Articles tagged afrobeat

Les Amazones d’Afrique: République Amazone

When a dozen of West Africa's most talented women hit the studio for a good cause, the result is a potent brew of musical skill and fighting spirit.

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3 Mar 2017 // 11:20 AM

Ibibio Sound Machine - “Give Me a Reason” (Singles Going Steady)

Lagos meets London in an explosion of retro color and sound on Ibibio Sound Machine's "Give Me a Reason".

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Ibibio Sound Machine: Uyai

Ibibio Sound Machine's sophomore album is a nonstop block party, bursting with summer soul, retro electronics, and funky Afrobeat.

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Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: Madjafalao

After years of lighting up the night, Benin's oldest big band lets the sunshine in.

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13 Dec 2016 // 10:50 AM

Goat: Requiem

Although Goat's sense of adventure sometimes results in indulgent and diminished returns, it just as often furnishes the listener with warm, inspired, and exuberant music.

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Dawda Jobarteh: Transitional Times

The West African kora goes from classical to cosmic on Dawda Jobarteh's brilliant sophomore release.

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Pat Thomas: Coming Home - Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1964-1981

Pat Thomas' voice was made for singing, and that's the simple truth.

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16 May 2016 // 2:10 AM

Moken: Chapters of My Life

Moken’s Chapters of My Life delivers style, sass and skill to an album that you’ll never want to end.

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25 Mar 2016 // 11:00 AM

Deltino Guerreiro - “Duas Caras” (Singles Going Steady)

Hailing from Mozambique, Deltino Guerreiro melds soul, R&B, and traditional African polyrhythms on "Duas Caras".

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Golden Dawn Arkestra: Stargazer

There's a Ra connection here in more than name. And there's a legend surrounding one of the key players and his relationship to the Great One. True or untrue, that story only adds to the mystery behind this good-time release.

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“At the Service of the Song”: A Conversation with Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo speaks with conviction and humour about the major issues that drive her, such as the promotion of African music, the education of women, and our shared destiny as a people.

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Stick Against Stone - “Grace” (audio) (premiere)

The cult faves have finished their debut album, which has been only 30 years in the making.

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The Souljazz Orchestra: Resistance

This is Souljazz-lite.

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The Souljazz Orchestra - “Bull’s Eye” (audio) (premiere)

Lively jazz/funk and biting social commentary coalesce wonderfully on the Canadian band's new track.

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Swahili Blonde - “Discover Aurora” (audio) (premiere)

Nicole Turley's latest track is loving advice from an aunt to her goddaughter.

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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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The Elder Statesman of Afrobeat Opens Up

In Tony Allen's new autobiography, we get a glimpse into the life and times of the man behind the kit, as well as fascinating insights into the tumultuous rise of Fela Kuti & the Afrika 70 to stardom.

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Femi Kuti: No Place for My Dream

Politics and poverty are in the crosshairs of Femi Kuti, a musician intent on making room for his dream.

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Jens Lekman: An Argument With Myself EP

This EP cements and solidifies Lekman’s status as one of the most dependable and vital songwriters at work today.

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