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New Vinyl Release:The Rough Guide To Brazilian Jazz

New Vinyl Release:The Rough Guide To Brazilian Jazz

This cutting edge Rough Guide digs deep into today's dynamic, shape-shifting Brazilian jazz scene – leaving 'The Girl From Ipanema' lounging in the shade.

Posted Aug 4th, 2016
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New Vinyl Release: Monoswezi Yanga

New Vinyl Release: Monoswezi Yanga

Monoswezi weave traditional African songs and instruments with cool Scandinavian jazz. Zimbabwean mbira and vocals are enriched with Mozambican percussion and embellished with Nordic sax and sympathetic rhythm section.

Posted Aug 4th, 2016
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New Album: Ethiopian Jazz

New Album: Ethiopian Jazz

Swinging Addis is thriving once again, with the distinctive ancient-sounding tones of Ethiopia blending with modern jazz interpretations to create a totally unmistakable fusion. From the legendary innovators Mulatu Astatke and Getatchew Mekuria to today’s new generation of artists, this Rough Guide celebrates this burgeoning and most captivating of musical scenes.

Posted Aug 3rd, 2016
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Brand New Vinyl Releases

Brand New Vinyl Releases

World Music Network has recently released some fantastic vinyl albums across our our Rough Guide and Riverboat labels.

Posted Jul 13th, 2016
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Out Now: Peru Rare Groove

Out Now: Peru Rare Groove

This crate digging Rough Guide brings to light forgotten gems and golden grooves of tropical Peru.

Posted Jul 13th, 2016
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New Release: The Rough Guide To Gospel Blues

New Release: The Rough Guide To Gospel Blues

From the true guitar evangelists such as Blind Willie Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis to blues legends Charley Patton and Skip James, these recordings illustrate how the line separating the Lord’s song and ‘devil’s music’ was very thin.

Posted Jun 6th, 2016
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New Release: The Rough Guide To Brazilian Jazz

New Release: The Rough Guide To Brazilian Jazz

The large majority of players on this compilation are under 30 years old, most from São Paulo and Rio De Janeiro. The sheer range, energy and boisterousness of the approach is thrilling.

Posted Jun 6th, 2016
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Artist Profile: Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence

Artist Profile: Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence

Lamine performs & chats about the importance of preserving culture through music and the positive effects and perceptions that can come from creating and sharing a melting-pot of influences and flavours in local communities.

Posted May 20th, 2016
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Santana Inspired By Nuru Kane’s ‘Çigil’ On Latest Album

Santana Inspired By Nuru Kane’s ‘Çigil’ On Latest Album

Most of the original members from the Santana III/Woodstock-era reunited for this jam-packed sixteen track masterpiece. One track in particular draws inspiration from Riverboat Records’ very own Senegalese singer/songwriter Nuru Kane.

Posted May 20th, 2016
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Press Quotes

The Rough Guide to New Orleans

New City Music, Chicago: 'a great showcase of the funky sounds currently made in Crescent City'.

The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africa

The Guardian, UK, 3*** stars: 'A classy compilation'.

Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis: Greekadelia

Guardian, UK 4****stars: 'A highly original, compelling set'.

Sambasunda Quintet: Java

Froots, UK: '... a superb album of an under-represented music ... and comes highly recommended'.