The World Music Festival is a constellation of international stars—including Afrobeat scion Seun Kuti, rambunctious Cape Verdean accordionist Bitori, and Afro-Venezuelan flame keeper Betsayda Machado.
Sweet as Broken Dates reveals a dazzling world of Somali pop, much of which was stashed away nearly three decades ago to help it survive the country’s oncoming civil war.
Highlights of the 2016 World Music Festival include Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, electro-rumba innovators Ìfé, and forward-looking Indian classicists Anjna and Rajna Swaminathan.
“Cheka Sana,” a ripper from Congolese saxophonist and bandleader Verckys, is today’s 12 O’Clock Track.
Irresistible electric folklore from Amazonian Brazilian Mestre Cupijó e Seu Ritmo
Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla’s house-party jams, Last False Hope’s steel-toed bluegrass, and 14 more records reviewed.
The cream of the year-end crop of box sets and reissues
Two new multidisc sets fill out the fringes of African music and black gospel
Analog Africa digs up another chest of West African treasure: “Afro-Beat Airways” demonstrates how far the genre could range from Fela Kuti’s template.
Here’s what local musicians (and other tastemakers) were listening to in 2009.
A look at the mother lode of great African music reissued in 2008.