Ishumar

Toumast
Lead singer Moussa Ag Keyna who, together with Aminatou and French producer Dan Levy, has created a sublime new African desert sound, but… more »

Without Zero

Joi
The shamelessly upbeat Without Zero deepens and continues the Joi family vibe – with minimal use of samples. Real playing values are what… more »

Stereo Spirit

Daby Touré
Between the rain-swept streets of Paris and the swirling sands of the Sahara, there lies a voice that is neither and both of these… more »

Becoming A Cliché

Adrian Sherwood
Where the first "solo" album was mainly instrumental, Becoming A Cliche features an ever-impressive range of vocal guests: the late, great… more »

Stone Cold Ohio

Little Axe
Little Axes's fifth album is 'Stone Cold Ohio' - 15 tracks of future blues - dubbed-out, dark, and smokey. It includes covers of songs by… more »

Rise Up

Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited
Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe's greatest living musician, in a minor key. 'Rise Up' review by Banning Eyre. I reached the Lion of… more »

Live 8 at Eden - Africa Calling

Various Artists
Most people will remember July 2nd 2005 as being the day that Bob Geldof put on his Live Aid hat with the grand aim of persuading world… more »

Delta Hardware

Charlie Musselwhite
Shot through with attitude, the songs on Delta Hardware feel rough-hewn and tough, just as they should for a guy "born in Mississippi … more »

Ama

Yungchen Lhamo
Among the world's great singers, there are a rare few who become the voice of a nation. After a decade of rapturous performances,… more »

Music, Food and Love

Guo Yue
The hauntingly aching music on this CD charts an evocative journey through the life of the musician, composer and cook Guo Yue. From his… more »

Miero

Värttinä
If Värttinä had never recorded another album after 'iki' in 2003 their achievement would have been momentous, an unrivalled… more »

Anatomic

Afro Celt Sound System
Anatomic: concerned with anatomy, concerned with dissection, related to the structure of an organism. In 2005 Afro Celt Sound System… more »

LDA V The Lunatics

Los de Abajo
This, surely, is one of the more glorious moments in the history of clashes between global music styles. ...the best album they've made… more »

Invisible Fields

Iarla Ó Lionáird
"This album was always going to be different," he says. "I did it in my own house, with a tight team that I trusted. There are no club… more »

Guess You Got It

Pina
Guess You Got It - which was issued on PRE, a new Real World imprint - is crammed with songs that already sound like classics. With Pina… more »

Moksha

Amjad Ali Khan
Indian classical music is still essentially an oral tradition handed down. That's why the lineage or the guru is all important. The teacher… more »

Hotel Juicy Parlour

Sizer Barker
Liverpool, late spring, 1996. Carl Brown is walking through a cemetery with a friend, a dog and a headful of songs when his attention is… more »

Champagne And Grits

Little Axe
In 2004 Skip and his team found a new home at Real World Records and created 'Champagne & Grits' (featuring Shara Nelson and Chris Difford… more »

Day Of Colours

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali
When the unforgettable qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died in Pakistan in 1997, he left a musical vacuum into which stepped his two… more »