Back in 2009, a track from Ana Moura’s first platinum LP, Não É Um Fado Normal, served as both a triumphant and prophetic manifesto: ‘Não É Um Fado Normal’ (This is No Ordinary Fado). Moura has since taken Portugal’s national music to stages shared with Prince, the Rolling Stones, Gilberto Gil and Herbie Hancock - meanwhile creating fado versions of such unlikely-seeming classics as ‘No Expectations’, ‘A Case of You’ and ‘Lilac Wine’. While its two multi-platinum predecessors were produced by US legend Larry Klein, Moura’s brand-new seventh album features Emile Haynie at the controls, known for his work with the likes of Kanye West, Beyoncé, Adele and Lana Del Ray.
Few acts have claimed the world as their musical oyster so masterfully and joyously as Scotland’s Moishe’s Bagel, whose audacious, intoxicating mélange of klezmer, Balkan, Celtic, Latin, jazz, Middle Eastern and classical flavours is always at its finest live. “They demolish pigeonholes with indecent relish” (Scotsman)