The London Festival of Korean Music kicked off last Friday and runs until the 16th. We feature two of the exciting new bands on the roster (although ADG7 are not now appearing live), plus the eclectic Korean band, Coreyah(www.serious.org.uk/k-music).
Lucidvox are four Moscow women with some folky roots but a rocky outlook.
The two Cyrils are in Geneva, and one of them has a hand on the tiller of Bongo Joe Records.
La Perla, three women from Colombia, and Ti’kaniki, from La Réunion, are exciting voice/percussion outfits who were performing at the virtual Womex.
Modeste Hugues and Kilema are veterans of Madagascan culture on guitar and marovany.
The Star Feminine Band are young women and girls from Benin signed up for a music education initiative.
Urban Village are a Soweto quartet steeped in the history and culture of their homeplace.
Orquesta Failde are a young group keeping Cuban tradition fresh, with the 90 year old Omara Portuondo guesting.
Mohammad Feza Shajarian, master of Iranian vocal artistry, has died.
Atlas Maior, Texan jazz men, create a style embracing the Pakistani vocals of Ali Pervez Mehdi.
Kosmo Sound, from Ghent in Belgium, have an instrumental reggae style with jazz brass elements.
Gaudi remakes a classic Lee Perry tune (based on a Hindi song) with theremin.
Ustad Saami is Pakistani micro-tune vocal specialist recorded on his Karachi rooftop.
Fabiana Cozza pays tribute to the spectrum of Afro-Brazilian religious culture.
Kajsa Balto is an indigenous Sámi singer born and raised in Oslo.
La Crapaude are four women of Walloon polyphony.
Tio is a Ni-Vanuatu singer-songwriter releasing his debut album.
Manasseh is Nick “Manasseh” and the Equalizer, originally released in 1995.