It’s a dance record galvanized for the groove; it’s a John Pirozzi film that takes a serious responsibility for the band’s material and details commitment to Cambodian heroes.
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‘It’s me. I’m alive.’ Yoko Ono, startling and challenging as ever.
An album with a range of references stretching from a lazy Delta blues to the yearnings of Urdu devotionals. By Najma Akhtar and Gary Lucas.
Guitars blast, synthesizers go mad and a group of gospel harmonizers strain for the heavens as sitar strings twang. By Cornershop
For all its ancient antecedents, Siwan is a very modern album and a joyous meditation for that.
CDs that didn’t quite make a full review, but are still worthy of a mention.
Starting where founding father of afrobeat Fela Kuti left off, this album features energetic tracks of sweaty inventiveness.
An album that is very much the sound of a modern-day freedom fighter.
An odd title, given the political geography of Israel/Palestine, this album projects a vision of multicultural music that seems to have little space for Palestinian musicians.
Accompanied by a wide range of sound for this latest outing – jazzy horns, strings and the kamele ngoni (harp) played by trusty sidekick Benego Diakite – Seya is an album that simply flows.
Listeners familiar with the harder sounds of Yothu Yindi are in for a surprise. The 12 songs on Gurrumul display an altogether softer side of their author.