Photo by the Duchess

"Robert from Sterns introduced me to your website yesterday - brilliant - all very interesting."
--Ronnie Graham, author of THE DA CAPO GUIDE TO CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN MUSIC, and THE WORLD OF AFRICAN MUSIC

This website contains the musical opinions of Alastair Johnston, writer, book artist, teacher, and bon vivant who has written and broadcast on the topic of world music for over 20 years, under the pseudonym "Dr Rhythm." His writings have been published in mainstream magazines (e.g., WIRED, SONGLINES, WHOLE EARTH REVIEW), newspapers (e.g., San Francisco Weekly, East Bay Express) and little magazines (e.g., Shuffle Boil, Jimmy & Lucy's House of K). He updates this website monthly, or as new items are added.

(The 16th-century maps are by Sebastian Münster)