worldbeat

Baaba Maal Makes a Refreshing Electropop Return with ‘Being’

Baaba Maal Makes a Refreshing Electropop Return with ‘Being’

Worldbeat master Baaba Maal’s musical homecoming on Being is not myopic or static but embraces motion through space, time, and sound.

Amadou & Mariam’s 10-Year-Old ‘Folila’ Has Always Been a Masterpiece

Amadou & Mariam’s 10-Year-Old ‘Folila’ Has Always Been a Masterpiece

In collaborating with hip indie acts, Amadou & Mariam met with critical rebuke. Ten years on, Folila is a masterpiece that bridges the gap between two sonic worlds.

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”.

On Peter Gabriel’s “I Have the Touch” in a Time of Forbidden Touch

On Peter Gabriel’s “I Have the Touch” in a Time of Forbidden Touch

Peter Gabriel’s “I Have the Touch” perfectly captures the agonizing isolation that so many of us have been experiencing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Talking Heads’ Chris Frantz Doesn’t Miss a Beat With ‘Remain in Love’ Story

Talking Heads’ Chris Frantz Doesn’t Miss a Beat With ‘Remain in Love’ Story

There's a whole lotta love (and maybe a little hate) in the captivating new memoir by Chris Frantz, who is an open book while talking about life with Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, and wife Tina Weymouth in this candid interview.

Art Feynman Creates Refreshing Worldbeat Pop on ‘Half Price at 3:30’

Art Feynman Creates Refreshing Worldbeat Pop on ‘Half Price at 3:30’

On Half Price at 3:30, Art Feynman again proves himself adept at building colorful worlds from unexpected and well-placed aural flourishes.

Meet Malawi’s Katawa Singers via the Retrospective ‘Ufulu 1991-1997’

Meet Malawi’s Katawa Singers via the Retrospective ‘Ufulu 1991-1997’

The electro-gospel choir, Katawa Singers, are legendary in their native Malawi, and the retrospective Ufulu 1991-1997 helps show why.

Greece’s Evritiki Zygia Hypnotize with Thracian Psychedelic Folk on ‘Ormenion’

Greece’s Evritiki Zygia Hypnotize with Thracian Psychedelic Folk on ‘Ormenion’

Evritiki Zygia's Ormenion has a ferocity that speaks to the tenacity of old traditions as well as to a progressive spirit. It's nothing short of hypnotic.

Dengue Dengue Dengue – ‘Zenit & Nadir’ (Track By Track)

Dengue Dengue Dengue – ‘Zenit & Nadir’ (Track By Track)

Peru's Dengue Dengue Dengue release their fourth album Zenit & Nadir today via Enchufada and it expands beyond their earlier success in the electro cumbia scene into a greater variety of rhythms and approaches.

Electro-Worldbeat’s Azam Ali Shares Mesmering Video for “Phantoms” Ahead of New LP (premiere)

Electro-Worldbeat’s Azam Ali Shares Mesmering Video for “Phantoms” Ahead of New LP (premiere)

Electro/worldbeat singer, songwriter, producer Azam Ali steps out of Niyaz for a solo turn to pay tribute to '80s synthpop heroes on "Phantoms".

20 Questions: Sinkane

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.