Abelardo Carbono

Abelardo Carbonó, the godfather of champeta, was born in 1948 in Ciénaga, a small town between Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia. He started to play the guitar when he was eight or nine as he simply played along with his father.

Africa Negra

For the past 40 years, África Negra have been indisputably the most important and genuine ambassadors of the music of São Tomé and Príncipe.

African Salsa Orchestra

The African Salsa Orchestra (ASO) is an orchestra born in 2014. Directed by Michel Pinheiro (Beninese singer & trombonist) the ASO is a dance machine that will ballad you from Cotonou to Cuba.

Alfie Ryner

  Alfie Ryner was born in 2006 when five musicians came together with a common goal; to experiment with new concepts of improvised music.


Psychedelic pansori-rock from Korea


Baciamolemani, Sicily’s favorite, blends traditional horn-heavy Italian rhythms with Balkan inspired party vibes that take you on a musical journey around the Mediterranean isles.

Bakolo Music International

 The pioneers of congolese rumba

Balkan Beat Box

Even more globalized than ever, Balkan Beat Box is ragga, hiphop and dancefloor electronica!


In northwestern Tunesia, between the Bargou mountains and the Algerian border, lies one of the poorest areas of this country, but with a distinctive music tradition of its own.


Politically inspired afropsychedelic funk from South Africa

Bixiga 70

“The energy and intelligence of the playing are irresistible.” – The Guardian Five years after their inception, the Sao Paulo based Brazilian group Bixiga 70 continues to travel musically forward, only to find themselves more and more at home.

Blick Bassy

Blick Bassy formed his first band in Cameroon at the age of 17. They were called The Jazz Crew and would later develop into Macase, an inventive jazz fusion group inspired by local rhythms with three singers, all singing a different Cameroonian language.

Chalo Correia

Chalo Correia, the new ‘vintage’ sound of Angola

Chouk Bwa Libete

Chouk Bwa Libète is a traditional Haitian roots band — “Mizik Rasin”. Their music consists of the essential elements of Vodou: rhythms, songs and dances. These are the roots, torn from Africa, replanted in a new land, Haiti.


Crazy noisy jazzrock

Conjunto Papa Upa

A mind-blowing yet joyous-sounding assault takes you on a psychedelic journey with a possessed voodoo priest piloting a half-broken 1970’s Caribbean space ship, departing from the hot Venezuelan beach of Camuri Chico in order to land somewhere on the African continent along the borders between Angola and the Congo. 


"Travelling is great, but it presents us with a problem: we have to take ourselves along." So says Alain Botton, a rather brainy, if a little boring, Swiss-born philosopher who hasn't had the chance to meet Jairo Zavala.

Dieter van der Westen

Dieter van der Westen is a Dutch songwriter who makes intriguing, acoustic Americana songs, with a dollop of musical influences from across the world.

Dieuf-Dieul de Thies

Vintage fuzzy psychedelic sounds from Senegal

Eliades Ochoa

Buena Vista Social Club® presents Eliades Ochoa. He is the voice of ‘Chan Chan’ and without competition THE voice of the traditional Cuban son.

Emel Mathlouthi

 Her music has electro and trip hop rhythms and a modern sound – a new way forward for Tunisian music.


Fendika (Ethiopia): Ferocious five-piece band with two phenomenal dancers

Fumaça Preta

Fumaça Preta (Black Smoke) bring together elements of tropicalia, psychedelic rock, fuzz funk, musique concrete, acid house, radiophonic electronics and afrobeat.

Gaye Su Akyol

Istanbul has a deep, layered history. From its beginnings as a fishing village to one of the pillars of the Roman world. The final stop on the Silk Road. The centre of the Ottoman Empire as the Turks spread their huge net across the Middle East. Across the centuries the city drew in cultures and blended them. Growing up there, singer-songwriter Gaye Su Akyol breathed all that in every day, along with her family’s ancient roots in Anatolia. Those rich traditions combine to form part of the sound she’s developed on her album Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu (Hologram Empire), where sultry Turkish melodies twine around spiky, twanging guitars and insistent rhythms.

Guy One & The Polyversal Souls

Guy One is a great kologo player from Northern Ghana who recently started touring with the German group The Polyversal Souls.


Mesmerising combination of electronics and traditional music in multimedia project REMIX <--> Culture.


  From the steppes of Mongolia by way of Beijing, Hanggai is a crossover band that blends traditional music and rock. “This is Asian crossover music at its best” - The Guardian

Idan Raichel

Multi-instrumentalist from Israel shows the world he is one of the most creative musicians of his country, and beyond.


