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Review of Sultan

Sultan

Alune Wade & Harold López-Nussa | Alune Wade

Enja

Rating: ★★★★

Since beginning his career in Ismaël Lô’s band more than 20 years ago, the Dakar-born, Paris-based singer and bassist Alune...

Reviewed by Nigel Williamson in issue: June/2022

Review of Luuma

Luuma

Sahad & the Nataal Patchwork | Sahad

Sahad Music

Rating: ★★★★

Five years after his self-assured debut album (reviewed in July 2017, #129), Senegalese singer Sahad Sarr returns with a hybrid...

Reviewed by Daniel Brown in issue: June/2022

Review of Issiktane

Issiktane

Sidi Abdallah

Clermont Music

Rating: ★★★

Sidi Abdallah’s name may be new but devotees of Touareg guitar music will be more than familiar with his father,...

Reviewed by Nigel Williamson in issue: June/2022

Review of Sakidila

Sakidila

Pongo

Virgin Records

Rating: ★★★

Angolan-born, Lisbon-based singer and rapper Pongo already gained notoriety within the field of forward-thinking kuduro with her collaborations with Buraka...

Reviewed by Jim Hickson in issue: June/2022

Review of Breaking the Thermometer

Breaking the Thermometer

Leyla McCalla

Top of the World

ANTI-

Rating: ★★★★

The American-Haitian singer and multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla, who made her name with Carolina Chocolate Drops, won a Songlines Music Award...

Reviewed by Nigel Williamson in issue: June/2022

Review of Douz

Douz

Ti’Kaniki

Ti’Kaniki

Rating: ★★★

Ti’Kaniki is a group of eight young singers and percussionists from Lyon in France who share a love for maloya,...

Reviewed by Pierre Cuny in issue: June/2022

Review of Rwanda… You See Ghosts, I See Sky

Rwanda… You See Ghosts, I See Sky

The Good Ones

Six Degrees Records

Rating: ★★★

Originally performing as a quartet, the Rwandan group The Good Ones have reduced to a duo for their fourth album....

Reviewed by Martin Sinnock in issue: June/2022

Review of Lulu

Lulu

Good Morning Bedlam

Erika Records

Rating: ★★★

In 2021, Good Morning Bedlam ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund their third full-length album. Fans from around world pledged...

Reviewed by Doug Deloach in issue: June/2022

Review of Signo de Fuego

Signo de Fuego

Eliane Correa & La Evolución

Top of the World

Somos Más Records

Rating: ★★★★★

Eliane Correa is a fast-rising star. Probably the only woman to lead a large-format mixed gender Cuban timba-style band (there...

Reviewed by Jane Cornwell in issue: June/2022

Review of Alrededor de la Húmisha: La Música de los Conjuntos Típicos Amazónicos de Perú

Alrededor de la Húmisha: La Música de los Conjuntos Típicos Amazónicos de Perú

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Buh Records

Rating: ★★★

From the mid-1960s, musicians in Peru’s Amazon region began to record the hybrid folk styles that had evolved over five...

Reviewed by Chris Moss in issue: June/2022

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