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Born-Free South Africa: A Kaleidoscope of Colors

Join us on a modern-day musical adventure into Africa’s Rainbow Nation. Now, 20-plus years removed from apartheid, South Africa is a nation deep in transition. And, it’s reflected in its music—brimming with enthusiasm and creativity, yet also suffering from the … Read more »

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    Mezcla

    Mezcla is an unruly album both by design and default, and that is just as it should be. After several years and four albums, New York-based M.A.K.U. Soundsystem decided to record live in the studio in order to capture the … Read more »

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    Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed

    For a nation with a population barely larger than that of Staten Island, the quantity and quality of music that comes out of the archipelago of Cape Verde is astounding. With the late, great Cesaria Evora as its internationally revered … Read more »

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    Novíssima Música Brasileira

    Apart from the United States, the only other country in the Western Hemisphere that listens to more of its own homegrown music than imported international music is Brazil. Some of this can be attributed to the fact that, with over … Read more »

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    Wiyaala

    In case the cover art doesn’t tip you off, Noella Wiyaala is sometimes referred to as the “Young Lioness of Africa.” The nickname refers to her activism—working to abolish child marriage and campaigning for women’s right to education—but by the … Read more »

Mezcla

Mezcla is an unruly album both by design and default, and that is just as it should be. After several years and four albums, New York-based M.A.K.U. Soundsystem decided to record live in the studio in order to capture the … Read more »

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