World Reviews

Latitude 37: Empires

Latitude 37's Grand Tour of the 18th century's cultural borders.

Jordi Savall: Pro Pacem

Savall unites musicians in a multicultural plea for world peace.

Concerto of the Greater Sea (Tawadros; Tognetti; Australian Chamber Orchestra)

Oud vibrations: Joseph Tawadros teams up with the ACO.

Crossing Roper Bar (Australian Art Orchestra/Young Wagilak Group)

A superior blend: Crossing Roper Bar is a fascinating collaboration.

The Best of the Black President (Fela Kuti)

Powerful collection of the Nigerian Afrobeat legend's greatest hits.

The Creole Choir of Cuba: Tande-La

This mixed Cuban choir really packs a punch.

Setimo Fado (Joana Amendoeira)

Move over Mariza: this soulful young fadista sings directly from her heart.

Roots Travellers (Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan)

Rollicking Rajasthani hits: traditional tunes from the Dhoad Gypsies.

Dubber Side of the Moon (Easy Star All-Stars)

The All-Stars’ reggae version of Dark Side of the Moon was an inspired idea, realised with wit and authenticity.

Mesgana Ethiopia (singer: Gigi & Material)

A live set from enchanting East African vocalist.

Bold as Light (Stephan Micus)

Over almost 40 years, German musician Stephan Micus has created 20 discs of intimate and reflective beauty.

Glow (oud: Dhafer Youssef, guitar: Wolfgang Muthspiel)

This 2007 collaboration between Tunisian-born, European-based oud player and vocalist Youssef and Austrian guitarist Muthspiel reflects a trend towards placing the middle eastern’s favourite stringed instrument in jazz settings.

Hypnopaedia (Nicolette Boaz)

As a composer for documentaries and theatre, Sydney musician Nicolette Boaz is used to adapting various styles for a common purpose.

O Houria (Souad Massi)

Souad Massi’s fourth studio disc in a decade shows a greater variety of styles, while still keeping strong her message of protest for political and social freedom in her native Algeria, particularly the struggle for women’s rights.

This is the Story (Miriam Lieberman)

Sydney-based singer-songwriter Miriam Lieberman has a special interest in West Africa.

Africa for Africa (Femi Kuti)

On a concert stage, Femi Kuti is one of the most exciting acts in the world.

Beautiful Imperfection (singer: Asa)

A solid pop album – but is this world music?

Le Son du Maquis (Free Africa)

Intended as a tribute to celebrate 50 years of independence of 16 mostly Francophone African states, this specially priced four-disc box set of 50 songs by 50 different artists represents only the proverbial tip of the iceberg of African music – but is still a great slice of African music of the last five decades.

Mademoiselle Chante (singer: Kelly Auty)

Listening to these contemporary interpretations of French chanson it’s hard to believe the woman responsible comes from Victoria.

Six Days in Down (guitar: Bob Brozman, uilleann pipes: John McSherry, fiddle: Dónal O'Conner)

The joy of this album is not just that it’s a superior example of Irish folk music, but that it’s also highly original.
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