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Album of the Month – November 2020

STAR FEMININE BAND
Star Feminine Band are an extraordinary group from Natitingou, a remote town in the north of Benin.  The 7 members are aged between 10 and 17 years old, and the only all girl band in Benin.

Their sound is a garage rock style mix of afrobeat,congolese rumba and traditional Beninese rhythm dances. The girls harmonies may sound youthful but their songs are raising awareness about equality and empowerment for African women to a curious growing audience.

Santrofi Alewa Album review

Santrofi – Alewa

Santrofi, are a collective of young emerging musicians from Accra, Ghana. The debut album ‘Alewa’ is a sumptuous mix of dance-guitar, funk, and silky harmonies. A Highlife extravaganza, that deserves to be heard and danced to – energetic, exuberant and refreshing.

Awale Jant Band – Yewoulen

With the unmistakable groove of West African soul music, Awalé intertwines Senegalese, Latin American, funk, jazz and influences from London, where they are now at home. Yewoulen is a call for leaders of the world and everyday people alike to Wake Up and work together for the sake of humanity.

Tamikrest Tamotait Album

Tamikrest return with a vivid, irrepressible rock and roll statement. Their most powerful album since 2013’s wildly acclaimed Chatma, Tamotaït finds the band not only turning up the volume, but also sharpening their ruminations on the state of the Sahara and the world beyond. Features acclaimed Moroccan singer Hindi Zahra and Japanese traditional musicians.

London Afrobeat Collective Humans Review

London Afrobeat Collective – Humans

London Afrobeat Collective’s latest album release Humans, unleashes the full force of their funky energetic afrobeat.

Full of musical gutsiness, with the fervor of their exhilarating live performances, the LAC sound is evolving beyond the sphere of Afrobeat.

An album striving for social justice has never sounded this good

KOKOKO! FONGOLA album review

KOKOKO! Fongola Album

If there was a TV series called ‘extreme homemade musical instruments’ KOKOKO! would be the hosts and Fongola would be the soundtrack.

Experimenting with engine parts to typewriters, the DR Congelese DIY’ers invent and build their own percussion and stringed instruments.

Flirting between, post-punk and electronic, the intoxicating and hypnotic grooves are blisteringly danceable.

KOKOKO! are currently on a world tour and are playing Fabric, London on November 28th

Faith Mussa – Kalilima Album

Known as the Malawian one-man band, Faith Mussa’s latest album is full of bright African guitars and soulful harmonies, whilst it slickly genre hops by blending modern beats and arrangements with traditional rhythms and instruments.
It’s an irresistibly catchy and classy production, with three years in the making and collaborating with various artists, it firms up Faith Mussa as a rising star on the international music scene.

Kadialy Kouyate - Taling Dimalu- Beautiful Tales Album

Kadialy Kouyate -Taling Dimalu Beautiful Tales Album

It’s a massive privilege to have such a talent as Kadialy Kouyate based here in the UK.
The Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer hails from the line of Kouyate griots
and If you have ever seen him perform you will have been
bedazzled by the splendour of his kora mastery.
His latest repertoire is full of beautiful positive melodies, and you will feel your soul being gently nourished as the enchanting compositions unfold.

Isaac Birituro and The Rail Abandon – Kalba

Ghanaian Isaac Birituro’s masterful xylophone style is explored by UK’s singer-songwriter Sonny Johns.

Lively West African beats, folky guitar and jazzy brass hues, harmonized with the uplifting Kalba Birifore Choir.

Recorded in Isaac’s hometown Kalba – the album title, a church became a makeshift mobile studio.
An intriguing story of different worlds embracing, it captures a genuinely warm-hearted community spirit.

Maravillas de Mali Africa Mia new album

Maravillas de Mali – Africa Mia

In the 1960s, a group of Malian musicians travelled to Havana to study music.
The Maravillas de Mali band was formed and the groundbreaking
Afro-Cuban fusion style was born.
50 years on, Boncana Maïga the only remaining member has recaptured that revolutionary spirit by rejuvenating Africa Mia, the bands only album.
Featuring superstar Mory Kanté from Guinea.

BCUC The Healing best african album 2019

BCUC – The Healing

A magnitude of free jazz, spiritual rants, raps and chants delivered with rock ’n’ roll fervency.
The 7 piece band from Soweto, South Africa inspired by indigenous music conjure extended trance-like songs, radiating positive energy as it challenges musical formats and simultaneously the harsh realities of African life.

Kongi Dia Ntotila 360’° best album 2019

Kongo Dia Ntotila – 360°

Intrinsically deep-rooted with African dance sounds and styles, Kongo Dia Ntotila’s second release 360°is a profusion of adept musicianship.
Congolese guitar and energetic rhythms blend fluently with jazzy horns and bass lines inspired by the buoyant UK Jazz scene.
The listener is joyfully seesawed between Kinshasa and London.
It’s inventive, original and massively catchy. A feel-good fun ride from start to finish.

Madalitso Band - Wasalala new african Album

Madalitso Band – Wasalala

What do you get when you mix a homemade one-string slide bass (Babatone), a cowskin foot drum, thumped with your heel whilst strumming a 4 string guitar and two harmonious voices? The joyful upbeat traditional folk music of The Madalitso Band from Malawi.

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Ifriqiyya Electrique – Laylet El Booree

Fusing the rhythms and invocations of the ancient Saharan Banga ritual with an electrical storm of contemporary sonics, Ifriqiyya Electrique’s second album both grips and awakens. In Tunisian, Banga means “huge volume” and one cannot think of a more apt description of Laylet el Booree than that. Maximalist & relentless. Blood, sweat & trance.

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Tartit – Amankor/The Exile

Formed in a refugee camp in the ’90s, the female-fronted band toured the Tuareg sound around the world. Their first album for more than a decade is nostalgic, with aspirations of peace and unity. Release Date: 25 January 2019Record label: Riverboat Records. Genre: Desert Blues, Folk Tuareg. Country: Mali.

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Tamikrest – Kidal

The 4th album from the one of the best desert blues bands around. Kidal, the title of the release is their ancestral town. The album is their voice to the world about the Nomadic Tuaregs and their struggle for freedom, love and peace.