Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, English folk trio Lady Maisery, Tunisian oud player Dhafer Youssef, a history of the West African balafon, cellist Vincent Segal, Katie Melua’s guest playlist and more
The December (#123) issue is on sale in the UK from today. This edition’s free Top of the World compilation CD includes tracks from the best new albums reviewed in the issue and an exclusive guest playlist from Georgian-British singer Katie Melua.
Featured on the Top of the World CD are tracks from Parisian collective Acid Arab, Sudanese-American singer Alsarah and her Nubatones and master Chinese guzheng player Mei Han.
Roberto Fonseca – The Cuban pianist celebrates his country’s rich musical history
Lady Maisery – The English folk trio sing about the cycle of life
Instruments Reimagined – Instruments designed as everyday objects
Dhafer Youssef – The Tunisian oud player inspired by Syria
Tools of the Trade – The history of the West African balafon
The Ukrainians – We raise a glass to the British collective who have championed Ukrainian music for the last 25 years
Katie Melua – “There’s no other singing like it. It takes me to another place and gives me the chills.” We speak to the Georgian-British singer and uncover her musical interests
Vincent Segal – The French cellist describes how his instrument is his sanctuary and refuge
PLUS! Reviews of the latest CD and world cinema releases.