The Soundway label have a South African compilation coming soon and are also releasing the debut album from Holland’s Mauskovic Dance Band of brothers.
Damon Albarn and the Africa Express crew will be releasing the fruits of their Johannesburg sessions in July.
Brazil’s Liniker e os Caramelows will be in the Sugar Club on the 22nd of the month (and Ed Motta is there on Sat 18th).
Cimarrón are from the eastern plains of Colombia, while Yapunto, based in France, are fronted by Colombia’s Alejandra Charry.
R.I.P Senegalese kora maestro Solo Cissokho, who has died much too young.
Brussels’ Muziekpublique label is a tremendous force for positivity and cross-cultural understanding, as well as nurturing and enabling some very fine music. I talk to two of the people involved and we hear music from their last two releases, as well as some earlier material. Refugees for Refugees are musicians from many countries from Syria to Tibet to Pakistan, all now resident in Belgium.
The final section is an ambient instrumental session with music from two new releases of the tak:til label featuring US guitarists Chris Brokaw and Chuck Johnson, plus Labelle, of La Réunion heritage, and Pascal Gabriel’s Stubbleman road trip project.