Japanese Dub

Japanese Dub

The latest album from Jah Wobble and the Nippon Dub Ensemble.

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NI 432 - Iraq - seven years later - May, 2010
Genuine Negro Jig

Genuine Negro Jig

Hoe-down fiddles, the rhythmic rattle of spoons and kazoos with some banjos marking time, and you could be – where? A fictive Appalachian town? Some 1930s travelling music show?

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NI 431 - Bloody oil - shut down the tar sands! - April, 2010
Empire and Love

Empire and Love

Folk music, as Empire and Love shows so well, is a music that has a grounding in both past and present, both populist and political.

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NI 431 - Bloody oil - shut down the tar sands! - April, 2010
Ali & Toumani

Ali & Toumani

An intimate album with the space for real spontaneity

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NI 430 - Globalization on the rocks - March, 2010

Tsikaya: Músicos do Interior

Assembled under the artistic directorship of Victor Gama, Tsikaya is a superb example of how music is rooted in the society it comes from.

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NI 430 - Globalization on the rocks - March, 2010
Expressing a world – the peerless Kamilya Jubran.

Makan

An elegant album, stripped bare to its poetry. Bass notes on the oud ground the songs wonderfully and Jubran’s voice is sinuous and expressive, full of colour tones.

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NI 429 - Too many of us? The population panic. - January, 2010
Ditch your preconceptions with Fraser Fifield.

Stereocanto

Low whistle, hornpipes, kaval (this is a traditional Balkan flute) and practice chanter (and this a part of the Scots bagpiping set-up) are just a few of the instruments employed by Fraser Fifield on Stereocanto.

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NI 429 - Too many of us? The population panic. - January, 2010
The Sky and the Caspian Sea

The Sky and the Caspian Sea

Mysterious and opulent in its songs, The Sky and the Caspian Sea is a début album that exudes confidence and poise and promises the start of a great future.

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NI 428 - Welcome to Copenhagen! - December, 2009
Sarabah – Tales from the Flipside of Paradise

Sarabah – Tales from the Flipside of Paradise

Hiphop fans make a virtue of telling it how it is. Well, there’s no-one out there who tells it better than Sister Fa.

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NI 428 - Welcome to Copenhagen! - December, 2009
Sleepwalking through the Mekong

Sleepwalking through the Mekong

It’s a dance record galvanized for the groove; it’s a John Pirozzi film that takes a serious responsibility for the band’s material and details commitment to Cambodian heroes.

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NI 427 - Terror takeover - November, 2009
Between My Head and the Sky

Between My Head and the Sky

‘It's me. I’m alive.’ Yoko Ono, startling and challenging as ever.

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NI 427 - Terror takeover - November, 2009

Rishte

An album with a range of references stretching from a lazy Delta blues to the yearnings of Urdu devotionals. By Najma Akhtar and Gary Lucas.

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NI 426 - Islam in power - October, 2009
Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast

Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast

Guitars blast, synthesizers go mad and a group of gospel harmonizers strain for the heavens as sitar strings twang. By Cornershop

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NI 426 - Islam in power - October, 2009
Also worth a mention...

Also worth a mention...

CDs that didn't quite make a full review, but are still worthy of a mention.

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NI 425 - Where have all the Bees gone? - September, 2009
The Rough Guide to Afrobeat Revival

The Rough Guide to Afrobeat Revival

Starting where founding father of afrobeat Fela Kuti left off, this album features energetic tracks of sweaty inventiveness.

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NI 425 - Where have all the Bees gone? - September, 2009
Amina Alaoui – a tremendous voice on the broodingly beautiful Siwan.

Siwan

For all its ancient antecedents, Siwan is a very modern album and a joyous meditation for that.

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NI 425 - Where have all the Bees gone? - September, 2009
Within My Walls

Within My Walls

An odd title, given the political geography of Israel/Palestine, this album projects a vision of multicultural music that seems to have little space for Palestinian musicians.

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NI 424 - Surviving change in the Arctic - July, 2009
House of Hunger

House of Hunger

An album that is very much the sound of a modern-day freedom fighter.

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NI 424 - Surviving change in the Arctic - July, 2009
Seya

Seya

Accompanied by a wide range of sound for this latest outing – jazzy horns, strings and the kamele ngoni (harp) played by trusty sidekick Benego Diakite – Seya is an album that simply flows.

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NI 423 - China in charge - June, 2009
Gurrumul

Gurrumul

Listeners familiar with the harder sounds of Yothu Yindi are in for a surprise. The 12 songs on Gurrumul display an altogether softer side of their author.

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NI 423 - China in charge - June, 2009
Easy Come, Easy Go

Easy Come, Easy Go

Subtitled '18 Songs for Music Lovers', Easy Come, Easy Go is a double album containing a wide choice of songs: from Brian Eno's 'How Many Worlds' to Dolly Parton's 'Down from Dover'

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NI 422 - Multiculturalism - May, 2009
Better Times Will Come

Better Times Will Come

An album loaded with the instrumentation - fiddle, steel guitar, banjo and mandolin - of American roots music.

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NI 422 - Multiculturalism - May, 2009
Très Très Fort

Très Très Fort

Congo’s amazing disabled rhythm-maestros Staff Benda Bilili

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NI 421 - Put people first - April, 2009
Africa to Appalachia

Africa to Appalachia

Sissoko’s warm-toned vocals and fluid kora work, counterpointed by Stone’s banjo-picking make for a wonderfully expansive sound on Africa to Appalachia

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NI 421 - Put people first - April, 2009

Articles in this category displayed as a table:

Article title From magazine Publication date
Iraq - seven years later May, 2010
Bloody oil - shut down the tar sands! April, 2010
Bloody oil - shut down the tar sands! April, 2010
Globalization on the rocks March, 2010
Globalization on the rocks March, 2010
Too many of us? The population panic. January, 2010
Too many of us? The population panic. January, 2010
Welcome to Copenhagen! December, 2009
Welcome to Copenhagen! December, 2009
Terror takeover November, 2009
Terror takeover November, 2009
Islam in power October, 2009
Islam in power October, 2009
Where have all the Bees gone? September, 2009
Where have all the Bees gone? September, 2009
Where have all the Bees gone? September, 2009
Surviving change in the Arctic July, 2009
Surviving change in the Arctic July, 2009
China in charge June, 2009
China in charge June, 2009
Multiculturalism May, 2009
Multiculturalism May, 2009
Put people first April, 2009
Put people first April, 2009
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