Starting our WOMAD coverage - Kinshasa-Paris collective Bantou Mentale, London-West African outfit Fofoulah, blues-rock trio Delgres, Israeli-Ethiopian Gili Yalo, Cuba’s Orquesta Akokán and veterans the Afro-Cuban Allstars, and the voices of Georgia’s Iberi Choir and Occitan polyphonists San Salvador - all are performing at this year’s feast of music.
Sadly Moonlight Benjamin’s visit to Ireland has been postponed to next year but Huun Huur Tu will be in the Sugar Club next week (ticket giveaway on next Monday’s show).
Damon Albarn’s Africa Express release the fruits of their week in Johannesburg.
NuNairobi is a cultural hub promoting new music from the capital.
Roberto Lopez is a guitarist, originally from Colombia now based in Montreal, playing a variety of funky Latin styles.
Dona Onete is the grand-dame of Brazilian music from the Amazonia, and the “Jambu” album compiles ’70s and ’80s music from the region.
In a lusophone finish, Sara Correia releases her fado debut, while established star Mísia duets beautifully with bass clarinet.
Meanwhile Carminho performs a guest spot with accordion quartet Danças Ocultas.
Afro-Brazilian singer-songwriter Luedji Luna releases a thoughtful and engaging debut album.
Farewell to João Gilberto R.I.P. who, with Tom Jobim, launched bossa nova upon the world.