In Pakistan, a whole civilization is singing the songs of Ustad Saami, celebrating peace and diversity through God Is Not A Terrorist. Recorded at night on a rooftop in Karachi, this album, the first of its kind, is the product of a collaboration between Saami and the American producer Ian Brennan.
A worthy custodian of the treasures of Mandingo Africa, Souraka Koite, the Senegalese griot (bard), is the man in the spotlight on this new reissue of En Hollande by Awesome Tapes From Africa. It is a remarkable cassette – showcasing a unique 1984 solo kora recording that took place in a converted chicken coop.
Hermeto Pascoal e sua Visão Original do Forró was recorded in 1999 but remained unreleased until this year. The legendary o Broxo magnifies tradition while displaying dizzying instrumental sophistication.
After going down the “Ethio crunch” route (mix between Ethio-jazz and rock) in their first two albums the duo, hailing from Lyon and Ethiopia enter a cosmic dimension on Yeketelale, released by Buda music.