A year after the death of pioneering Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen, a posthumous album highlights his work with younger generations.
The Afro-Brazilian grooves on Bixiga 70’s Quebra Cabeça could get your feet moving on a mortuary slab.
Current musical obsessions of veteran singer-songwriter Susan Werner, musician and artist Scott Montgomery, and Reader coeditor in chief Karen Hawkins
Leon “Kaleta” Ligan-Majek came into his talents in the early 80s—at exactly the right time to bridge two disparate genres of Nigerian music. Kaleta’s family relocated to Lagos from his native Benin during his adolescence, and after playing guitar and singing in church he began performing professionally throughout Nigeria. While he was still a young […]
Current musical obsessions of AMFM gallery founder Ciera Mckissick, Drama singer Via Rosa, and Reader writer Leor Galil
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.
New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue
With Finding Fela, Alex Gibney tries to get his arms around Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.
A short roundup of and craft brews and events about town
Ghanaian highlife and Afrobeat great Ebo Taylor hits his stride in his mid-70s with a new studio album.
Fela! follows the life of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti
Columbia College professor Dan Dinello marks his retirement with a retrospective of his independent films
Recommended events paired with nearby restaurants.
The documentary “Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon,” about the Afrobeat pioneer, screens Thursday in the Black World Cinema Series.
The documentary “Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon,” about the Afrobeat pioneer, screens Thursday in the Black World Cinema Series.