The Womad Festival kicks off in the UK at the end of next week 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 pile-driving wedding music of Omar Souleyman; the irresistible Bollywood Brass Band; and the dearly beloved Amparanoia.
Red Baraat take their Brooklyn bhangra infusion to a new level with jazz work-outs and conscious rap.
Ammar 808 create a Maghreb techno with traditional roots.
King Coya and Chancha via Circuito both underpin Andean folk sounds with intelligent beats.
Kobo Town is Trinidadian Drew Gonsalves and his contemporary calypso.
Hermeto Pascoal is the legendary eccentric Brazilian composer who delivers a surprising tribute to the North-Eastern forró style.
Emilio Santiago’s 1975 album has a high-powered Brazilian cast and gets a Far Out re-release.
Uruguayan bandleader Hugo Fattoruso rewinds and remakes his South American jazz-funk style.
The new guide to Ravi Shankar is compiled by the very knowledgeable fRoots contributor Ken Hunt.
Baul Meets Saz is an Indian, Turkish and Belgian encounter.
Mostar Sevdah Reunion, the Bosnian sevdalinka outfit, provide the backing for the veteran Serb singer Milutin Sretenovic or Sreta.
Los Texmaniacs tell tales of the trials and tribulations of crossing the Tex-Mex border.
Elina Duni is an Albanian folk and jazz singer with songs of loss and separation.