songlines magazine, january 2013

come together – bassekou kouyate

The coup d’etat in March became the unexpected, surreal and dramatic backdrop to the recording of master ngoni player Bassekou Kouyaté’s latest album. MORE

Songlines magazine, October 2011

Fatoumata Diawara

Fatoumata Diawara is the latest rising Malian singing star. She chats to Rose Skelton and explains about how she found her voice. MORE

songlines magazine, August 2010

dedicated followers – cheikh Lo and Carlou D

Religious songs praising Islamic leaders are hugely popular in Senegal. Rose Skelton talks to two of the country's biggest stars – both loyal Baye Fall followers – Chikh Lo and Carlou D. MORE

the guardian, 23 July 2010

sufi's choice – cheikh lo

With his love-it-or-hate-it guitar style, soaring voice and Islamic mysticism, Senegalese star Cheikh Lo has always been a one-off. Rose Skelton met him. MORE

songlines magazine, march 2010

Here's looking at you, kidjo!

Angelique Kidjo is fast gaining a reputation as not only a formidable singer, but also one of Africa's leading female role models. MORE

songlines magazine, march 2009

gangbe brass band

What do you get when you mix West African ritual music with colonial marching band traditions? Rose Skelton finds out with Benin’s Gangbé Brass Band. MORE

arise magazine, 2009

wandering star – keziah jones

Emerging from the underground, Keziah Jones, the continent-hopping creator of bluefunk, is getting the chance to shine. MORE

froots magazine, may 2008

Muntu Valdo

The Cameroonian player is a rare example of a musician making more than a lawyer. Rose Skelton explains... MORE

froots magazine, 2008

spirit leveller – chiwoniso

Zimbabwe's Chiwoniso mixes the roots of mbira music with the R&B and rock she heard while growing up in the USA. Rose Skelton traces her learning curve. MORE

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songlines magazine, june 2007


She's one of Mauritania's few female politicians, an advocate of equal opportunities and arguably the country's leading musician. She's also survived years of persecution and a media blackout because of her outspoken views. Rose Skelton meets the 'Light of the Sahara'. MORE

Brussels airline magazine, april 2007

Spotlight on: souleymane faye

"Live music disappeared when electric pop music (mbalax) came on the scene. Now it's starting to come back". MORE

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froots magazine, 2007

Desert Exile – Toumast

Toumast's Moussa Ag Keyna is a rebel with a cause, that of Touareg independence. Rose Skelton hears how he's adapted to survive. MORE

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froots magazine, March 2007

Team Cameroon – Sally Nyolo

Sally Nyolo is putting something back into the country she left at the age of 12, setting up a studio and recording local bands for a remarkable compilation. Rose Skelton hears how it all came about. MORE

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froots magazine, 2007

Miss versatile – Dobet Gnahore

They're still talking about Dobet Gnahore's recent gig in Dakar, and Rose Skelton's amongst those saluting West Africa's multi-talented whirlwind. MORE

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songlines magazine, november 2006

Kora Haze – Ba Cissoko

The kora group from Guinea are giving this most traditional of instruments the Jimi Hendrix treatment. Rose Skelton talks to them about their new album. MORE

brussels airline magazine, november 2006

the soul of senegal: Youssou N'Dour

African music has been planted firmly on the world's map thanks to the success if Grammy award-winning artist Youssou N'Dour. Rose Skelton reveals that he hasn't forgotten his roots in Senegal, as he tirelessly campaigns to develop Africa. MORE

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froots magazine, july 2006

Mbalax pride – alioune m'baye nder

Alioune M'Baye Nder is carrying the torch for the younger generation of mbalax players in Senegal. Rose Skelton gets the charm offensive. MORE

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reuters, march 19, 2006

Striking a dissenting chord

With his dissenting lyrics that name and shame African leaders and denounce Western politics, West African reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly knows his music has made him as many enemies as friends. MORE

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froots magazine, March 2006

The War Chief – tiken jah fakoly

Tiken Jah Fakoly's ancestors were war chiefs, and that's how he sees himself, denouncing corrupt politicians across Africa, rewarded by being the soundtrack to nations. Rose Skelton gets her 15 minutes with him in sunny...Gateshead. MORE

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froots magazine, 2006

Rose among drums – Doudou n'diaye Rose

Two Roses in Dakar – Rose Skelton encounters Senegal's legendary drummer Doudou N'Diaye Rose. MORE

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froots magazine, 2006

Julia Sarr

The Senegalese singer's album with guitarist Patrice Larose impresses Rose Skelton. MORE

Froots magazine, 2006

Zjansiyoum Henok

From Ethiopia, but he's now one of Stockholm's African musical treasures, reckons Rose Skelton. MORE