On the latest Afro Jams of the week, Leonel highlights Gospel Amapiano from Zambia, Afro-fusions from Togo and Rwanda, a Traditional Malian bop and some sinister batida from Cape Verde.
Jordan Ryan Pedersen on the momentous occasion of the release of a new Nigeria 70 compilation.
Strut Records is re-issuing music from the great Tanzanian rock band, Sunburst.
Lua Demeny talks with Pierre Kwenders about the stupidity of World Music as a genre, Igloofest, and high fashion.
Bombino's new album promises to be great because the Black Keys are nowhere near it.
The leaders of Egypt's Electro-Chaabi rap movement continue to thrive
Now Jordan Pedersen really wants to go to Angola too. “Write what you know,” they say. Great advice, except if what you know is boring as sin. Not that that’s a problem for Lisbon DJ Batida. According to an interview with iCrates, Pedro Coquenão was born in Angola but came up in Lisbon. He grew up […]
Peter Holslin was a pizza in a past life There’s hypnotic music, and then there’s Kasai Allstars. Hailing from the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, this regional supergroup—whose 15 core members belong to five different ethnic groups, each with its own language and musical tradition—specializes in a mix of melodious xylophone, fuzzed-out likembe, […]
For those who don’t know: Seun Kuti, the youngest son of god, continues to tour the world playing his father’s music with his old backing band, creating a own modern version of afro-beat. The affect is sort of like Dam-Funk if Dam-Funk was in the actual bloodline of Roger Troutman. A few days ago, Seun […]
Another episode of Shots Fired, another blog post in which I awkwardly ramble about the title of said episode. But Nocando pointed out that Africa is the cradle of civilization, so technically, it is everyone’s Motherland. All qualifies aside, this is one of my favorite episodes that we’ve done. The first half is devoted to […]