Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Articles tagged africa

Wednesday, November 5 2014

Tony Allen: Film of Life

As Tony Allen and Afrobeat continue to influence the music world at large, the master drummer lets the music world at large continue to influence him.

Friday, October 10 2014

Benyoro: Benyoro

A razor-sharp group of six instrumentalists founded by a Californian who plays djeli n'goni and guitar.

Monday, October 6 2014

Tinariwen - “Arhegh Danagh” (video) (Premiere)

The Saharan band Tinariwen have been going strong since coming to international acclaim in the late ‘90s, playing the largest music festivals in the world and receiving a Grammy in 2012 for the album Tassili.

Wednesday, February 12 2014

Tinariwen: Emmaar

Pioneers of West African trance-rock release their best album in years.

Thursday, February 6 2014

The Sounds of Upwardly Mobile Africa

While Sub-Saharan Africa is not the first place associated with cutting edge innovation, its people have a long history of adapting, adopting, and re-imagining ideas from abroad.

Wednesday, August 7 2013

Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits: Sarawoga

Sixty-somethingth album from Zimbabwe legend feels a bit watery.

Sunday, August 4 2013

‘The Magic of Saida’ Takes Us Inside the Mind of the Double Immigrant

M.G. Vassanji’s style is neither stream of conscious nor a collection of terse and pithy statements; rather this book is more like a well-woven collection of narratives that are all connected through one person.

Monday, August 29 2011

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to African Guitar Legends

The boundary for this compilation is huge, and surrounds all of Africa, a continent with more guitarists and guitar styles than anyone can easily count.

Wednesday, July 13 2011

What a Wonderful ‘Life’: An Interview with Director Oliver Schmitz

Life, Above All director Oliver Schmitz brings the best-selling novel Chanda's Secret to the big screen with a dazzling cast of African actresses. Schmitz chats with Nik Ruckert about the making of this universal South African tone poem about tolerance.

Thursday, June 16 2011

Group Doueh: Zayna Jumma

Electrified Western Saharan jam band plays weddings, warps time.

WITCH: Introduction (Capsule Reviews) [9.Mar.11]
Various Artists: Roots of OK Jazz (Reviews) [11.Oct.10]
Various Artists: Afro-Rock (Reviews) [1.Jul.10]
Daby Balde: Le Marigot Club Dakar (Reviews) [11.Mar.10]
Various Artists: Ghana Special (Reviews) [24.Jan.10]
Endgame (Reviews) [6.Nov.09]
Seprewa Kasa: Seprewa Kasa (Reviews) [30.Sep.08]
Various: Black Stars (Reviews) [7.Jul.08]
Steve Reid Ensemble: Daxaar (Capsule Reviews) [6.Apr.08]
Alejandro Franov: Khali (Capsule Reviews) [12.Nov.07]
Various: Think Global: Women of Africa (Capsule Reviews) [25.Oct.07]
Oliver Mtukudzi: Tsimba Itsoka (Reviews) [18.Sep.07]
Nawal: Aman (Reviews) [29.Aug.07]
Dobet Gnahoré: Na Afriki (Reviews) [25.Jun.07]
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks

© 1999-2015 All rights reserved.™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.