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Review of Wutiko


Élage Diouf

InTempo Musique

Rating: ★★★★

Heard on our recent Global Sounds From Québec CD (November 2021, #172), this is Élage’s third album since he moved...

Reviewed in issue March/2022

Review of BAMANAN


Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee

Top of the World

Real World Records

Rating: ★★★★

On the surface of it, Irish-born, US-based stadium rock producer Jacknife Lee seems an improbable choice to helm the debut...

Reviewed in issue March/2022

Review of Griot Jazz

Griot Jazz

Baba Sissoko

Caligola Records

Rating: ★★★★

Those lucky enough to be backstage for rehearsals of the African opera Le Vol du Boli, taking place at a...

Reviewed in issue March/2022

Review of #Mr Lakaaye

#Mr Lakaaye

Lekan Babalola

Oyeku Meji Records

Rating: ★★★

Lekan Babalola has an impressive track record as a musician (percussionist and composer/arranger) and filmmaker. One of Nigeria’s outstanding jazz...

Reviewed in issue March/2022

Review of Unite


Ogún Afrobeat

Ogún Afrobeat

Rating: ★★★★

Some folks follow in the footsteps of Fela, others follow Femi… This ten-piece Afrobeat band from Spain seem to opt...

Reviewed in issue March/2022

Review of Sound Therapy

Sound Therapy

Manjul meets FX & YVO

Baco Records

Rating: ★★★★

French multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer Julien Souletie has been working under the name Manjul from his own Humble Ark Studio...

Reviewed in issue March/2022

Review of Vinyl Box Set #5

Vinyl Box Set #5

Fela Kuti

Partisan Records

Rating: ★★★★★

Fela Kuti’s vast and sprawling catalogue has been repackaged and repurposed, anthologised and annotated countless times since his death in...

Reviewed in issue March/2022

Review of Aboogi



Top of the World

City Slang

Rating: ★★★★★

All aboard the Touareg camel train once again for Imarhan’s third album Aboogi – and a serene, timeless trip across...

Reviewed in issue March/2022

Review of Mayam


Nuru Kane


Rating: ★★★

Nuru Kane deserves to be one of Africa’s crossover heroes, thanks to his ability to effortlessly switch between different styles....

Reviewed in issue January/February/2022

Review of Soweto


Robson Banda and the New Black Eagles

Nyami Nyami Records

Rating: ★★★★

Robson Banda started his career as a member of Thomas Mapfumo’s first group Acid Band. In Zimbabwe the chimurenga music...

Reviewed in issue January/February/2022


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