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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.


Thursday, March 31 2011

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.


Wednesday, March 9 2011

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.


Monday, October 11 2010

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.


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]
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