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Review of Kaladounia

Kaladounia

Kaito Winse

Rebel Up! Records

Rating: ★★★

In Brussels, Rebel Up! is a promoter, record label and DJ team, as well as being general champions of global...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Che Belew (March Forward)

Che Belew (March Forward)

Ayalew Mesfin

Now-Again Records

Rating: ★★★

Aficionados of Francis Falceto’s Éthiopiques series will recall Ayalew Mesfin from the extraordinary track ‘Hasabe’ on volume eight: Swinging Addis....

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Star Feminine Band

Star Feminine Band

Star Feminine Band

Top of the World

Born Bad Records

Rating: ★★★★★

Coming at you like an epic puppy stampede is the Star Feminine Band, a seven-strong group of Beninese girls whose...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Longoz

Longoz

Ann O’aro

Cobalt/Buda Musique

Rating: ★★★★

A brooding trombone blaring single, mournful tones; then, on top, a voice made of silk and smoke conjures an image...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever

GABO – Glasgow African Balafon Orchestra

Glasgow African Balafon Orchestra

Rating: ★★★

Chief Chebe – aka Suleman Chebe – has tirelessly promoted African culture in the UK over the years in a...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Ala Maintso – Green World: Songs from Madagascar

Ala Maintso – Green World: Songs from Madagascar

Modeste Hugues

ARC Music

Rating: ★★★

The instrument known as the marovany is a Malagasy zither – a hollow, wooden, rectangular-shaped box with 12 metal strings...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Barokan

Barokan

Djely Tapa

Label 440

Rating: ★★★

Singer Djely Tapa is the daughter of the great Malian diva Kandia Kouyaté, aka La Grande Vedette Malienne, arguably one...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of The Rough Guide to Urban Mali

The Rough Guide to Urban Mali

VARIOUS ARTISTS

World Music Network

Rating: ★★★

This is the music you hear all around the Malian capital, Bamako: in shops, in taxis, in trendy bars, in...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Akalaka/The Power

Akalaka/The Power

Victor Chukwu/Uncle Victor Chuks

BBE Music

Rating: ★★★★

This release marks the reissue of two LPs from the comparatively little-known Nigerian highlife musician Victor Chukwu. They originate from...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Eyes Rest Their Feet

Eyes Rest Their Feet

Thaba

Soundway Records

Rating: ★★★

This playful and alluring release from Thaba draws on a diverse array of influences: from the South African popular dance...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

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