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Review of Sunshine Day: The Boyhood Sessions

Sunshine Day: The Boyhood Sessions

Osibisa

Red Steel Music

Rating: ★★★

Richard Linklater spent 12 years making the 2014 movie Boyhood, a remarkable and sprawling investigation of the human condition refracted...

Reviewed by Nigel Williamson in issue: November/2020

Review of Zando Ya Makambo

Zando Ya Makambo

Richard Kasongo

Prosmart

Rating: ★★★

This is the latest in a series of releases from London studio Pro Smart under the direction of Congolese musician...

Reviewed by Martin Sinnock in issue: November/2020

Review of Maguidala

Maguidala

Pedro Lima

Bongo Joe

Rating: ★★★★

After the success of their compilation Léve Léve: Sao Tomé & Príncipe Sounds 70s-80s earlier in the year, Bongo Joe...

Reviewed by Jim Hickson in issue: November/2020

Review of Horizonte

Horizonte

Bandé-Gamboa

Heavenly Sweetness

Rating: ★★★★

This is an unusual and adventurous project in which two bands have been formed in order to re-imagine a mixture...

Reviewed by Martin Sinnock in issue: November/2020

Review of Afrik TounMé

Afrik TounMé

Sidi Touré

Top of the World

Thrill Jockey

Rating: ★★★★

These are difficult days in Mali, with political upheaval adding to the problems brought by COVID-19, but great music is...

Reviewed by Robin Denselow in issue: November/2020

Review of Touki

Touki

Modou Touré

ARC Music

Rating: ★★

Senegalese singer Modou Touré has big shoes to fill as the son of Ousmane Touré, lead singer of the legendary...

Reviewed by Jim Hickson in issue: November/2020

Review of Washabalal’ Umhlaba: Earth Song

Washabalal’ Umhlaba: Earth Song

Black Umfolosi

ARC Music

Rating: ★★★

Ladysmith Black Mambazo may have cornered the global market for male gospel singing from southern Africa, but we should not...

Reviewed by Nigel Williamson in issue: November/2020

Review of Liwoningo

Liwoningo

Selma Uamusse

Ao Sul Do Mundo

Rating: ★★★

Although this album taps into the traditional folklore and rhythms of Mozambique, it is fair to say that it is...

Reviewed by Martin Sinnock in issue: November/2020

Review of At the Studio

At the Studio

The Zonke Family

Top of the World

LoLalophon

Rating: ★★★★★

The Zonke family hail from Nyampanda, a small border town on the Zimbabwean side of the boundary with Mozambique. They...

Reviewed by Jim Hickson in issue: October/2020

Review of Lagos Pepper Soup

Lagos Pepper Soup

Michael Olatuja

Whirlwind Recordings

Rating: ★★★

Nigerian bassist and composer Michael Olatuja has spent most of his life in three cities: first Lagos, then London, and...

Reviewed by Martin Longley in issue: October/2020

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