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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Calypso Albums – The Essential 10

Calypso has its roots in canboulay music brought to the Caribbean by African slaves, but the style is constantly being revitalised and reinterpreted. Charles de Ledesma traces its history and chooses his top ten albums

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sufi music – the essential 10 albums

Sufi music occurs all across the Islamic world. Simon Broughton chooses the standout recordings, going for the more traditional and spiritual examples

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

African Queens – The Essential 10

The bright star rising from West Africa in the form of Noura Mint Seymali is just one of the continent’s long and impressive list of women singers. Nigel Williamson picks ten favourite albums

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Qawwali Albums – The Essential 10

Qawwali is a devotional music in Pakistan and popular around the world. Simon Broughton picks the best recordings of traditional qawwali, plus some interesting fusions

Monday, October 15, 2018

Zimbabwean Albums – The Essential 10

Mokoomba might be the latest bright young band from Zimbabwe, but before them there have been some truly legendary artists and releases. Nigel Williamson selects ten classic albums

Monday, October 15, 2018

Desi Hip-Hop Albums – The Essential 10

The urban arts scene is flourishing in India but it’s still underground enough that it can be hard to come across some of the music. Here, Amardeep Dhillon takes us through his list of essential Desi hip-hop listening

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Global Hip-Hop Albums – The Essential 10

Hip-hop has truly travelled the world; musicians can be heard spitting rhymes in just about every language. Charlotte Algar rounds up the top ten hip-hop albums that should be on every fan’s shelf

Thursday, October 11, 2018

African-American Protest Albums – The Essential 10

Over the past century, black American artists have sung out against injustice. Garth Cartwright chooses ten albums that express discontent, from the age of Jim Crow to the current Trump administration

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Irish Albums – The Essential 10

Traditional Irish music is in fine fettle with a constant stream of fresh new talent emerging from the Emerald Isle. Here Michael Quinn introduces ten of his top Irish albums

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