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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

Tribali | The Elephants of Lanka on Jagged House Records

01--tr-the-elephants-of-lanka_0.jpgJill Turner revisits a review from 2009, when Maltese band Tribali released The Elephants of Lanka. Once upon a time in the fields of England under the stars, eco warriors, suits, crusties and confirmed urbanites danced together until sunrise. Dancing against a backdrop of colourful projections and a new, light, upbeat, psychedelic global trance. A hypnotic mix of didges, sitars, hand drums, loops and samples. The world with all its beats was their oyster. Click here for the full review

Alkibar Gignor
Alkibar Gignor - La Paix on Sahel Sounds

sahelsounds_-_la_paix_-_alkibar_cover_0.jpgJill Turner gets to grips with the real sound of the sahel as she listens to Alkibar Gignor's new album La Paix: A marshal amp is balanced on top of a speaker and on top of that, a young guitar player, one leg lifted, knee pulled up, elbow drawn back, chin down and ready to rock. We are introduced to the new generation of Northern Mali, Alkibar Gignor. So named because they learnt their trade under the guidance of Afel Boucoum, juniors to the great musician and his band Alkibar. That was back in 2003. Click to Read Full Article

Review: Hora Kota from Bonga on Lusafrica

hora_kota_0_0.jpgAngelina Abel steps back in time yet moves forward as she reviews Bonga's latest release Hora Kota. A loyal representative of the Angolan culture and an icon for Angolan music, Bonga's lyrics always refer to the history and stories of the Angolan people with an emphasis on the values passed on by the older generations.

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Mixtape of the Month - DJ UMB Transnational Moombahaton

transnational_moombahton_artwork125.jpgWe're loving DJ UMB's Transnational Moombahton mix so much that we busted our download quota and hogged the village broadband in order to grab the full wav file from his soundcloud page. Once more with the iconic skull imagery from a sculpture by Amy Sarkisian, first rinsed in blue on his Transnational Dubstep selection released on Six Degrees Records. A cheeky nod to Sam Shackleton's label Skull Disco perhaps, we can only speculate but that was over two years ago, and DJ UMB is not one to let the grass grow under his feet.

Vieux Farka Toure | St Georges Bristol 11th February 2012

vft125.jpgHis album " The Secret" went straight to the top of the European World Music charts, rave reviews in American media and his natural command of the guitar has View Farka Toure dubbed as the African Jimi Hendrix. Tackling the sub zero temperatures outside, Melstar headed off to St Georges Hall in Bristol where Vieux Farka Touré gave a 'heart warming' performance at St Georges in Bristol and got everyone on their feet and dancing down the aisles. Read the full article and catch the vibe. Image (C) Gemma Hall.

Legacy from Two Man Ting on 2 Boot Music

legacy.jpgTwo Man Ting’s debut album,Legacy, brings us sparkling maringa, palm wine and highlife grooves alongside delicious guitar playing, inspired djembe rhythms, witty observations and the Mende wisdom passed on by a mum from Sierra Leone. It all adds up to remind us that it’s the simple things in life that matter.

Tori Ensemble
Tori Ensemble at Charlie Gillett stage WOMAD Charlton Park July 2011

It was midday on Sunday, the third day of the WOMAD festival at Charlton Park and after a big Saturday night, there was already quite a crowd gathering at the Charlie Gillett stage. An architecturally pleasing structure, defined by its projecting canopy, which depending on your outlook, resembles either

Raghu Dixit
Review | Raghu Dixit | Antarangi - The Fire Within.

James Poulter finally explores the music of Raghu Dixit and with Antaragni - The Fire Within he finds the sound of a continent awakening. Comfortably straddling the ancient and the contemporary, the spiritual and the worldly, Raghu Dixit draws on India's rich musical heritage, the strong cultural identity of his ownregion and ethnicity, and an ear for rock n' roll hooks that would make Noel Gallagher blush. Imagine Ravi Shankar meets Oasis at dawn in Mysore...

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Fanfare Ciocarlia vs Boban i Markovic
Balkan Brass Battle

James Poulter: missed the epic live showdowns in London and Brighton last month, but is delighted to be catching up with the Balkan Brass Battle now, reviewing the album due for release on July 12th. Here we encounter two Gypsy bands at the height of their powers, taking Balkan Brass music to dizzying new heights. Loose your belts, let down your hair, and prepare to hit the dancefloor Balkan Gypsy style.

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