Please enjoy this week's picks!
"Jiin Ma Jiin Ma" - Orchestra Baobab
This track is from the 2002 album Specialist in All Styles by Orchestra Baobab, a Senegalese Afro-Cuban band. The group formed in the 1970s and quickly won the hearts of music lovers. They broke up in the 1980s after being overshadowed by some of the other great bands of the time, but reformed in 2001. This particular performance is from Live 8 in Johannesburg, which was a series dedicated to ending poverty.
"Punjabi Wedding Song (Balle Balle)" - Red Baraat
Calling themselves 'dhol and brass', Bhangra funk, or Punjabi funk, Red Baraat has created a fresh, updated sound that has been compared to a cross between Bhangra and New Orleans jazz. The group fuses Bhangra rhythm and brass funk. Recognized as a band that can deliver a great performance in clubs, they have only just released their first album, Chaal Baby (2010) (an album I need to get my hands on!).