Starting in South Africa, “Gumba Fire” is a hot collection of ’80s dance cuts; the 3CD Masekela compilation highlights the outstanding early work of the late trumpeter-activist; and BCUC, or Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness, are experimental Soweto soul.
Tal National are Niger’s finest, drawn from Songhai, Fulani, Hausa and Tuareg musicians.
Dobet Gnahoré is a singer from Côte d’Ivoire with a fifth album on release.
Toko Telo are a Madagascan trio featuring two of the island’s top guitarists - D’Gary and Joël Rabesolo, together with renowned singer Monica Njava.
Samba Touré is a Malian guitarist and singer in the Ali Farka Touré tradition of desert blues.
El Naán are from Palencia in Northern Spain and reference the diverse musical traditions that criss-crossed their land.
Mercedes Peón is a Galician piper, singer and performer with an experimental outlook.
Yonatan Gat is an Israeli guitarist, based in New York.
Orcastratum is Glen Scott’s quartet with Solo Cissokho guesting.
Eugenia Georgieva is a Bulgarian singer and one-time member of the Perunika Trio.
Anna and Elizabeth are an Appalachian duo, set among archive recordings and atmospherics - visiting the Sugar Club tonight (Wed 9th).
The Rheingans Sisters are intelligent contemporary folk from Sheffield.
Elina Duni is an Albanian singer of folksong and jazz.