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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.

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.

Ekiti Sound Premieres the Sensuously-Charged “aLAcarte pt. 2”

Ekiti Sound Premieres the Sensuously-Charged “aLAcarte pt. 2”

“aLAcarte pt. 2” offers another sweet slice of Ekiti Sound’s culturally-spiced pie. It’s a sensuously shuddering, percussive jam that is as minimal as deep.

Kimi Djabaté’s African Pop Moves Hearts and Hips on ‘Dindin’

Kimi Djabaté’s African Pop Moves Hearts and Hips on ‘Dindin’

Kimi Djabaté’s Dindin is an invitation to fellowship for Africans and beyond and a call to take care of unfinished business with kindness and compassion.

Ibibio Sound Machine Bring the Electrofunk with Hot Chip-Produced ‘Electricity’

Ibibio Sound Machine Bring the Electrofunk with Hot Chip-Produced ‘Electricity’

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.

Experimental Duo Raja Kirik ‘Rampoken’

Experimental Duo Raja Kirik ‘Rampoken’

Indonesian experimental duo Raja Kirik force a scuffle between seemingly disparate entities, at once alarming, joyous, and defiant on Rampoken.

Rey Sapienz and the Congo Techno Ensemble Debut with Viscerally Stunning ‘Na Zala Zala’

Rey Sapienz and the Congo Techno Ensemble Debut with Viscerally Stunning ‘Na Zala Zala’

Rey Sapienz and the Congo Techno Ensemble’s jarring electronics and vocals are distressing by design, telling stories through multiple musical dimensions and flexing their skill for invention.

Ten Years Ago, ‘4’ Found Beyoncé Running and Challenging the World

Ten Years Ago, ‘4’ Found Beyoncé Running and Challenging the World

While 4 didn’t showcase peak Beyoncé, it nonetheless hinted at how she’d shape popular culture for decades to come.

Angélique Kidjo Continues to Shine with Timely ‘Mother Nature’

Angélique Kidjo Continues to Shine with Timely ‘Mother Nature’

The common thread on Mother Nature is Angélique Kidjo’s energy, shining through in a voice that never seems to lose strength or agility.

Afrobeat’s El’Vee Celebrate the Love of Football on New Single “Balotelli”

Afrobeat’s El’Vee Celebrate the Love of Football on New Single “Balotelli”

British-Nigerian twin sisters El’Vee bring thrilling Afrobeat textures to UK electronic club music on their latest single, “Balotelli”.

Jupiter and Okwess Work on a Larger Scale Than Ever Before on ‘Na Kozonga’

Jupiter and Okwess Work on a Larger Scale Than Ever Before on ‘Na Kozonga’

Na Kozonga is Jupiter and Okwess at a larger scale than ever before. They rise to those new heights in front of them, drawing on styles from around the world.

Femi Kuti’s ‘Stop the Hate’ Reminds That Optimism Doesn’t Have to Mean Compromise

Femi Kuti’s ‘Stop the Hate’ Reminds That Optimism Doesn’t Have to Mean Compromise

Unity and positivity in the face of widespread corruption and oppression continue to be key aims of Femi Kuti’s music on Stop the Hate.