He balances passionate, melodic singing with rapid spoken sections, telling stories and giving advice as only a wise griot can. Sissoko’s substantial presence is felt in every song and while he may have passed, he left behind a legacy pinnacled on Keme Borama.
From start to finish, Eastern Hora draws on countless influences, changing gears frequently but with great purpose. This is innovative instrumental music which refuses to be pigeonholed by simple categorization, from a band that continues to impress.
Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita connect two ancient musical traditions separated by a vast ocean on Clychau Dibon. The cultures of Wales and Senegal may differ, but these artists share their musical histories with honesty and enthusiasm.
Who could guess calypso would find an audience in Berlin? The sound of Trinidad during the mid-twentieth century is thriving in a city known for its diverse party scene.
The international appreciation for Afrobeat continues to grow as more and more of it is unearthed. This compelling set is driven by infectious basslines, warbly keyboards, fuzzy guitars and tight rhythms.