Articles tagged africa

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of West Africa

Choice cuts from the vast range of music in West Africa make for another polished installment of the Rough Guides collection.

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What Is Brought Back in Michel Leiris’ ‘Phantom Africa’ Is Not Tangible

Phantom Africa represents a poignant and beautiful window into something more universal.

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Various Artists: Sweet As Broken Dates - Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa

Sweet As Broken Dates showcases a golden age of pre-civil war Somali pop music -- and it's a new kind of groovy.

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You May Be Black or You May Be White But in Africa You’re an American First

David Peterson del Mar explores a creation myth for a nation of black people still searching for personal and collective terra firma.

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Various Artists: Oté Maloya - The Birth of Electric Maloya on Reunion Island 1975-1986

Strut Records delivers the best of vintage African music yet again, this time straight from Réunion Island.

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Mamadou Kelly: Politiki

The desert meets the Deep South on the easy and low-key Politiki.

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Noura Mint Seymali: Arbina

Noura Mint Seymali takes a stripped-down and powerful approach to her psychedelic griot pop.

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Various Artists: Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta

Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta is a goldmine for musical history buffs and an excellent purchase for anyone in need of a little more African jazz.

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Zadie Smith’s ‘Swing Time’ Does a Difficult Dance

Learning from the past is not as simple as pressing rewind: it's a dance that's quite difficult to execute.

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Zomba Prison Project: I Will Not Stop Singing

The Zomba Prison Project's second album once again lays bare the lives and thoughts of the residents of Malawi's only maximum security prison.

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Various Artists: Africa Airways One & Two: Funk Connection 1973-1980 / Funk Departures 1973-1982

Africa Airways One & Two features plenty of grooves from the disco era through the early '80s.

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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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