Adriane Pontecorvo

Adriane Pontecorvo is a native San Franciscan with a penchant for global beats. She is a music programmer for community radio station WFHB and studies ethnomusicology at Indiana University.
L’étrangleuse Find Artful Balance with ‘Ambiance Argile’

L’étrangleuse Find Artful Balance with ‘Ambiance Argile’

L’étrangleuse’s music draws from all sides of the Mediterranean and beyond, creating something new and categorically nebulous in a way that works well.

The Zawose Queens Shine on Their Triumphant Debut ‘Maisha’

The Zawose Queens Shine on Their Triumphant Debut ‘Maisha’

The Zawose Queens’ Maisha is a triumph, an endlessly satisfying assemblage of textures and timbres embodying a bold sonic spectrum of traditions.

Remi Kabaka’s Jubilant ‘Roots Funkadelia’ Is Reissued

Remi Kabaka’s Jubilant ‘Roots Funkadelia’ Is Reissued

Roots Funkadelia is a joy of a record with Remi Kabaka and company celebrating West African popular sounds and everything they’ve generated in the diaspora.

‘Azerbaijani Gitara Volume 2’ Displays Rəhman Məmmədli’s Guitar Genius

‘Azerbaijani Gitara Volume 2’ Displays Rəhman Məmmədli’s Guitar Genius

Azerbaijan’s Rəhman Məmmədli dazzles, deserving of recognition for his imaginative reconfigurations of longstanding forms and palpably impassioned playing.

Communal Grooves Are Unstoppable on Aba Diop’s ‘Revolution Sabar’

Communal Grooves Are Unstoppable on Aba Diop’s ‘Revolution Sabar’

Aba Diop’s commanding voice soars at an electrifying pitch on every song, calling out local histories, genealogies, and moral messages: a human archive.

‘Ghana Special 2’ Chronicles an Innovative Chapter in Highlife History

‘Ghana Special 2’ Chronicles an Innovative Chapter in Highlife History

Ghana Special 2 possesses a wide range of styles. The 18 substantial tracks are packed with synths, horns, and driving beats.

Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti and Frank Rosaly’s ‘MESTIZX’ Is a Cosmic Collage

Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti and Frank Rosaly’s ‘MESTIZX’ Is a Cosmic Collage

MESTIZX is unquestionably cosmic, but it’s also grounded in the real lives and spaces of artists who refuse to be broken into cultural shards.

Desperate Times Call for Poetic Protest From Cyril Cyril

Desperate Times Call for Poetic Protest From Cyril Cyril

Cyril Cyril’s Le Futur Ça Marche Pas is for agitators, a genre-be-damned assemblage of poetry and vivid effects in the form of well-produced electronic rock.

Mdou Moctar Holds Nothing Back on Extraordinary ‘Funeral for Justice’

Mdou Moctar Holds Nothing Back on Extraordinary ‘Funeral for Justice’

Even by Mdou Moctar’s high standards, Funeral for Justice is extraordinary. Its music and lyrics are searing, and the messages are essential in 2024.

‘Once We Had a Home’ Uplifts Rohingya Refugee Voices

‘Once We Had a Home’ Uplifts Rohingya Refugee Voices

Home records vocal expressions of pain, love, and life at Kutupalong, bringing Rohingya refugee experiences into its audiences’ aural consciousnesses.

Ibibio Sound Machine Elevate Their Sound on ‘Pull the Rope’

Ibibio Sound Machine Elevate Their Sound on ‘Pull the Rope’

Ibibio Sound Machine have gone from exciting transcontinental party upstarts to a soulful, sophisticated phenomenon. Pull the Rope is a refreshing new chapter.

Jembaa Groove’s Jazzy Highlife Is Beautiful on ‘Ye Ankasa’

Jembaa Groove’s Jazzy Highlife Is Beautiful on ‘Ye Ankasa’

Berlin’s Jembaa Groove tap into the sonic palettes of African and diasporic forms like highlife and jazz to create a truly elevated work of art.