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The Best World Music of 2009
9 Dec 2009 // 4:00 PM
In 2009, well-known artists reliably produced solid albums, lesser-known artists did things that were often surprising and successful, archives were trawled by enthusiasts, old songs were excavated, polished, and compiled, and labels both large and small kept moving stubbornly on.
Homesickness: Refugees and the Balm That Is Music
9 Oct 2013 // 9:14 PM
By reaffirming refugees' cultural identity while simultaneously offering inroads into their new home, music has helped a number of displaced peoples carve out a place of their own.
Mulatu Astatke: Mulatu Steps Ahead
6 Jul 2010 // 5:00 PM
The father of Ethio-jazz continues to bring the best out of his collaborators, offering glimpses of the unfamiliar amidst familiar materials and capturing experience with quiet majesty.
Mulatu Astatke: New York, Addis, London; The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975
16 Nov 2009 // 4:00 PM
Astatke has a great capacity for intelligent play, the James Joyce kind of innovation that isn't afraid to be slangy and entertaining at the same time that it chases a serious purpose.