CD out now
The incredibly popular musician Manu Chao returns with his third studio album, his first in six years.
Not that he hasn’t been busy in that time – he has produced brilliant albums by Akli D, an Algerian singer, and the Malian duo Amadou & Mariam.
La Radiolina is another multilingual blast against the system, following his previous albums Clandestino and Proxima Estacion: Esperanza.
Manu’s left wing critique of war, racism and exploitation comes across in songs such as “Politik Kills”, “Rainin’ In Paradise” and “Panik Panik”.
La Radiolina has a more rocky sound than Manu’s previous albums but his own inimitable style is much in evidence.
CD out 8 October
South African singer and poet Vusi Mahlasela was one of the musicians to perform at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as the country’s president in 1994.
More recently he wrote songs for the film Tsotsi. This autumn he will be touring Britain along with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who also guest on his new album.
Vusi’s mostly acoustic music concerns the fight for freedom and the need for reconciliation – and emphasises his great vocal range.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
on tour from 12 October to 25 November
You can catch both Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Vusi Mahlasela live this autumn as they embark on their biggest ever tour of Britain and Ireland, playing a total of 35 shows.
The band’s tour coincides with the release of their new album, Ilembe: Our Tribute To King Shaka. It starts on 12 October in Crawley, Sussex, and includes two dates at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 15 and 16 October, before ending in Dublin on 25 November.
For details of dates go to » www.tinyurl.com/2fu4sf