Articles tagged africa

25 Jun 2015 // 2:15 AM

Amara Touré 1973-1980

Amara Touré was once the toast of Senegal and 1973-1980 is a succinct and comprehensive way to play catch-up.

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Cannes 2015: For ‘Mediterranea’, Director Jonas Carpignano Draws on Real-life Events in Africa

As the crisis intensifies over Europe’s so-called boat people, Mediterranea takes their plight and examines it from the inside.

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Various Artists: Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco, and Mbaqanga 1975-1985

Then the brass hits, trumpets double saxes in sforzando swells changing chords on the bar line as the singer talks about "our time."

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5 Nov 2014 // 3:05 AM

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.

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10 Oct 2014 // 12:30 PM

Benyoro: Benyoro

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

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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.

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12 Feb 2014 // 3:06 AM

Tinariwen: Emmaar

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

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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.

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Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits: Sarawoga

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

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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16 Jun 2011 // 10:00 PM

Group Doueh: Zayna Jumma

Electrified Western Saharan jam band plays weddings, warps time.

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Rikki Ililonga & Musa-O-Tunya: Dark Sunrise

Afro-psyche guitar wizard provides the most convincing case yet for the vibrancy of the 1970s Zamrock scene.

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9 Mar 2011 // 9:56 PM

WITCH: Introduction

Something about WITCH seems to have excited record collectors outside of Zambia, but in a world where rareness, exoticism, and commodity fetishism become peculiarly intertwined, one hopes that it is more than just the rarity of the commodity that is being valued.

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Various Artists: Roots of OK Jazz

The sound quality of these remastered 78s is excellent and the compilation bears eloquent witness to the development of Franco's guitar style, from brief blasts of sound to the more fluid lines that would become his signature.

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Various Artists: Afro-Rock

If Afro-Rock and the numerous compilations that have followed in its wake have set a decade and its fashions in the artificial amber of retro-chic, they have also made available brilliant, adventurous music that forces us to reconsider our ideas of the evolution and revolutions of popular music.

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Daby Balde: Le Marigot Club Dakar

Balde's album may be too local a pleasure for the tastes of many world music fans. But for those who found Baaba Maal's latest a little too globetrottingly bewildering, this may be the ideal alternative.

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Various Artists: Ghana Special

Following the success of the Ethiopiques compilations, here's another stellar collection of popular African music recordings from the '60s and '70s. Highly recommended.

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6 Nov 2009 // 4:48 AM

Endgame

Endgame crafts a crackling thriller out of the tangle of crafty maneuvering and happenstance that put a stop to South Africa's apartheid.

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