JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2005

UPFRONT 01. T o p o f th e W o r ld Covermount CD track listing 06. G a l le r y Troubadours of Allah 10. N e w s from the world of music 15. O b i t u a r i e s Sbndor ‘Neti’ Fodor & John Peel 16. G r o o v e s Andrew Cronshaw, Rita Ray

& N 'Faly Kouyate 17. T a lk in g D r u m Readers' letters 18. B e te N o i r e World music snobbery 19. A d v e n t u r e s in C l u b l a n d Mano Negra homage

& Kiwi Dub 20. M y W o r l d Film director Pawel Pawlikowski 21. B i g In... Singapore c o n t e n t s

FEATURES 24. B e s t A l b u m s 2004 The editor's top ten choices 26. M a n u D i b a n g o Still the king of sax at 70 32. R a d io 3 A w a r d s fo r W o r ld M u s i c

The nominations 44. M a p u t o Mozambique's music boom 48. IM A / O c o r a The state of French music 54. W a r s a w V i l l a g e B a n d The Polish Pogues

REGULARS 22. S u b s c r ip t io n s a n d B a c k I s s u e s 51. P o s t c a r d from St John's, Newfoundland 52. S o u n d i n g O u t Amsterdam 58. B e g in n e r ’s G u id e to Oum Kalthoum 60. F e s t iv a l P r o f i le Celtic Connections, Glasgow 105. O n th e R o a d Events, TV and radio listings 108. L u c k y Y o u W e r e n ’t T h e r e & readers' reviews 111. L a b e l D i s t r ib u t o r s D i r e c t o r y 112. B a c k P a c k Kershaw on John Peel

REVIEWS 63 ^ 103 63. R e v i e w s In d e x CDs, DVDs & Books

COMPETITIONS 10. A f r i c a n S o u l R e b e l s W I N tickets 10. W o r ld C o n n e c t io n N i g h t s W I N tickets 12. B r e a k in g th e S i le n c e W I N DVDs 12. R o u g h G u id e to iP o d s W I N books 12. Songlines W o r l d M u s i c C h a r t s W I N CDs

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