Shanren are this weeks WOMAD featured artist!
Ryo Nakata drops into the splits and howls a soulful scream while his sharp suited 7-piece band purrs like a high-performance soul machine.
This is surf music Spanish style, all tangled up in Spaghetti Western themes and drenched in reverb.
Formed in Brussels by expat Colombian musicians, La Chiva Gantiva are a truly explosive mix of danceable, percussion-heavy sounds that takes cumbia, funk and Afrobeat to giddy new heights.
French roots-reggae revivalists, this extraordinary seven-piece band combines dancehall, dub, ska & hip-hop, African and Arab music, sung in a mix of languages.
In 1992, Arrested Development stood in stark contrast to the gangsta-rap dominated hip-hop scene as a group with a social conscience.
Pacific rhythms pulse through Airileke’s music projects. This is the new sound of urban Papua New Guinea in Australia, with hard new beats that hark back to ancient Melanesian culture.
2013 saw Kimbra win the Record Of The Year Grammy Award for her contribution to the Gotye global smash ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ and a second Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.