South Korean electronic trio Idiotape formed in 2008 in Seoul.  Producer and synthesizer player Dguru, who is also a highly-respected DJ in Korea, and synthesizer player Zeze teamed up with the simple goal of making “fun and enjoyable music”. Drummer DR (formerly of Seoul pop-punk / pop-rock act Sugar Donut) was brought on board in early 2010.

Ifriqiyya Electrique

Spiritual and post-industrial ritual of Sidi Marzûq, Banga of Tozeur (Sahara, Tunisia)


The Music that exist everywhere but belongs nowhere.

Kálmán Balogh

Kálmán Balogh is one of the foremost Hungarian cimbalom players, descending from a famous dynasty of Hungarian Gypsy musicians.

Kayan Kalhor & Toumani Diabaté

The Iranian kamanche virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor is one of the internationally best known exponents of the Persian and Kurdish music. Toumani Diabaté comes from an ancient griot family and is recognized as one of the most influential musicians from West Africa and as an excellent player of the kora.  

Kočani Orkestar

The mighty Macedonian brass band Kočani Orkestar took the Western world by surprise in 1997 with their album L'Orient est rouge.

Kondi Band

 Kondi-Band is an inspired new Afro-electronic project, a collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ Chief Boima, who himself has Sierra Leonean roots.

Konono nr 1

Konono #1: Rough and honest in-your-face grooves from Kinshasa.

Kumbia Queers

 Las Kumbia Queers describe their style as 1000% Tropi Punk – a wild mixture of Afro-Cuban and Latin American Cumbia influences, queerness and punk spirit.

La 33

Within Bogotá's fiery music scene, LA-33 has emerged as Colombia’s most famous touring salsa orchestras. The sound is modern yet authentic, embracing retro salsa dura (hard salsa), classic cumbria, ska, Latin jazz and old school New York Boogaloo. Significantly, the band is named after Calle 33, their home street in Bogatá, because it captures an essential urban take on salsa, connected directly to the streets. 

La Yegros

La Yegros is the first woman signing to the renowned ZZK label. She is seen as the first lady of digital-cumbia in a typically male dominated scene.

Liu Fang

The empress of pipa and guzheng. Music from the classical and folkloric traditions.

Los Pirañas

  Dance to this psychedelic connection between champeta, afrobeat, rock and cumbia.

Luna Zegers

The Dutch Luna Zegers isn't just your average flamenco singer: she graduated in 2015 as the first (and still, only) foreign flamenco singer at the prestigious conservatory ESMUC in Barcelona, after her graduation (with distinction) as a jazz singer from the Conservatory in Amsterdam in 2010.

Maia Barouh

Maia Barouh sings using a special technique from a small island in the South of Japan, mixing it with modern and electric sounds. 

Mamadou Kelly

From Goundam and Niafunke, the heart of Mali’s blues delta, virtuoso Mamadou Kelly is a fixture in two of the most famous groups in Malian musical history: Ali Farka Toure’s All Stars and Afel Bocoum’s band, Alkibar.

Mbongwana Star

From Kinshasa – Congo - this group of street musicians who play a fusion of funk, rock, rumba and vintage R&B.

Meridian Brothers

Touching down from Bogota, Columbia, Meridian Brothers are here to shoot their deliciously weird and loose psycho-tropical groove! 

Mydy Rabycad

Energy, charm, happiness and sex-appeal. Lightness of syncopes combined with uncompromising beats. Insight and spontaneity, but also refined sophistication and professionalism. All this and much more certainly helped the young band Mydy Rabycad to become one of the best concert bands on the scene, in and outside of Europe. 

Nahawa Doumbia

Powerful vocals and rhythms from Mali


“Traditional but with unmistakable pulses of reggae and rock” UNCUT


We could just say that Ni is an instrumental rock band. We could just tell you to grab a nice coffee and look at their latest album cover while enjoying yourself on a balcony. We could just be happy that spring is on it's way and that we can hear the birds sing all afternoon. We could just tell you that we have waited a long time for this moment.

Nine Treasures

The five young musicians, hailing from the remote Hulunbuir in Inner Mongolia, where heavy metal is untraceable, started playing together in Beijing in the end of 2010.

O Rappa

In 1993, four friends from Rio de Janeiro (Nelson Meirelles, Marcelo Lobato, Alexandre Menezes et Marcelo Yuka) decided to create the reggae group, O Rappa, to expose the social injustices that the country was going trough (cf Minha Alma).  Since then, they have recruited a fifth member, Falcão who became the emblematic vocalist of the group.

Orlando Julius

Born in 1943 in Ikole-Ekiti in Ondo State, Nigeria, Orlando Julius Ekemode (“Orlando was really a nickname, taken from the Nigerian actor, Orlando Martins") had started in music from an early age, becoming the school drummer and learning flute, bugle and other instruments at St Peters Anglican School in Ikole-Ekiti.

