Articles tagged west africa

12 Feb 2012 // 9:00 PM

Sibiri Samake: Dambe Foli

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

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Various Artists: Footsteps in Africa; A Nomadic Journey

A compilation of varied but smartly integrated tracks.

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3 Sep 2009 // 8:57 PM

Kimi Djabate: Karam

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

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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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Various Artists: Marvellous Boy: Calypso From West Africa

The tracks are stubbornly various, each song unexpected.

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Various Artists: Living is Hard

Living is Hard is a compilation that deserved to be made, not only because the music is beautiful and worth hearing, but because it offers us a glance into the idea of continuity, of the flow of time.

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Various Artists: World Circuit Presents

Eschewing chronology for style, World Circuit manages to create a coherent yet deliciously eclectic mix.

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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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