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Top of the World: Black Bazar – Round 2

Posted on January 10th, 2014 in Recent posts, Reviews by .


Words by Philip Sweeney, Photo by Caro Blache

662882-black-bazar-round-2-2Congolese legends reviving classic rumba

From the first notes this sounds like Nobel Prize material, if the committee ever decided that making people dance deserved global recognition. It’s immediately clear that we’re in for an hour of fairly unalloyed bliss. Round 2 is the follow-up to an album convened by Modogo Abarambwa and Sam Tshintu, with the aim of reviving the traditional acoustic roots of Congolese rumba.

There’s a big cast of great voices, guitarists and percussionists new and old, including the singer Ballou Canta and guitarist Popolipo Beniko. Beniko is probably the star of the album with his liquid, sparkling solo guitar constantly ready to lift an exciting passage into an ecstatic one. The wonderfully named crooners Wole Sentimenta and Pims Lomena (nice product placement, that drinks company) contribute an exquisite Anglo-Lingala duet ‘Sweet Home’, which even includes a fab zouk section, while Tabou Combo’s vocalist Yves ‘Fanfan’ Joseph adds an ode to Haiti adorned with premium quality kompas guitar by the maestro Beniko.

It takes more than just a bunch of great musicians to make a great album, and Black Bazar’s second album has the variety of material, richness of arrangement and excellence of production to do the job. Poor old Congo may be a political basket case, but there’s still no place on the planet that makes better dance music.

TRACK TO TRY: ‘Combo Congo’

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Katie Derham’s playlist and the 10 best new releases

Posted on December 6th, 2013 in Recent posts by .

The January/February 2014 (#97) issue includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the world’s finest new releases. The CD also includes five tracks selected by BBC Radio and TV presenter Katie Derham.


The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Congolese legends Black Bazar; banjo whizz Noam Pikelny; Brazilian music icon Siba and many more.

Pick up your copy here, at selected UK HMV stores, selected WHSmiths and all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these fresh new tracks:

* Black Bazar ‘Black Bazar Round 2 (radio edit)’ on Lusafrica
* Siba ‘Preparando o Salto (Prepare to Jump)’ on Mais Um Discos
* Ellika, Solo & Rafael ‘Sanka/Virrvals’ on Country & Eastern 
* Noam Pikelny ‘Cheyenne’ on Compass Records
* Eliades Ochoa ‘All Along the Watchtower’ on Buda Musique
* Arun Ghosh ‘Sufi Stomp (Soul of Sindh)’ on Camoci Records
* Alsarah ‘Salaam Nubia’ on The Nile Project
* Will Pound ‘Amazing Grace’ on Lulubug Records
* Mamar Kassey ‘La Famille’ on Innacor Records
* Ashwini Bhide Despande ‘Ustav Pancham se Gara’ on East Meets West Music

Plus Katie Durham’s playlist:

* Milton Nascimento ‘Louva-a-Deus’ on Warner Bros Records
* Seu Jorge ‘Carolina’ on Mr Bongo
* Joyce Moreno ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ on Far Our Recordings
* Bebel Gilberto ‘Bananeira’ on Ziriguiboom
* Amicklar & Chocolate ‘Som de Preto’ on Mr Bongo

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