Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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MUSIC Namlo is a UK-based band of Nepali heritage and its self-financed, eponymous album, approaches the tricky issue of how one national music translates and mutates in a new context. Led by Ganga Thapa, Namlo offers a refreshing and smart approach, with Nepalilanguage songs backed by an able band.

Anything new from Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré is always welcome and his new album Samba (Six Degrees) is no different. Touré is outspoken in his condemnation for jihadists who are harming Mali, and vocal in his ecological concerns, too.

The re-release of Mulatu Astatke's Mulatu of Ethiopia (Strut) is a fantastic opportunity to discover how Ethio-jazz was founded and how its ideas spread.

Late to the table: Rhiannon Giddens's Freedom Highway (Nonesuch) is jaw-droppingly, breathtakingly superb. Recorded in Louisiana in wooden rooms that predate the American Civil War, the Carolina Chocolate Drop founder channels full-on civil rights here: a rightful ire pervades 'At the Purchaser's Option'.

FILM In Claire Ferguson and Llion Roberts' impressive, original and compelling Destination Unknown, a dozen now elderly Jews recount their differing experiences of World War Two. It avoids cliché and stock images of brutality, focusing on people, who relive overwhelming cruelty and loss, but emanate ongoing love and commitment to others. …

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