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Bits of the World that wound up in Crouch End.

Paul
 
SPECIALIST IN ALL STYLES
SPECIALIST IN ALL STYLES
"Afro-Cubo-Caribbean fusion album featuring wonderful performances from Barthelemy Attisso (guitar) & Issa Cissokho (sax), among others, to create this laid-back musical feast."
Diam
Diam
"An Afro-Euro-Folk fusion with soulful rhythms and a golden voice singing in a foreign language - on one track a made-up one - but the message still gets through."
True Jit
True Jit
"Get down and love life. The Bhundu Boys set both sad and political protest songs to upbeat, no-nonsense, enjoy-yourself tunes."
Baaya
Baaya
"Complex acoustic harmonies and rhythms played on traditional instruments provide the back-drop to Maal's haunting voice. The result is this delicate, yet accessible album."
Papa Wemba
Papa Wemba
"A great voice paired with infectious dance tunes played on western instruments and incorporating western themes into an African sound. All of which gives us some of the finest Afropop to be had."
Best Of
Best Of
"The most accessible songs from across Márta Sebestyén's career. The sound of her exotic, slightly-Eastern voice and traditional, acoustic folk instrumentation gets better and better with each hearing."
African Jazz Pioneers
African Jazz Pioneers
"So get down and dance. Unashamed good vibes pour from this South African Jazz ensemble. Guaranteed to leave you buzzing with warm feelings for the world."
Sound Magic 1
Sound Magic 1
"An Afro-Celtic-Techno fusion really shouldn't work but here it does to great effect. Atmospheric pipes and solid beats leave you torn between dancing and lying on your back watching clouds."
Soro
Soro
"Keïta's first and arguably best solo album is a fusion between his African roots, Jazz & R&B. Powerful female vocals, drum rhythms and a brass section support this most remarkable vocal talent."
Gabon - Xylophones Fang
Gabon - Xylophones Fang
"Spell-binding percussive rhythms dance from traditional wooden xylophones like water gushing between the stones in a fast-flowing brook."
Dollar Brand
Dollar Brand
"Classically-trained pianist but schooled in both the South-African & US Jazz scenes, here Abdullah Ibrahim produces a sophisticated, mellow, melodic and relaxed feel with the help of his band."
The Lion
The Lion
"Might have chosen any one of ten Youssou N'Dour albums. The Voice of Africa delivers nine of his unmistakable blend of Woolof-Jazz  fusion with a little help from Peter Gabriel."
World Lounge
World Lounge
"Addictive dance rhythms, sitars, brass samples and strains of the rainforest intermingle in this compilation of European-based but international artists. Some extra chill in your cocktail, Sir? Madam?"
Nursery Boys Go Ahead
Nursery Boys Go Ahead
"No big band sound here, just bottle guitar, vocal harmonies and percussion on most songs (with a full rhythm section on others). This Kenyan Omutibo band create a unique and uplifting sound."
Kongo Sigui
Kongo Sigui
"Still going after all these years and still great. Manding traditions fused with Jazz and a former line-up that reads like a Who's Who of Malian music - Salif Keita, Djelimady Tounkara, Mory Kante ..."
Clandestino: Esperando La Ultima Ola...
Clandestino: Esperando La Ultima Ola...
"A blend of Latin, Rock, Alternative and EuroPop, this eclectic offering is a musical document of Manu Chao's travels around the world. It's charming, amusing, political, sad and accessible."
Bodjal
Bodjal
"A Nordic-Greek-Hindi-Senegalese fusion! Yes, really, and the Swedish folk maestro manages to pull it off with real aplomb. A tremendous and completely surprising album."
Bembeya
Bembeya
"Guinea's answer to Mali's Super Rail Band - they've also been going for decades and play a Mandling-Jazz fusion but with more emphasis on the Jazz. Instantly accessible - especially the title track."
BAMBAY GUEEJ
BAMBAY GUEEJ
"Senegal's Mbalax master is produced by N'Dour on this ground-breaking album. Intricate dance rhythms, flute, sax, guitar & talking drums meld with Lô's gentle voice to produce a rich soothing sound."
Cabo Verde
Cabo Verde
LOS HEROES
LOS HEROES
Another Sun
Another Sun
Sacred Land
Sacred Land
Balamouk
Balamouk
Music of Norway - Nordisk Sang
Music of Norway - Nordisk Sang