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Orchestra Baobab Celebrate 50 Years with Vinyl of '​Specialist in All Styles'

As Orchestra Baobab turn 50, their comeback album Specialist in All Styles gets a vinyl reissue.

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South African Folk Master Vusi Mahlasela Honors Home on 'Shebeen Queen'

South African folk master Vusi Mahlasela pays tribute to his home and family with township music on live album, Shebeen Queen.

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Hip-Hop's Raashan Ahmad Talks About His Place in 'The Sun'

On his latest work,The Sun, rapper Raashan Ahmad brings his irrepressible charisma to this set of Afrobeat-influenced hip-hop.

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Bridget Kearney and Benjamin Lazar Davis Are "Still Flying" (premiere)

Bridget Kearney and Benjamin Lazar Davis share a new video for "Still Flying" featuring Stevo Atambire. The record features music the pair created in Ghana during 2019 and includes performances from Ghanaian musicians.

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Malian Legend Oumou Sangaré Glows in Stripped-down Arrangements on 'Acoustic'

On Acoustic, Oumou Sangaré's inner world shines through with particular clarity as the Songbird of Wassoulou performs stripped-down arrangements of some of the most powerful tracks she's recorded over the last 30 years.

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Bridget Kearney and Benjamin Lazar Davis Journey to Ghana for 'Still Flying' (album stream)

Lake Street Dive and Okkervil River members Bridget Kearney and Benjamin Lazar Davis travel to Ghana to create the exhilarating new album, Still Flying. The pair talk about their musical partnership and phenomenal new music.

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Afrofuturists ONIPA Offer Uplifting, High-Energy Music via 'We No Be Machine'

London-based Afrofuturist band, ONIPA frame discussions of humanity within a pan-African sonic context on their brilliant debut, We No Be Machine.

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Oumar Konaté Radiates Passion for His Craft on 'I Love You Inna'

Oumar Konaté shreds, howls, and loves his job on new Malian blues rock release I Love You Inna.

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Hama Sankaré Bridges Malian Blues Generations on 'Niafunké'

Old and new Malian blues stars unite on calabash legend Hama Sankaré's latest solo album, Niafunké.

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Bryony Jarman-Pinto Dazzles with Genre-Bending Debut 'Cage and Aviary'

London's Bryony Jarman-Pinto explores R&B, jazz, and Afropop in exhilarating fashion to create her unforgettable debut, Cage and Aviary.

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Moken Creates a Form of Avant-Afropop on "Machine Man" (premiere)

Idiosyncratic troubadour Moken returns with a story from his life as only he can tell it in the new video for "Machine Man".

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20 Questions: Sinkane

Sinkane's latest album, Dépaysé, is the sound of a one-man revolution that has begun not with the shots of a gun, but with the purposeful strums of a guitar. He answers PopMatters' 20 Questions.

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The Power of Pop Triumphs Over Xenophobia on Sinkane's 'Dépaysé'

On his new release Dépaysé, Sinkane puts the justified outrage over the US Muslim travel ban and systemic discrimination in general to music.

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20 Questions: Ibibio Sound Machine

Beloved London collective Ibibio Sound Machine merges African pop styles with sleek synth aesthetics and they are back with a new album and plenty of opinions on Brexit, Bob Marley, and (of course) Thor.

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Salif Keita Bids Farewell to 50 years as "The Golden Voice of Africa" with 'Un Autre Blanc'

The basic human rights of albinistic people have long been a theme in Salif Keita's activism and music, and on Un Autre Blanc, the album the artist says will be his last, such is still the case.

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Samba Touré Speaks the Truth on 'Wande'

Malian desert blues musician Samba Touré speaks his barebones truth on the striking Wande.

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Jupiter and Okwess' 'Kin Sonic' Is One of the Most Unique Afropop Albums This Year

Raw power and sharp technique make for hard-edged funk on Jupiter and Okwess' Kin Sonic.

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Burkina Faso Artist Pierre Sandwidi's Recordings Collected on 'La Troubadour De La Savane 1978-1982'

Time-worn recordings of Upper Voltaic singer Pierre Sandwidi offer distorted synths and a look at Burkina Faso cultural history.

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Angélique Kidjo Remakes the Talking Heads' 'Remain in Light' and Pays Tribute to Nigerian Influences

Angélique Kidjo takes on a classic Talking Heads record with grace and aplomb on Remain in Light.

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Sidi Touré Throws All of Himself Into the Ecstatic Desert Blues of 'Toubalbero'

Toubalbero expands the desert blues concept as Sidi Touré creates ecstatic compositions from familiar sonic elements.

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Sudan Archives Takes an Afrofuturist Approach on New EP 'Sink'

New EP Sink reinforces violinist Sudan Archives' cosmic creative vision.

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'Fenfo' Proves Fatoumata Diawara Is One of the Most Dynamic Voices in Afropop

Fatoumata Diawara's know-how, musicality, and sense of self all come together, and Fenfo proves her to be one of the most dynamic voices in Afropop today.

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Moken's Story-telling Contains Colorful Characters on "A Bone to Grind with Einstein" (premiere)

Moken brings wit and style to a battle between Mark Twain and Albert Einstein in his new video "A Bone to Grind with Einstein".

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Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness Get Funky on the Rocking "Ihawu" (premiere)

Combining psychedelic rock, funk, and sometimes even hip-hop, B.C.U.C.'s release of "Ihawu" comes ahead of new album Emakhosini, due out 20 April on Buda Musique.

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Hamad Kalkaba and the Golden Sounds: Hamad Kalkaba and the Golden Sounds 1974-1975

Soul, brass, and gandjal rhythms bring a new energy to the Analog Africa repertoire via Cameroonian funk rock band Hamad Kalkaba and the Golden Sounds.

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Gili Yalo: Gili Yalo (album review)

With funk, jazz, and futuristic brass, Gili Yalo's debut album introduces us to an artist who knows his roots and aims to actualize his own potential.

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Boubacar Traoré: Dounia Tabolo

Mali's last original bluesman, Boubacar Traoré, takes a trip to the Mississippi Delta on trans-Atlantic triumph Dounia Tabolo.

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Leila Gobi: 2017

On new album 2017, Afropop artist Leila Gobi is a one-woman sugar rush.

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Sudan Archives: Sudan Archives

Whatever you think you know about violin music, forget it. On her debut EP, Sudan Archives redefines what four strings can do.

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Mamadou Kelly: Politiki

The desert meets the Deep South on the easy and low-key Politiki.

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Slice of Life: Sinkane Lives it Up With His Latest Work, 'Life & Livin It'

Sinkane’s counterintuitive approach to making (and performing) his music forces his roots to show unabashedly in ways that are almost punkishly defiant.

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The Very Best: MTMTMK

A slam-bang dance pop album of the first order -- score one for global musical community.

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Antibalas Release First Ever Video "Dirty Money"

Antibalas respond to the financial crisis and the Occupy movement on their new upcoming album.


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