alban, K’Naan, Nas and Damian Marley releases his first solo album in over 20 years and it’s a belter.
Continue reading Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Steps Ahead
“Hey!, that’s not a new album!” I hear you shout but this album has been effectively “out of print” since 2002 and it is certainly great to have it back.
Continue reading V/A – Afro Rock Volume One
Any album that assembles an array of contributors as wide as Mahmoud Ahmed and Bahta Gebre Hiwot of Ethiopiques fame, Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara, and European musicians like beats-smith Dubulah (a.k.a Nick Page) is likely to struggle to find a cohesive voice. Not so for PUNT Made in Ethiopia, the first release on Harper Diabate.
Continue reading Invisible System – PUNT Made in Ethiopia
If you thought it strange that Charlie Gillett was back in love with Afro beat, Wired Desire have given me the hots for some good ol’ guitar based Rock’n'Roll!
Continue reading Wired Desire – Barely Illegal
Now-Again have done the impossible, they’ve hit on a combination that can challenge their own Heliocentrics and Mulatu Astatke as they put the Sun Ra and James Brown in the Sahara
Continue reading Karl Hector & The Malcouns – Sahara Swing
Another top-notch addition to specialist Balkan music label Asphalt Tango’s widely acclaimed series of classic Romanian music.
Continue reading Gabi Lunca – Sounds From a Bygone Age – Vol. 5
As kids say today (endlessly), Oh My God! Rarely is this truly deserved of 10 inches of plastic but in the case of this re-issue on Kindred Spirits, OMG needs to be in capitals
Continue reading Jef Gilson Avec Lloyd Miller & Hal Singer – ‘Free Spirits’
The new project called Shape Of Broad Minds has had all the right buzz about it. Leftfield, psychedelic, experimental hip hop so it was about time we got into it
Continue reading Shape Of Broad Minds – Craft Of The Lost Art
There’s a real buzz about this collection of classic Ethiopian tracks from the early ’70s — Elvis Costello has even been persuaded to supply the puff for the front cover — and the fuss is fully justified for what must surely be a contender for compilation of the year
Continue reading V/A – The Very Best of Ethiopiques
The name on everybody’s lips at Womad last summer was Ethiopian roots legend Mahmoud Ahmed. Katharina Lobeck catches up with the king of Abyssinian soul
Continue reading Mahmoud Ahmed – Addis Swinger
It is hard to overstate just how good the series of recording released as Ethiopiques is. Listening to them is a shock, but a good shock!
Continue reading Ethiopiques