Congotronics International, a supergroup of Konono Nº1 and Kasai Allstars members and guests, make their recorded debut with Where’s the One? It’s phenomenal.
Pierre Kwenders’ José Louis and the Paradox of Love is inventive and heartfelt. Kwenders isn’t simply blazing a narrow trail but opening up a cosmos.
For as much as “Malian blues” is thrown around in talking about everything from Tinariwen to Touré, Oumou Sangaré’s Timbuktu truly delivers on such a phrase.
The Ano Nobo Quartet engage heart and mind alike in their intricate debut, tapping into an acoustic folk vein bound to hit close to home for many listeners.
Ibibio Sound Machine hit new heights as they draw on the power of musical currents flowing between Lagos and London on the Hot Chip-produced Electricity.
Jeremiah Chiu and Marta Sofia Honer Build a New Sense of place on ‘Recordings From the Åland Islands’
Recordings From the Åland Islands goes beyond soundscape ambience and utopian visions of isolation and delves into the living connections between people, place, and sound.
Gonora Sounds’ Daniel Gonora sings about economic crises, tragic deaths, and social struggles from his personal history and the lives of those around him.
Sydney’s Gang of Youths make music that feels massive and Angel in Realtime is immaculately produced and loaded with the group’s natural energy.
On Bamanan, Rokia Koné spreads messages of hope, resistance, and history that further cement her relevance as simultaneously a performer and commentator.
Unorthodox subject matter and an ability to find the more macabre aspects of daily life take Marissa Nadler in fresh, less explored directions on The Wrath of the Clouds.
In an electric new video, Kasai Allstars’ constant beats, gorgeous scenery shots, and Khalab’s Afrofuturist beats come together at top speed.