Album: Netsayi, Monkey's Wedding (World Connection)

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Just as Mali's Rokia Traoré irritated some purists with her coolly innovative recent album Tchamantché, so Zimbabwe's Netsayi is set to ruffle a few ceremonial feathers with this thrilling mix of African polyrhythms and Joan Armatrading-style singer-songwriting.

The brushwork is freer, lighter and more spontaneous than on her 2007 debut Chimurenga Soul and there's some witty, acerbic lyrics and post-modern interjections of quaint old synthesiser sounds to complete the makeover.