Jordan Ryan Pedersen looks at Strut's new collection of disco/R&B innovator Patrice Rushen's Elektra years.
Jordan Ryan Pedersen on the momentous occasion of the release of a new Nigeria 70 compilation.
Beyond the ease with which I can illegally stream NBA playoff games, the best part of living in the present might be the wealth of lost tapes that seem to pop up every year. Old Tesla reels to reels lost to time suddenly emerge and sound better than anything recorded in recent memory. Rodion G.A. […]
This is easily the most joyous adaptation of a war song you will hear today (unless you’re on a Ken Burns kick). Ghanian Highlife legend Ebo Taylor has a new record out on the mighty Strut and the septuagenarian Afro-Soul king has managed to stave off all erosion. The LP has guest spots from the […]
So says the Yoruba proverb that inspires “E Ma S’eka” by Bola Johnson & The Easy Life Top Beats. The phrase is a prayer for good luck — a votive aspiring for existence to be bountiful and yamtastic, an ideal that even Kanye couldn’t disapprove of. And indeed, Nigerian music at the dawn of the […]
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Soweto, the most infamous apartheid stronghold, has received the brunt of attention from crate-diggers panning forĀ  gold via the largely unknown outfits that perfected their craft in isolated township halls. Described by “trombonist Jonas Gwangwa as the “soundtrack for knife fights between local and visiting criminal gangs,” the bands culled for the Next Stop…Soweto series […]
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