Salif Keita needs no introduction - the golden voice of Mali.
Liraz is an Israeli citizen exploring her parents’ legacy in Iranian music.
Sofiane Said is a French-Algerian singer with an contemporary rai style.
Cesare Dell’Anna & GiRODiBANDA are from Southern Italy, highlighting the Palestinian struggle.
Jaune Toujours are funky politics from Brussels.
The Afro Celts unleash another monster record with a migration theme at its heart.
Some of the ear-catching live music I saw at Womex included the blend of rap and Karnataka vocal and percussion by the Ta Dhom Project, wild festive sounds from Thrace by Evritiki Zygia, Polish village music from Odpoczno, French-Canadian band Vishtèn. And Irish-Iranian quartet Navá also performed.
Upcoming Dublin gigs include veteran Ethiopian keyboardist Hailu Mergia, and Afro-space jazz man Idris Ackamoor, both in the Sugar Club, and the Punch Brothers in the National Concert Hall.
Portuguese fado doyenne Mariza has a new release.
Eric Bibb’s “Global Griot” has Solo Cissokho and Habib Koite on board for a much-travelled album.
Kaia Kater investigates her heritage in Grenada.
UK/Irish duo The Breath issue their second album.
Mother and daughter, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy, are part of English folk’s first family.