Category Archives: World Music Reviews

Afro-Celt Sound System – The Source

There are few bands whose names are as appropriate as Afro Celt Sound System. It feels a bit tacky to do so, but you could describe them crudely as ‘Riverdance on safari’, so well do they blend the Celtic and … Continue reading

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Saffron – Dawning (Palmetto Records)

Gorgeously sensual, this lush world- jazz is so global that it connects 13th century Persian poetry with the Rolling Stones 4 Stars 7 Tracks / 70 Minutes Often a release reinforces the feeling that corporate music is ridiculously over-valued and … Continue reading

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Tinariwen: Imidiwan:Companions (World Village)

Desert bluesmen follow up a global success with quantity as well as quality 4 Stars Time: CD  14 Tracks / 60 minutes Time: DVD 30 minutes It was never going to be easy following the sensational Aman Iman, the desert … Continue reading

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Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal: Chamber Music (Six Degrees)

These interweaving strings are as warm and relaxed as late evenings in Mali… 4.5 Stars Time: 10 Tracks / 55 minutes As a partnership principally between two solo strings players, this may fall into the love-it-or-hate-it category. With only one … Continue reading

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo: And Friends (Razor and Tie)

Probably the best way we will ever hear this unique outfit. Shabalala Doobedoo. 4.5 Stars 30 tracks / 133 Minutes Along with Manfred Mann, Hugh Masekela and Dave Matthews, Ladysmith Black Mambazo (LBM) must be South Africa’s leading cultural exporters. … Continue reading

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