Two R.I.P.s this week. Soundway Records said goodbye to their early inspiration - Oscar Sulley from Ghana; and former member of Franco’s TPOK and leader of Somo Somo, Mose “Fan Fan”, a longtime UK resident, also passed away.
Kongo dia Ntotile are UK jazz with Congolese rhythm - African music brought up in London.
Kanazoé Orchestra are led by Seydou Diabaté, aka Kanazoé, balafon supremo from Burkina Faso.
Natu Camara from Guinea includes members of Salif Keita’s band on her solo debut.
Grupo Pilon are second generation Cape Verdean emigrants, formed in Luxembourg in the late ‘80s.
Aziz Sahmaoui, Moroccan-born, was a member of Orchestre National de Barbès and Joe Zawinul’s band.
Youssou N’Dour is, of course, a figurehead and cultural icon of World music.
Massa Dembele, from Burkina Faso, is a singer and master of the kamele n’goni harp.
AKA Trio are renowned musicians from Italy, Senegal and Brazil - Antonio Forcione, Seckou Keita, Adriano Adewale.
Rupa & the April Fishes are from San Francisco, incorporating activism and indigenous roots.
Le Vent du Nord are the leading purveyors of contemporary Quebecois roots.
Gaiteiros de Lisboa are folk musicians with an experimental take on Portuguese tradition.
Mara Aranda releases her second album in her exploration of Judeo-Spanish musical history, the Turkish instalment.
The Charivari Trio are violin, accordion and bass from Holland.
Darbuka player and inventive sound-sculpturist Wassim Halal has roots in the Lebanon.
Park Jiha plays traditional Korean instruments in a non-traditional manner.
Khonyagaran-e Mehr Orchestra are an all-female orchestra from Iran, with two male lead singers.
“Joy! Guru” is by renowned Indian slide-guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, backed by two Polish jazz musicians.