Tuareg guitarist Bombino is back and in great form.
Thabang Tabane is the inheritor of the South African malombo sound.
Les Tambours de Brazza play an updated version of traditional Congolese vocal-percussion interplay.
Cheikh Lô is a Senegalese singer/percussionist and one time protegé of Youssou N’Dour, whose debut album on World Circuit gets a remastering.
The Womad Festival kicks off in the UK in just over two weeks and this year’s attractions include: from Haiti, Moonlight Benjamin’s voodoo rock and the folk-blues of Melissa Laveaux; the irresistible party-fare of Havana Meets Kingston; the Ethiopian tones of Meklit’s songs; the contemporary Istanbul sophistication of Gaye Su Akyol; the North African grooves of Tunisian Sabry Mosbah; and the acoustic West African European trio Tamala.
The SoulJazz Orchestra roll into town on Saturday for a late, and probably wild, session in the Sugar Club.
The Afro-Cuban All Stars’ classic 1997 debut gets a remastering on vinyl.
Emilio Santiago’s 1975 album with its high-powered Brazilian cast also gets a re-release.
Soundway issues a curated, rediscovered selection of ’80s and ’90s Brazilian tunes.
Uruguayan bandleader Hugo Fattoruso rewinds and remakes his South American jazz-funk style.
Smithsonian have gathered more than 50 musicians to celebrate the music of the late John Duffey of The Country Gentlemen.
“Hokum” was a spicy salacious variant of the blues and the new Rough Guide is a who’s who of the genre.
The Tanzanian Albinism Collective are from an isolated island in the largest lake in Africa, a refuge from persecution.
Baul Meets Saz is an Indian, Turkish and Belgian encounter.
The Eishan Ensemble play the music of the Iranian composer Hamed Sadeghi.