In the tropical Caribbean forest a river runs, the streaming water drowning out the rustling of leaves, the pulse of insects and the birds’ cry. The song of a man, more powerful than that of the waters, rises to the tops of the ancient trees. Polobi, balanced on a rock, launches a melody towards the infinite sky. Drawing inspiration from the heart of the forest, Polobi and his musicians collaborate with idiosyncratic producer Doctor L, forging a radical new take on the Gwo Ka tradition of Guadeloupe.
Underground to overground. Forest to metropolis. North Africa and South Africa, meeting up, digging down, finding gold in the seams. Here, at the intersection of club floor and ritual, of electronics and ceremony, are worlds both ancient and modern. Otherworlds, where inhibitions fall away, dancers shakedown and trance takes you out there, and far away. This is Archeology – the astounding debut album from Montparnasse Musique.
A historic live recording celebrating the 40th anniversary of a landmark cultural moment including performances by Echo & The Bunnymen, Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, The Beat, The Drummers of Burundi, The Musicians of the Nile and many more. This album is a window onto three days of amazing music – highlights from multiple stages, of artists from many corners of the globe.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Michael Brook
Paban Das Baul & Sam Mills