Tag Archives: desert blues

Album Review: Samba Touré – Wande [Glitterbeat Records; May 2018]
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Album Review: Samba Touré – Wande [Glitterbeat Records; May 2018]

Samba Toure, Malian blues legend, guided by one of Africa’s finest composers, Ali Farke Toure, released his third album, Wande, on the Glitterbeat label (May 2018). The opening track, “Yo Pouhala” (“blah blah blah”), sung in Fulani, is an unusually sedated introduction to the album. In sympathy with its subject...
Album Review: BKO – Mali Foli Coura [BUDA Musique; November 2017]
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Album Review: BKO – Mali Foli Coura [BUDA Musique; November 2017]

Modern five-piece BKO return with their second album Mali Foli Coura released on Buda Musique records. Hailing from Mali, BKO combines fresh and zesty experimental sounds while remaining faithful to their African heritage, creating a unique, eclectic, electric, and danceable sound. After exhaustive tours stretching across Europe, China, and Africa,...
Preview: Vieux Farka Touré @ The Jazz Cafe (London, 16th June 2017)

Preview: Vieux Farka Touré @ The Jazz Cafe (London, 16th June 2017)

Hailing from a flaming country lined with sandy gold, Vieux Farka Touré is one of Mali’s most shining jewels.  He is the son of Ali Farka Touré, a highly regarded Saharan blues guitarist.  Vieux secretly followed in his father’s footsteps to become a master guitar-tickling musician acclaimed for his immense...
Album Review: Tamikrest – Kidal [Glitterbeat Records, 17th March 2017]
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Album Review: Tamikrest – Kidal [Glitterbeat Records, 17th March 2017]

For Glitterbeat Records, Tamikrest’s Kidal represents the perfect balance between the rock and meditative elements. The importance given to the message in the Tamashek language expresses the concerns of a marginalised people. The Tuareg people have a long history of hardship, oppression and insane control of political, economic and religious...
Preview: Field Day @ Victoria Park [London, 3rd June 2017]

Preview: Field Day @ Victoria Park [London, 3rd June 2017]

Field Day Festival returns for its 11th year this coming June. Held in Victoria Park, East London as has become its tradition, this time however it will take place on the Saturday only, rather than lasting for two days as it has in the past. Fear not though, as despite...
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