Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the October (#121) issue
Beyond Addis Vol 2 (Trikont)
This compilation proves that Addis is still swinging with the sounds of Ethio-jazz, soul and funk. Here US-based Tezeta Band offer up some funky organ lines and solid grooves.
The Young Man’s Harp (Sterns Music)
The late Vieux Kanté was an innovator of the kamalengoni – the six-string hunter’s harp – and this previously unreleased album offers an invaluable glimpse at a major talent of Malian music.
Jigdoll (RootBeat Records)
Fusing traditions of song and dance with her own original innovations, Hannah James’ first solo work presents a stunning showcase of layered voice, accordion and foot percussion.
Caribbean Roots (Strut)
Poet and spoken word performer Anthony Joseph spins stories that deal with issues of Caribbean history, race, identity and exile, all the while rediscovering his Trinidadian musical flair.
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin
Auprè du Poêle (Ten Strings And A Goat Skin)
The second album from the Prince Edward Island trio offers precise arrangements that take in the Celtic and Francophone elements of their home region.
This finely-wrought and promising debut from Shammi Pithia’s new quartet is a musically accomplished marriage of Indian and Western classical music, folk and electronica.
Day to Day (Ninja Tune)
Percussionist Sarathy Korwar dives into the music of the East African descended Siddi community of India, covering the middle ground between ethnographic recordings and Western jazz composition.
SUFI – Jan Ibro Khelil
Lament for Syria (Etnisk Musikklubb)
Having fled from his native Syria in 2010 for political asylum in Norway, Jan Ibro Khelil performs both traditional and contemporary Kurdish songs on this engaging and varied album.
Inspired by Change (Goitse)
The young Limerick quintet show off their tightly-knit virtuosity and enormous gusto for a mature album, which includes this delightfully tongue-in-cheek track.
Ustad Rahim Khushnawaz
Afghan Rubab with Songbirds (Felmay)
One of the great Afghan rubab players, the late Rahim Khushnawaz performed an intimate set of songs, with songbirds audible in the background.