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Review of God Created Everything

God Created Everything

Linda Ayupuka

Mais Um

Rating: ★★★

There’s so much interesting music coming out of Ghana at the moment, from the explosive King Ayisoba and his disciples...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Gnawa Soul

Gnawa Soul

Moktar Gania & Gnawa Soul

Planet Essaouira/Universal MENA

Rating: ★★★★

The Gnawa, Morocco’s musical brotherhoods, were placed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2019. This is a...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Dancing Under the Moon

Dancing Under the Moon

The Master Musicians of Jajouka Led by Bachir Attar

Glitterbeat Records

Rating: ★★★★

Cosmic, gargantuan, ecstatic and best played very, very loud, the Master Musicians of Jajouka need little introduction. Since Beat writers...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Thumbs on the Outside

Thumbs on the Outside

Michael Baird | Michael Baird & Pino Basile

SWP Records

Rating: ★★★★

Born in Zambia and based in the Netherlands, percussionist Michael Baird is an intrepid curator of African field recordings and...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Funky Africa

Funky Africa

Almon Memela

We Are Busy Bodies

Rating: ★★★★

Compared to, say, Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim, Almon Memela is not a name much celebrated in the pantheon of...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Finish the Sun

Finish the Sun

Shane Cooper & MABUTA

Dox Records

Rating: ★★★★

Shane Cooper & MABUTA are often referred to as part of a new wave of South African jazz artists. But...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Boko a Ko

Boko a Ko

Saltpond City Band

Meet Me There Records

Rating: ★★★

Formed in 2015 by the Ghanaian veteran Ebo Taylor, whose 1970s catalogue has been extensively reissued over recent years, the...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Beja Power! Electric Soul & Brass from Sudan’s Red Sea Coast

Beja Power! Electric Soul & Brass from Sudan’s Red Sea Coast

Noori & His Dorpa Band

Top of the World

Ostinato Records

Rating: ★★★★

A unique instrument is always eye-catching, and Noori’s incredible self-made (literally) fusion of an electric guitar and a tambour (lyre)...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Antologia, Vol 1

Antologia, Vol 1

África Negra

Bongo Joe

Rating: ★★★★

When it comes to vintage dance music from the tiny Atlantic African islands of São Tomé and Príncipe, it would...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

Review of Don’t Give Up

Don’t Give Up

Jason Tamba

Playing for Change

Rating: ★★★

Born in Kinshasa, Jason Tamba, who began playing guitar at the age of seven on a homemade instrument, went on...

Reviewed in issue July/2022

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