First things first. The gyil is a traditional West African xylophone with dried gourd resonators hung below most or all of its hardwood keys. (A similar instrument is called a “balafon” in Francophone Africa.) It’s usually tuned pentatonically, and its full, luminous tone is haloed with a cicada-like buzz, created by vibrating membranes made from […]
Two stunning photography books that came out in 2017 focus on jazz in France and traditional music from around the world.
Current musical obsessions of John Corbett of Corbett vs. Dempsey and filmmaker Brian Ashby
A YouTube find from Thailand
spotlights the provincialism of year-end best-of lists.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but I get a kick out of it when people stoop to insults and name-calling.
A look at the mother lode of great African music reissued in 2008.
Nat Pwe: Burma’s Carnival of Spirit Soul DVD Jemaa el Fna: Morocco’s Rendezvous of the Dead, Night Music of Marrakech DVD Folk Music of the Sahara: Among the Tuareg of Libya DVD and other releases on the Sublime Frequencies label On my first visit to Turkey a decade ago my efforts to find the sort […]