Current musical obsessions of pop R&B artist Jordanna, violinist and composer Lucy Little, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
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.
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is “Eti Gual Blenai,” from the keyboardist’s overlooked 1977 classic Tche Belew.
Brian Shimkovitz plays tapes for dancers.
A track from the 1994 breakthrough album by South Africa’s Penny Penny
Awesome Tapes From Africa releases an Ethiopian obscurity from Hailu Mergia of the Wallias Band.
Forgotten music from Somalia’s better days
The great music blog Awesome Tapes From Africa starts a record label with a reissue from Nahawa Doumbia.