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Review of Super Somali Sounds from the Gulf of Tadjoura

Super Somali Sounds from the Gulf of Tadjoura

4 Mars

Ostinato Records

Rating: ★★★★

As part of their ongoing relationship with Radiodiffusion-Télévision de Djibouti, Ostinato Records launch the initial instalment of their new Djibouti...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Edo Funk Explosion Vol 1

Edo Funk Explosion Vol 1

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Analog Africa

Rating: ★★★★

Much of the music emanating from Nigeria during the 1970s and 80s was an imitation of European and American disco....

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Djourou

Djourou

Ballaké Sissoko

Top of the World

Nø Førmat!

Rating: ★★★★

For this, his 11th album, the Paris-based kora maestro Ballaké Sissoko collaborated with a clutch of genre-diverse French and African...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Umculo Umuthi

Umculo Umuthi

Sun Xa Experiment

Digging Thoughts

Rating: ★★★

With lead singer Buyisiwe Njoko armed with shakers, whistles and the proclamatory vuvuzela, and an album title translating as ‘Music...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Ambuya!

Ambuya!

Stella Chiweshe

Piranha Records

Rating: ★★★

Piranha Records have delved into their archives, looked in the ‘1987’ box and recovered the record that started it all...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Anoura

Anoura

Anansy Cissé

Riverboat Records

Rating: ★★★

In 2018 the Malian guitarist Anansy Cissé and his band were travelling to a festival in his hometown of Diré...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of IRUN

IRUN

Nuri

Top of the World

Shouka

Rating: ★★★★

Tunis-based producer and drummer Nuri has been making a name for himself on the experimental electronic circuit for some time...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Benin Vol 4: Yehouessi Leopold Batteur

Benin Vol 4: Yehouessi Leopold Batteur

TP Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou

Acid Jazz

Rating: ★★★

When Dahomey gained its independence from its French colonial masters in 1960 and became Benin, a surge of artistic creativity...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Lézard Vert

Lézard Vert

Zoun

Babani Records

Rating: ★★

Do you ever get the feeling that you've put on the wrong album? Lézard Vert is considered a foundational album...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Do You Hear Me?

Do You Hear Me?

Batch Gueye

Batch Gueye

Rating: ★★★

Like Cheikh Lô, Senegal's Batch Gueye is a member of the Baye Fall, the dreadlocked Sufi brotherhood founded by Amadou...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

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