Articles tagged world music

Bitori: Legend of Funaná - The Forbidden Music of the Cape Verde Islands

Accordion-fueled revolution reigns on the first worldwide release of an album of Cabo Verdean classics.

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23 Nov 2016 // 10:15 AM

The Peace: Black Power

When the Summer of Love meets 1970s Zambia, the result is fuzzy, free, and guaranteed to make anyone cooler.

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Alsarah and the Nubatones: Manara

Alsarah and the Nubatones blend classic Afropop and subtle electronic sounds to write a bold, beautiful new page in contemporary African 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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15 Nov 2016 // 12:00 PM

Tinariwen (+IO:I) - Ténéré Tàqqàl (Singles Going Steady)

Here, the Sahara's own rock stars lament the current state of their home desert, of the constant power struggles that stain the region.

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Bossacucanova: The Best of Bossacucanova

To take a beloved classic and update it is always a risky endeavor. Bossacucanova has made a career out of it.

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19 Oct 2016 // 12:00 PM

Caetano Veloso and the Poetry of Protest

Veloso's revolution has always been one of color and light, pop and poetry, psychedelic experimentation and indigenous tradition.

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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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17 Oct 2016 // 9:30 AM

Piers Faccini - ‘I Dreamed an Island’ (album stream) (premiere)

World music master Piers Faccini couldn’t have picked a better time to release his new album, I Dreamed an Island, which celebrates cultural diversity

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14 Oct 2016 // 1:10 AM

Jah Wobble: In Dub

This collection of selections and collaborations spanning 30 years confirms Jah Wobble as the foremost interpreter and practitioner of dub on the global scale. He is a consummate musician to boot.

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11 Oct 2016 // 1:20 AM

Acid Arab: Musique de France

Parisian electronic music crew Acid Arab embark on a transcultural sonic journey that seeks to resolve the political and ideological differences in which many on the continent are currently embroiled.

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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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Slavic Soul Party!: Live at Barbès - The Far East Suite

Matt Moran and his merry band usher a late-period Ellington masterwork gracefully into middle age.

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Söndörgő: Live Wires

Five years of live performances fueled with tight, hypnotic energy and ready to turn all preconceived notions of Hungarian music upside-down.

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Graveola: Camaleão Borboleta

With a new experiment every track, Graveola's latest charts a psychedelic journey through Brazil.

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Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra: Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra

Original Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and Haiti's finest musicians come together to create tropical psychedelia with a space-age vibe.

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Various: Nigeria Freedom Sounds!: Popular Music and the Birth of Independent Nigeria 1960-1963

This new Soul Jazz Records set is pure listening pleasure and a perfect jumping off point for listeners curious about popular music beyond Europe and North America.

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Changüí Majadero - “Vamos Pal Guaso” (video) (premeire)

Hypnotically repetitive and gloriously syncopated, "Vamos Pal Guaso" is captivating and liberating.

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Various: Tanbou Toujou Lou - Merengue, Kompa Kreyou, Vodou Jazz and Electric Folklore from Haiti

What it lacks in any immediately identifiable musical and geographic point of origin, this collection of mid-20th Century Haitian recordings more than makes up for in its unique cultural and stylistic fusion.

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Various Artists: Hungarian Noir: A Tribute to the Gloomy Sunday

The curse of "Gloomy Sunday" may or may not be lifted, but we are still left with one of the most tedious musical exercises that I have come across in some time.

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