Toumani Diabaté: Toumani & Sidiki

 • 2014/05/19 • World Circuit/Nonesuch • World, West African, Kora • Hamadoun Toure | Rachid Ouiguini | Toguna Industries | *Lampedusa* | Bagadaji Sirifoula | Dr Cheikh Modibo Diarra First of all, I enjoy and appreciate the music of Toumani Diabaté, I learned of this kora player while listening to Ali Farka Touré on an album they shared. Toumani Diabaté’s music is…

Christophe Maé: Je Veux Du Bonheur “Tombé Sous Le Charme” (Fallin’ Under the Charm)

• 2013/07/30 • Warner Brothers France • International (World), French Pop •  “Tombé Sous Le Charme” (Fallin’ Under the Charm) “Je crois pas au hasard, le jour comme le soir, tu me tiens chaud. Comme l’ébène et l’ivoire, viens on va s’assoir au vieux piano.“ Christophe Maé, actor turned popular French pop artist takes advantage of his stage craft…

The Garifuna Collective: Ayó

• 2013/07/02 • Cumbancha • International (World), Afro-Cuban, Latin • Ayó (Goodbye)| Ubóu (The World) | Gudemei (Poverty) This is my first encounter with The Garifuna Collective. According to AllMusic.com, The Garifuna Collective with Andy Palacio released one of the greatest international albums of all-time in Wátina. Unfortunately, Andy Palacio has since passed, leaving the Garifuna Collective to venture further out on their…

Selah Sue: Selah Sue

• 2012/08/28 • Because Music/Columbia • Neo-Soul, Indie Pop • This World | *Raggamuffin* | Mommy | Break “And I know it sounds cliché yeah, but I can’t live without you.” — “Mommy” I lived a short while in Perpignan, France. Each year they have this festival where musicians play all throughout the city. I remember in my mind…