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Jamaica: Big A Yard, Big Abroad

Since the 1960s in Jamaica, iconic figures such as Bob Marley have gathered in backyards to write reggae anthems that conquered world charts. The yard remains a cornerstone in Jamaican culture. Musicians withdraw from the violence of the city to … Read more »

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A Conversation With Pedrito Martínez: Part Two

Cuban master musician Pedrito Martínez talks about his career playing jazz, pop and original music, and sacred regla de ocha ceremonies in New York City. Produced and hosted by Ned Sublette with Kenneth Schweitzer [Distributed 9/13/2016]

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  • Samba

    No one else sounds like Vieux Farka Touré, and Vieux never sounds like anyone else. His latest album, Samba, was recorded live in Woodstock, NY, to capture the energy the Malian guitar virtuoso exudes on stage. The results are a … Read more »

  • The Nile Project: Live in Boston

    The third U.S. tour by the shape-shifting, musical/environmental/activist phenomenon known as the Nile Project thrilled a packed house at the Somerville Theater in Boston on April 15. The concert, presented by World Music/CRASH Arts, came near the end of the … Read more »

  • Bennu

    Good music has the power to transport. Especially on the dance floor, the right soundtrack can make you close your eyes, leave everything behind and travel to new places. The new album Bennu from Wonderwheel delivers this type of experience. … Read more »

  • Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng

    This is the third album since Orchestra Baobab, the legendary Senegalese dance band—pioneers of the re-Africanization of Afro-Latin music in the 1970s—regrouped in 2002. But it’s been 10 years since their last album, so you could call this a third … Read more »

Samba

No one else sounds like Vieux Farka Touré, and Vieux never sounds like anyone else. His latest album, Samba, was recorded live in Woodstock, NY, to capture the energy the Malian guitar virtuoso exudes on stage. The results are a … Read more »

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