Orquesta El Macabeo

Old school salsa with rock attitude from Puerto Rico

Otava Yo

A group of folk musicians in St. Petersburg, Russia, spontaneously formed Otava Yo in 2005. They wanted to create new interpretations of Russian folk music, open to everyone with open ears (and legs), and to revive neglected tunes from bygone times.

Oumou Sangaré

Malian diva delivers a modernized version of the traditional, rural music of the enigmatic and mysterious Wassoulou hunters with a funk-driven pulse.

Pat Thomas & Kwahibu Area Band

Pat Thomas is one of Ghana’s all-time great vocalists, also known as “The Golden Voice Of Africa”.


 Spectacular latin core


Impressive and delirious, PoiL is lead by three musicians who know no limitations and prohibitions.


Rabasa is a typical exponent of the Cape Verdian diaspora and a respected guest of international stages and festivals. The band, has been based in the vicinity of the Dutch harbour city Rotterdam for many years now, where their success started.

Roberto Fonseca

Since the beginning of his musical career in the early 1990s, Cuban-born multi-instrumentalist Roberto Fonseca has stated his mission clearly: “I want my music to reach people who don’t know me, and I dream of one day becoming a point of reference for my audience.” Although still very young – by the standards of jazz, hip-hop, world music or any other genre – Fonseca has maintained a sharp focus on his mission that has already garnered him global recognition. Born into a musical family in Havana, Cuba, in 1975, young Roberto originally gravitated to percussion, but started playing the piano at age 8 (the interest in percussion would eventually enhance his piano style). He began composing at age 14, drawing inspiration from Afro-Cuban music. His appearance at Havana’s International Jazz Festival at the tender age of 15 was not only a revelation to audiences, but the launching pad for a musical education that resulted in a degree in musical composition from the Instituto Superior de Arte. But the degree was only the beginning of his education process. He saw every road after college as an opportunity to merge his style with other styles and create something greater than the sum of its parts. At 21, he embarked on a tour through Italy with singer Augusto Enriquez, which included performances on RAI, the state TV channel, which introduced him to audiences well beyond his Cuban origins. Shortly after the Italian tour, Fonseca joined saxophonist Javier Zalba to form Temperamento, a group that became his creative platform for the next 15 years, beginning with the release of En el Comienzo in 1998. The album won the award for Best Jazz Album at the Cubadisco 1999 festival. En el Comienzo was followed by three solo albums in rapid succession – Tiene Que Ver (1999), No Limit (2000) and Elengó (2001). In 2001, he joined the Orquestra de Ibrahim Ferrer for a world tour that logged more than 400 performances throughout Europe, the UK, South America, Australia, Asia and just about every other corner of the globe. Led by Ferrer – an alumni of the Buena Vista Social Club™, the legendary Cuban collective that had taken the world by storm some five years earlier – the tour with the Orquestra positioned Fonseca alongside legendary figures like Cachaíto López, Guajiro Mirabal, Manuel Galbán and many others. The tour marked the beginning of an ongoing and fruitful relationship with various members of BVSC. The intensive touring and multicultural exposure planted the seeds for Zamazu, Fonseca’s monumental 2007 recording that assembled more than 20 musicians and integrated elements of his various influences: Afro-Cuban, jazz, classical and traditional Cuban music. Among the musicians on this diverse and ambitious recording were Portuondo, Zalba, Carlinhos Brown, Vincente Amigo, Ramsés Rodríguez and many others. Following the release of Zamazu, Fonseca showcased generous portions of the recording at some of the most prestigious festivals in the world in front of spellbound audiences. Zamazu was a tough act to follow, but Fonseca found a way to bring the magic and energy of his live show into the studio for his 2009 release, Akokan. The album featured his quartet with guest performances by Cape Verdean vocalist Mayra Andrade and American guitarist Raul Midón. His latest studio effort Yo, was recently nominated for a GRAMMY® in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album. Recorded in Paris, Yo draws its simple but appropriate title from the Spanish word for “I” or “me.” Fonseca is clearly the focal point of the recording, but his multidimensional and multicultural sound exists within an intricate mosaic made up of a total of 15 fifteen musicians from Cuba, Africa, the U.S. and elsewhere. All of these valuable partners help Fonseca down new paths that continue to explore countless directions and ideas. Fonseca and his crew have already toured worldwide in support of Yo, with more than 100 concerts since April 2012. As always with Fonseca, there are new creative worlds to explore, and new artistic bridges to build between the traditional and the modern-day. “This album unveils the beginning of a new phase more than the closure of an old one,” he says. “I want to delve deep into my roots in light of my experiences and show the diversity of my musical universe, all these ideas which I had out aside, unable to use until now.”

