For all its ancient antecedents, Siwan is a very modern album and a joyous meditation for that.
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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.
Subtitled ‘18 Songs for Music Lovers’, Easy Come, Easy Go is a double album containing a wide choice of songs: from Brian Eno’s ‘How Many Worlds’ to Dolly Parton’s ‘Down from Dover’
An album loaded with the instrumentation - fiddle, steel guitar, banjo and mandolin - of American roots music.
Congo’s amazing disabled rhythm-maestros Staff Benda Bilili
Sissoko’s warm-toned vocals and fluid kora work, counterpointed by Stone’s banjo-picking make for a wonderfully expansive sound on Africa to Appalachia