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Imed Alibi, new album Safar out now plus WOMAD date


imed_alibi.jpgImed Alibi makes world music. Modern world music. A world of rhythms, beats, melody, ideas, transformation, technology and passion. In a world where everything is fluid, they transcend all notions of time, space and musical genre. The brainchild of percussion virtuoso, Imed Alibi, former member of The Boukakes, who’s played with everyone from Mamdouh Bahri to Watcha Clan, his is a music built on the percussive foundations of Berber and Sufi rhythms, a violin surfing an orchestral wave, digital beats lapping at its feet, a heavyweight bassline grounding its race to the shore. Read more »

WOMAD 2104 Sinead O'Connor plus full line up and booking details


sinead_oconnor.jpg Press Release: Womad Charlton Park announces that Sinead O'Connor will be closing this year's festival. Just when you thought that no more remarkable names could be squeezed onto this year’s cracking line up at of WOMAD Charlton Park 2014, another one comes along, the compulsive and uncompromising performer, Sinéad O’Connor who will close the Open Air Stage on Sunday night. It is billed to be a very special performance for Sinéad, along with all her hit songs, will debut her new latest album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss' out 11 August 2014 and the first single to be taken from the album 'Take Me To Church' Read more »

Fracking in the UK - "Poisoning the aquafers" is that too loaded a term?


We love music from all around the world, we love the people who make it and the people who listen to it. We love the world and want to make sure it is looked after for our children and our children's children. Fracking possibly poses the biggest risk to our planet, our water systems and our well being.

Fracking in the UK - is poisoning the water too strong a term by Gondwanasound on Mixcloud

It is with keen interest that we listened to an article on BBC Radio Four's The World at One on the day that the British Geological Survey published the results of its study into the location of aquafers in relation to the underground layers of shale rock containing the methane gas. Read more »

Les Mains Noir - Sofrito Mix on MixCloud

sofrito_les_mains_noir.jpg Its a big world out here on the web and when you come across something special it not only needs favouriting and bookmarking, it also needs a bit of shouting about. The Sofrito crew have done it again and turned in a mighty north Brazilian mix, Les Mains Noir which you can play to your hearts content via Mixcloud. I just want to turn this up loud, puts some beers in the fridge and get my friends round. Whilst the world cup is on, do yourself a favour, forget all the wafty Bossa Novas and discover a different rhythm of Brazil

WOMEX 2104 Announce first showcase acts selected from 850 applicants


12_760x120_womex_header_edited_0.jpgPress Release : After receiving approximately 850 showcase proposals from all over the world, the WOMEX organisers are happy to announce the first round of jury-selected official showcase artists for WOMEX 14! This first eclectic mix represents ten acts from nine countries. Read more »

Analog Africa's - Siria - CD now released.


artworks-000068707734-rs7bb0-t500x500_0.jpgPress Release: After manufacturing issues, the latest cd Siria, from label Analog Africa, is now available to buy. 'Siriá' is a collection of material from 1975 - 1982 by Brazilian artist Mestre Cupijó. Siriá is a cross pollination between the music of the inhabitants of the quilombos, a Brazilian hinterland settlement founded by escaped African slaves, and the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. Mestre Cupijó created the modernised version of this local music, which has been igniting street parties and traditional festivals across the state of Pará in Northern Brazil for decades. Relatively obscure even in the rest of Brazil, Siriá might well become the feverish, tropical sound of this summer. Read more »

Mobile Music Transfer in Mali


cellphonesv2_small.jpgAbout eighteen months ago, here at GondwanaTowers, we received a surprise album, Ishilan In Tenere, from Chris Kirkley's Sahel Sounds. Not a cd, not a flimsy warpable peice of vinyl but instead a weighty slab, that not only felt good but was packed to the brim with Mali guitar heroes. That was just the beginning ..... Read more »

African Roots Revival - a new series of old memories


nurus_guitar125.jpgWhat with a frozen shoulder and the sheer volume of rain in the UK, festivals have been a bit of a wash out. But inspired by the World Music Network release, The Rough Guide to African Roots Revival we've gone into the archives to bring a series of photos - its all about the music, the organic energy and the hand made instruments.

We'll be adding new images, keep coming back for some great memories. Read more »

Kenny Gilmore and Deep Roots Malawi


kenny_gilmore_and_melstar125.jpgEvery cloud has a silver lining and despite of the wash out at this year's rain hit Africa Oye festival, Melstar caught up with the deep rooted Kenny Gilmore. Full of passion he came to the festival to promote the film, "Deep Roots Malawi". Made in partnership with Promote Africa, its the only project so far to showcase the rich, yet often overlooked, musical traditions of Malawi. Read more »

Secret Stash release Pazy and the Black Hippies


Secret Stash Records are on it again as their HQ gears up for a funkier than ever summer, they share another firecracker with us. Re- issuing Pazy and the Black Hippies' Wa Ho Ha. Based in Benin, Edire “Pazy” Etinagbedia and his brothers James and Sonny Orovie released their second LP on EMI in 1978. Becoming somewhat of a cult classic in the collector’s market, Wa Ho Ha features Pazy’s soulful and sweet vocals gliding across deep Rock Steady grooves, Afrobeat rhythms and vintage funky, psychedelic melodies. Read more »

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