Articles tagged afrobeat

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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Vieux Farka Touré - “All the Same” (feat. Dave Matthews) Video (PopMatters Premiere)

Afrobeat star Vieux Farka Touré's latest single is "All The Same", in which American jamband favorite Dave Matthews lends vocals to a haunting Touré melody.

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5 Jun 2011 // 10:00 PM

Battles: Gloss Drop

Gloss Drop is the sound of a band forging its own identity and delivering on the promise initially unveiled on its previous album.

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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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22 Feb 2011 // 9:59 PM

Way Yes: Walkability

Way Yes throw in everything from Afrobeat to a hint of rockabilly to Middle Eastern influences, making for a very pleasurable toe-tapping listening experience.

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Rubblebucket: Triangular Daisies EP

The diversity of material here offers a widescreen view of what Rubblebucket is capable of.

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2 Aug 2010 // 9:59 PM

Elikeh: Adje! Adje!

An album of strong beginnings and lacklustre middles and ends.

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Mr. Something Something: Shine Your Face

Shine Your Face gets a vote for Surprise Excellent Album Discovery of the Year.

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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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Various Artists: Nigeria Special Volume 2 / Nigeria Afrobeat Special

These two compilations unearth more hidden gems from the recording boom that followed the end of the Biafran War in Nigeria. Deep roots rock, funky sermonizing, and even operatic folk-fusion make these collections as necessary as any in Soundway's impressive catalog.

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26 May 2010 // 10:00 PM

Tony Allen: Secret Agent

Rarely has a music of resistance been so musically irresistible. Secret Agent is a brilliant album.

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The Souljazz Orchestra: Rising Sun

Showing an equal fidelity to the ongoing project of Afrobeat and to the creation of contemporary grooves, the Souljazz Orchestra can confidently take their place alongside other globally dispersed proponents of Afro-modern music.

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Various: Black Man’s Cry: The Inspiration of Fela Kuti

Steel pan and cumbia versions of Fela Kuti classics, alongside more orthodox Afrobeat workouts, provide delights for crate diggers and further evidence of Fela's enduring influence.

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25 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

NOMO: Invisible Cities

Nomo imagines every city skyline as a sound wave and, building on Ghost Rock, diffuses their Afrobeat-centeric sound in directions that could get any city's party pumping.

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