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Amadou & Mariam Live Dates & New Album

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Amadou & Mariam Live Dates & New Album

The ninth album from Malian musical duo and Grammy-award nominees Amadou & Mariam, La Confusion, is due on 22 September on Because Music. To celebrate the release the band has shared the lyric video for the track 'Filaou Bessame'. The duo will be in the UK for End Of The Road festival on 3rd September and at The Troxy on 4th November. ...

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18/07/2017
18/07/2017
Vaudou Game on UK tour

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Vaudou Game on UK tour

The relentlessly entertaining Franco-Togolese afro-funk group Vaudou Game are on the road in the UK for an extensive series of dates, including several festivals. Beginning at Rhythmtree on 14th July, it takes in Shambala and culminates with End of the Road in September, with a London show at PizzaExpress Jazz Club on 24th August. Have a look a the full list of shows below. ...

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14/07/2017
14/07/2017
Jupiter & Okwess ‘Kin Sonic’

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Jupiter & Okwess ‘Kin Sonic’

Four years after his debut album Hotel Univers and a year after the Troposphère 13 EP (that featured both Damon Albarn and Warren Ellis) Congolese musician Jupiter Bokondji aka Jupiter & Okwess has released his second album Kin Sonic on Zamora/Glitterbeat . This new material mixes traditional Congolese rhythms with 70's soul and funk, resulting in a furiously enjoyable concoction. ...

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07/07/2017
07/07/2017
‘Made In France’ Artists at Glastonbury

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‘Made In France’ Artists at Glastonbury

If you're heading to Glastonbury this weekend (or following on TV), don't forget to look out for a host of top-notch French or French-signed artists. Audiences will be treated to sets from Phoenix, Jain, Justice, Fakear, Roscius, Naya, Oumou Sangare (on French label No Format) and Parcels (signed to Kitsuné). To get you in the mood, here's Parcels' brand new single - a dream collaboration with Daft Punk! ...

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Ibeyi ‘Away Away’

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Ibeyi ‘Away Away’

Two years after their debut album Ibeyi, including the hit 'River', and after appearing on Beyoncé's album Lemonade, Cuban-French twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, aka Ibeyi, are back with 'Away Away'. The single is a hymn to joy and happiness and contrasts with their darker debut. The video, directed by Christian Beuchet shows the sisters' positive energy as they enjoy themselves in their studio and walking around the city. They a...

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13/06/2017
13/06/2017
Oumou Sangaré ‘Mogoya’

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Oumou Sangaré ‘Mogoya’

After unleashing fiery single 'Yere Faga' on the world, Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré releases her new album Mogoya (meaning “people today”) on Nø Format. Her first solo album since 2012, it mixes traditional instruments such as kamele n’goni (harp), karignan (metal scraper) and calabash with electric guitar, keys, bass and synths to create a perfect blend of traditional and modern. She has help from guests like Tony Allen but this i...

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19/05/2017
19/05/2017
-M- , Toumani Diabaté ‘Lamomali’

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-M- , Toumani Diabaté ‘Lamomali’

Lamomali, the new album by iconic French rocker M was recorded in collaboration with Toumani Diabaté, the Grammy-winning kora virtuoso from Mali, and features a who’s who of singers and musicians drawn from the global music scene. Opening track ‘Manitoumani’ alone features punchy beatboxing by French rapper Sly Johnson, and M’s sister Anna and brother Joseph lending backing vocals to lyrics sung and spoken by a trio made up of ...

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07/04/2017
07/04/2017
Oiseaux-Tempête – ‘AL-‘AN!’

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Oiseaux-Tempête – ‘AL-‘AN!’

Oiseaux-Tempête, multi-faceted creators of epic instrumental soundscapes and focused sonic explorations, have released a third album AL-'AN ! on Sub Rosa Records  (the album's full name is the snappy 'And Your Night Is Your Shadow; A Fairy Tale Piece Of Land To Make Our Dreams') With this ambitious project, partly recorded in Beirut with local musicians, and featuring techno producer Mondkopf , Charbel Haber, Sharif Sehnaoui, G.W. Sok from cu...

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Oumou Sangaré ‘Yere Faga’ ft. Tony Allen

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Oumou Sangaré ‘Yere Faga’ ft. Tony Allen

One of the greatest living female voices in African music, Oumou Sangaré, has released a video for ' Yere Faga' featuring legendary drummer Tony Allen, from her album Mogoya (meaning 'people today') out on French label Nø Førmat! on 19th May. The video, directed by Chris Saunders, shows a young woman inhabited by the demon of dance in the streets of Bamako. The Malian singer denounces the new curse of Malian society, suicide, and delivers a ...

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30/03/2017
30/03/2017
Yasmine Hamdan ‘Al Jamilat’

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Yasmine Hamdan ‘Al Jamilat’

With her debut solo album Ya Nass (2013), Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan -  previously a member of cult duo Soap Kills - introduced her personal, modern take on Arabic pop. With her new album Al Jamilat (‘The Beautiful Ones’), released on Crammed Discs, she pursues her musical exploration, while taking a look at the mutations at work within the Arab world. Her unique vision is fully realised in this new album, which she jointly...

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21/03/2017
21/03/2017