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Review of The Confluence

The Confluence

Dele Sosimi & The Estuary 21

Wah Wah 45s

Rating: ★★★★

If there’s anything negative to say about Fela Kuti’s music in particular and Afrobeat in general it’s that it don’t...

Reviewed in issue May/2024

Review of Hiddo Dhawr

Hiddo Dhawr

Sahra Halgan

Top of the World

Danaya Music

Rating: ★★★★

Sahra Halgan is a hero of Somaliland’s music. At home, in the unrecognised Somali state’s capital, Hargeisa, she runs the...

Reviewed in issue May/2024

Review of BLEU

BLEU

Ann O’aro

Buda Musique

Rating: ★★★★★

O’aro’s voice is breathtaking, heartbreaking. Gentle, but with great power behind it that occasionally erupts in a shocking flash… Her...

Reviewed in issue May/2024

Review of YIÊH

YIÊH

Pamela Badjogo

Raphia

Rating: ★★★★

Gabon-born singer Pamela Badjogo honed her chops as a backing vocalist for Grammy-winning powerhouse diva Angélique Kidjo, then went on...

Reviewed in issue May/2024

Review of Iboto Ngenge

Iboto Ngenge

Ngwaka Son Systéme

Top of the World

Eck Echo

Rating: ★★★★★

A fine balance of danceable music which pushes the boat out sonically and a sound firmly rooted in Congolese rumba...

Reviewed in issue May/2024

Review of Amghar: The Godfather of Tuareg Music – Vol One

Amghar: The Godfather of Tuareg Music – Vol One

Abdallah Oumbadougou

Petaluma

Rating: ★★★★

The style of Touareg guitar music known to the world as ‘desert blues’ and to the musicians themselves as assouf...

Reviewed in issue May/2024

Review of New Ancient Strings

New Ancient Strings

Toumani Diabaté & Ballaké Sissoko

Chrysalis

Rating: ★★★★★

Reissued to mark the 25th anniversary of its 1999 release on Joe Boyd’s Hannibal label, New Ancient Strings remains a...

Reviewed in issue May/2024

Review of Acoustic

Acoustic

Tiken Jah Fakoly

Chapter Two

Rating: ★★★★

Along with Alpha Blondy and the late Lucky Dube, Ivory Coast’s Tiken Jah Fakoly is part of a righteous trinity...

Reviewed in issue May/2024

Review of Live

Live

Mama Sissoko

Mieruba

Rating: ★★★

A veteran of Mali’s oldest dance orchestra Super Biton de Ségou, Mama Sissoko became the band’s guitarist in 1972. When...

Reviewed in issue April/2024

Review of Tanou

Tanou

Adama Yalomba

Remote Records

Rating: ★★★★

There are few more ancient instruments than Mali’s six-stringed, individually bowed n’dan, or ‘traveller’s harp’. Fewer still whose existence is...

Reviewed in issue April/2024

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