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Sunday, February 12 2012

Sibiri Samake: Dambe Foli

System Krush has done the right thing and given us tracks that are long.


Wednesday, November 2 2011

Question Mark: Be Nice to the People

Question Mark is not Fela Kuti, not Victor Uwaifo, not trying to rewrite musical history, just contributing to it.


Tuesday, April 12 2011

Various Artists: Sofrito:Tropical Discotheque

Presented with a simple problem -- "How do you make people dance?" -- we find 15 ways to respond, all of them different and none of them wrong.


Monday, November 22 2010

‘Lost Kingdoms of Africa’: The Very Concept of ‘Kingdom’ May Have Originated In Southern Africa

The world needs to comprehend the complex, bloody history of the so-called 'Dark Continent', with all its attendant ironies and contradictions.


Tuesday, August 17 2010

Various Artists: Congo; Pont Sur le Congo / Sénégal; Echo Musical / Côte d’Ivoire; We

The time period covered on these discs should be familiar territory to aficionados of African retrospective compilations, even if some of the bands have been so underexposed outside Africa that they feel like newcomers.


Thursday, January 28 2010

Various Artists: Africa Boogaloo: The Latinization of West Africa

Thirteen songs, 55 minutes, and a time frame stretching from 1960 to the end of the '70s were never going to leave us with anything more than a sketch.


Sunday, November 29 2009

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou: Echos Hypnotiques: From the Vaults of Albarika Store 1969-1979

The relentlessness of this music is exhilarating, the thickness of it, the groove, the band's refusal to let the listener slow down.


Thursday, November 19 2009

Various Artists: Footsteps in Africa; A Nomadic Journey

A compilation of varied but smartly integrated tracks.


Thursday, September 3 2009

Kimi Djabate: Karam

Kimi Djabate sings like a neighborhood storyteller who just happens to have a good voice.


Monday, May 18 2009

Mamane Barka: Introducing Mamane Barka

If you want a biram album then this is obviously the one to buy. It's not as if you've got much choice.


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