Rocky Marsiano

Tropical beats with vintage Angolan and Capeverdian influences


Romperayo sounds like a fast moving musical journey through Colombian tropical folklore, a mischievous and modern interpretation of the up-tempo rhythms of descarga and the psychedelic sounds of  70s cumbia. Expect musical fireworks that don’t only move your hips and feet, but also direct  your brain into a blissful mood.

Rupa & The April Fishes

Fiery, engaging and wide-reaching, their music is the soundtrack for a world teetering at the edge of itself

Shan Ren

The remote province Yunnan in South Western China is thought to have been the inspiration for James Hilton’s Shangri-la in his classic novel Lost Horizon. Since their formation in this region in 2000, Shan Ren, literally “mountain men”, have become one of China’s top indie folk bands. With members representing some of the smaller ethnic groups, the four-piece aims to promote and preserve the colourful and diverse heritage of Yunnan and Guizhou’s many ethnic tribes through original compositions and re-workings of local folk melodies. Shan Ren fuse indigenous music with modern styles, while showcasing a variety of traditional instruments such as the Xianzi, Qinqin and Dabiya (four-stringed plucked instruments) and Xianggu and Sun drum (percussion). Gaining popularity in Beijing’s small but vibrant folk scene on the strength of their energetic live shows, the band were invited to appear in front of 5,000 people at Cathedral Square for the Barcelona Festival Asia in 2010. In 2011, Shanren also presented showcases at MIDEM in Cannes and Liverpool Sound City, UK.

Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar

Godfather of the Balkan Beats.


Socalled is a pianist, producer, composer, arranger, rapper, singer, journalist, photographer, film maker, magician, cartoonist and puppet maker based in Montreal, Quebec. His project The Socalled Movie is a feature documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada in which he has been making records and toured the world for over a decade.


“Söndörgö are proving themselves to be one of Europe’s most versatile and exciting bands.” Simon Broughton, Songlines Magazine.

Songhoy Blues

Timbuktu indie kids Songhoy Blues, stars of the Africa Express album


Suboi is a force to be reckoned with, thanks to her mad skills of proficiency to interchange Vietnamese and English in her lyrics, creating a hybrid live performance that is full of energy and attitude that will bitch-slap you silly. -YOMYOMF


Kickass jazzy afrofunk


Energetic and festive funaná from Cabo Verde

Tal National

Tal National are from Niamey, the capital city of Niger. They’ve had several #1 songs in their home country, are constantly featured on national TV - folks in Niger leave their TVs on and use them as boomboxes . Still, they sell their discs on the street, at roundabouts since there is no centralised distribution system in the country.


Tamikrest means “crossing” in the language of the Kel Tamashek, a traditionally nomadic Saharan people that is commonly referred to as the Tuaregs. It is an apt name for a band that so successfully merges the values of their timeless culture with the sounds and visions they have encountered on a headlong journey to the concert stages and ipods of the world. Echoes of dub, blues, psychedelia, funk and even art-rock are seamlessly weaved into Tamikrest’s increasingly individual take on the Tuareg musical tradition.

Taraf de Haïdouks

Ever since the release of their debut album and their first visit to western Europe back in 1991, Taraf de Haïdouks are considered as the epitome of Gypsy music’s fabulous vitality.

The Mahotella Queens

The Mahotella Queens are true legends!

Toumani & Sidiki

 Kora-master Toumani Diabaté presents his son Sidiki - 72nd generation of Diabaté griots - to the world.


TRAD.ATTACK! takes inspiration from old archive recordings and from the music of today. Folk music is their starting point but not their boundary: they remain open in ears, mind and soul to different styles and new directions whilst maintaining their emotional roots-heart.

Trio Da Kali

Trio Da Kali is a group of outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians). Formed of voice, ngoni and balafon the Trio aim to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires.


Troker’s groove is charged with explosive energy, rhythms going from jazz to rock that in the words of international magazine All About Jazz: "is noisy, chaotic, sprawling, messy, all together wonderful"


Tulegur (刚子) a native from Inner Mongolia mixes throat singing with guitar playing, a singer songwriter from the grasslands.

Turtle Island

Turtle Island fuses traditional Japanese carnival beats with other musical elements including distorted guitar, Indian music, and Korean traditional music, all held together with a punk rock background.


uKanDanZ plays an unique style: an unusual meeting between an electric quartet from France and Asnake Guebreye’s terrific voice. This charismatic lead singer originates from the vibrant music scene in Addis Abeba.

Vaudou Game

Vaudou Game is one of the newest most exciting bands on the scene. Peter Solo, singer and composer of the band was born in Aného-Glidji (Togo), birthplace of the Guin tribe and place of voodoo culture, just like the whole region of Togo and Benin.


Korean traditional music adapted to a modern life.