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Review of Live in Paris

Live in Paris

The Master Musicians of Joujouka

Unlistenable Records

Rating: ★★★★

The collective of Sufi trance musicians led by Ahmed El Attar (one of two troupes spawning from the village of...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Moytou

Moytou

Batch Gueye

Batch Gueye

Rating: ★

UK-based Senegalese dancer-turned-singer Batch Gueye had a very promising first album, Ndiarigne, back in 2014, and has been a key...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of The Red Stoep

The Red Stoep

Nomfusi

Delicious Tunes

Rating: ★★★★

In South Africa, a stoep is a veranda of a house and any gathering on it creates an instant space...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Songs of Exile

Songs of Exile

Abdelli

ARC Music

Rating: ★★★

Albums by the Brussels-based Algerian singer and songwriter Abderrahmane Abdelli are as rare as an oasis in the desert –...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Shindu Shi

Shindu Shi

Fadhilee Itulya

Naxos World

Rating: ★★★

On his previous album, Kenyan musician Fadhilee Itulya celebrated the dance music of Western Kenya's Isukha and Idakho communities. His...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Tapes of Utopia

Tapes of Utopia

Onipa

Top of the World

Boomerang Records

Rating: ★★★★

This cassette (which is also available as a download, obviously) brims with infectious music, lyrics and a hard-wired utopian variety...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Cameroon Garage Funk

Cameroon Garage Funk

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Analog Africa

Rating: ★★★★

This is another fine compilation from Analog Africa, amassing 16 tracks recorded in Cameroon's capital Yaoundé during the 1970s. All...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of At Pioneer Works

At Pioneer Works

Les Filles de Illighadad

Sahel Sounds

Rating: ★★★

Unique among the thriving Touareg guitar band scene, three of the four members of Les Filles de Illighadad are women...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Resilience: Songs of Uganda

Resilience: Songs of Uganda

Rachel Magoola

ARC Music

Rating: ★★★★

A former member of Uganda's longest lasting and most celebrated group the Afrigo Band, Rachel Magoola has released her seventh...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Wolo So

Wolo So

Balimaya Project

Top of the World

Jazz re:freshed

Rating: ★★★★★

Five years in the making, this debut album by the Balimaya Project (balimaya meaning ‘Essence of Kinship’ in the Maninka...

Reviewed in issue October/2021

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