#1316 Rokia Traore – Bowmboi

This CD was a present from a good friend, a musician himself, who had been to one of her 2004 London concerts with his husband and thought I’d like this. He was right, I do. Traore has a beautiful voice, and the arrangements are exquisite. She’s accompanied on many of the tracks by traditional Malian … Continue reading #1316 Rokia Traore – Bowmboi

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#1332 Various Artists – 10 Bollywood Remix Film Hits

I bought this cassette in Kuala Lumpur in the year 2000, a short while after travelling around India for 3 months and falling in love with the country, the people, the culture and in particular the sound of Bollywood musicals. By then me and my girlfriend at the time had bought ourselves a radio cassette … Continue reading #1332 Various Artists – 10 Bollywood Remix Film Hits

#301 Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza

This is Manu Chao’s second solo album, but my first. I came across him from attending WOMAD festival in 2002, the summer after my girlfriend and I returned from our two-year round-the-world trip and were trying to recapture the freedom and joie de vivre by buying a campervan. Definitely a good move at a music … Continue reading #301 Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza

#914 Os Mutantes – Everything Is Possible: The Best of Os Mutantes

I first came across Os Mutantes via David Byrne and this 1999 compilation released on his Luaka Bop label. They are a psychedelic rock band from Brazil, influential in their homeland in the late 60s and at the forefront of the Tropicalia movement, but rarely heard outside of Brazil until Bryne’s patronage helped them reach … Continue reading #914 Os Mutantes – Everything Is Possible: The Best of Os Mutantes

#515 Peter Gabriel – ‘3’

My second Gabriel album to pop up, and though not as well-known as So, this is probably his best. Although I will always retain a soft spot for his debut solo record, since it’s where I started with my Gabriel love affair. Americans seem to like to call this album ‘Melt’ in the way they … Continue reading #515 Peter Gabriel – ‘3’

#529 Peter Gabriel – So

I’m big on Peter Gabriel. Before I fully discovered David Bowie and when I needed a little break from Prince, Gabriel was my go-to male artist of choice. Discovered of course through my initial love of Genesis. After listening to their masterpiece, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, I largely lost interest in the band’s … Continue reading #529 Peter Gabriel – So