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Review of 3NE


Niqolah Seeva


Rating: ★

Niqolah Seeva seeks to push established boundaries and challenge our preconceptions; his first album presents itself as the clarion call...

Reviewed by Bill Badley in issue: November/2020

Review of Windrush


Daniel Nestlerode

Clunk & Rattle

Rating: ★★★

As a Pennsylvania­born singer-songwriter and mandolinist married to a Frenchwoman and living in Cambridgeshire during the Brexit tussles, it’s perhaps...

Reviewed by Kevin Bourke in issue: November/2020

Review of African Rhythms 1970-1982

African Rhythms 1970-1982

Oneness of Juju


Rating: ★★★★

Oneness of Juju, led by James ‘Plunky’ Branch, were one of the first US bands to incorporate elements of African...

Reviewed by Garth Cartwright in issue: November/2020

Review of Cosmic Disco

Cosmic Disco



Rating: ★★★★

nemanja’s Cosmic Disco – from a world music perspective – isn’t what we’d expect from Croatia, specifically Istria, a historically...

Reviewed by Robert Rigney in issue: November/2020

Review of Janna Aana

Janna Aana


Dionysiac Records

Rating: ★★★

There have been enough qawwali- electronica fusions they could almost be their own sub-genre. The point of encounter seems to...

Reviewed by Jo Setters in issue: November/2020

Review of My Earth Songs

My Earth Songs

Lonnie Park and the Earth Band

Universal Music

Rating: ★★★

Nobody could question the worthiness of this project – the proceeds from which benefit UNICEF’s COVID-19 relief fund for children...

Reviewed by Nigel Williamson in issue: November/2020

Review of Hayvan Gibi

Hayvan Gibi

Baba Zula

Night Dreamer

Rating: ★★★

The intimacy of hearing – and seeing – Baba Zula Live has Lately surpassed the experience of Listening to some...

Reviewed by Robert Rigney in issue: November/2020

Review of Delhi to Damascus

Delhi to Damascus

Sandeep Das

Top of the World

In A Circle

Rating: ★★★★

This album is predicated on the idea that by changing just a few elements of a musical style or tradition...

Reviewed by Maria Lord in issue: November/2020

Review of Door to the Cosmos

Door to the Cosmos


On the Corner

Rating: ★★★★

When Sun Ra dared to knock on the door of the cosmos in 1979 whoever let him in didn’t close...

Reviewed by Simon Cross in issue: November/2020

Review of Breath & Hammer

Breath & Hammer

David Krakauer

Table Pounding Records

Rating: ★★★★

Clarinettist David Krakauer played with The Klezmatics before forging a distinctive solo career that pushes at the boundaries of many...

Reviewed by Simon Broughton in issue: November/2020

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