The latest album by singer-songwriter Syssi Mananga is an absolute gem.
Her soulful voice is emotive and powerful.
Through her own personal journey the songs pay tribute to womanhood and explore her Belgium-Congolese roots.
There is much to admire in this unique album.
The Nyatiti – an eight-stringed lyre, originating from communities around the shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya.
A story of an African village boy transitioning to a man with all its anxieties.
The preserving of traditional Lüo sounds whilst interpreting them for the modern world.
Haymanot Tesfa is a singer and krar (traditional lyre) player from Ethiopia, now living in the UK.
Loosening the Strings is her solo debut album, and is a collection of Ethiopian traditional songs and her own arrangements all sung in the distinctive Amharic language.
Throughout the album, Haymanot’s fingers flow through the six-stringed krar with nimble dexterity. The unfaltering plucked soft tones provide a foundation for Haymanot’s powerful and captivating voice. Using only
the krar and a drum it’s a bold debut. Yet, it doesn’t need anything else, as it’s simply beautiful.
The second release from Invisible System aka Dan Harper’s Malian project.
Dance to the Full Moon is the sequel to the instrumental Bamako Sessions album from 2018.
Delving deep into Mali’s traditional musical roots, griot, ngoni, kora, and Songhoy guitar are accentuated with the interfusion of dub, post-punk, techno, and R&B.
A more fulfilling album than its predecessor and with Dan Harper’s guidance and production finesse, has created a triumph of equilibrium.
Crisscrossing genres but keeping Mali at its heart and soul
Moulay Ahmed Hassani – Atlas Electric. Hive Mind Records. “Ahmed’s trademark – an awesome sounding psychedelic deep reverberating microtonal guitar!” From the foot of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, singer, songwriter and musician Moulay Ahmed Hassani has self produced more than an incredible 50 albums over 30 years in his home studio in …
The third international release from Niger’s biggest band blasts West African rhythmic guitar, desert blues, afrobeat grooves, and a constant often off beat crashing snare drum. The vocals occasionally border on screaming to be heard over the intense hypnotic sound and when you think it can’t get any faster ‘Belles Reines’ does just that, dense …
World Music? What’s that? Well, how did I get here? Early ’80s Talking Heads were a unique group, new wave and funk intertwined with rhythms and sounds that were ‘foreign’ – unknowingly for most an introduction to Afrobeat. Angelique Kidjo’s version is naturally more African, it’s also more Afrobeat with plenty of horns.Whilst always keeping …
After the first listen, the album felt like I’ve owned it for years. Honest blues and reliably Malian. Samba Touré is in a mellow mood.(mostly) Full of spacious cool blues riffs and crisp rock ‘n’ roll rhythm guitar, whilst at the same time the talking drum and Soku fiddle keeping the sound back on African …
Toubalbero is a huge upgrade from Sidi Tourés Songhoy folk blues album 5 years ago. Sidi Touré is now electro-acoustic, alongside up and coming adept musicians, Djadjé Traoré on electric guitar, and Mamadou “Mandou” Kone who also tours with Vieux Farka Toure is on drums. On the Ngoni, Ousmane “Papou” Dagnon is really impressive , the traditional …