Living With War
by Neil Young
CD out now
Neil Young returns to form with this angry, polemical attack on George Bush’s regime. The man who wrote “Ohio”, a protest against the murder of four anti-war students at Kent State University in 1970, seemed lost to the movement after his pro-war songs in the aftermath of 9/11.
But Bush’s lies, the disaster of Iraq and the assault on civil liberties have won him back. Stand out tracks include “Flags Of Freedom” and “Let’s Impeach The President”.
Neil Young is also reuniting with Crosby, Stills and Nash to embark on a “Freedom of Speech” tour later this year. This is another reason for Bush to worry.
The London African Music Festival
South Bank Centre, London SE1
Until 28 May
Phone 08703 800 400 www.rfh.org.uk/africa
This is the fourth annual London African Music Festival and brings together sounds from across the continent.
Artists showcased this year include Ethiopia’s greatest singer, Mahmoud Ahmed, as well as Toumani Diabate, Queen Salawa Abeni, Claude Deppa, Dudu Sarr and Eric Soul, Kanda Bongo Man, Cheikh Lo and Akim El Sikameya.
Walk the Line
Directed by James Mangold
DVD out now
This recent film about the life of the US musician Johnny Cash is compelling.
Walk the Line opens in exhilarating fashion with Cash’s famous 1968 concert in Folsom Prison.
This is an immensely enjoyable film, not least thanks to the fabulous soundtrack. There is also some fantastic acting from both Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix.