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Features

Wednesday, December 9 2009

The Best World Music of 2009

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.


Columns

Wednesday, October 9 2013

Homesickness: Refugees and the Balm That Is Music

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.


Reviews

Tuesday, July 6 2010

Mulatu Astatke: Mulatu Steps Ahead

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.


Monday, November 16 2009

Mulatu Astatke: New York, Addis, London; The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975

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.


Thursday, June 18 2009

Mulatu Astatke/The Heliocentrics: Inspiration Information 3

This is not a collection of genre exercises -- just uninhibited cross-pollination by an ensemble cast whose creativity knows no bounds.


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