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  • review October 6, 2015


    This is Cheikh Lô’s fifth album since he burst onto the international scene in 1996 with Ne La Thiass. That release introduced an impressive new artist with a highly personal fusion of fiery, percussive Senegalese mbalax pop, cool Afro-Latin grooves, … Read more »

  • review September 28, 2015

    In Conclusion

    We don’t hear a lot from Burkina Faso, unless, as in recent days, there’s an outbreak of political instability. But here’s a voice from this dry West African nation we should know better. Amadou Balaké was born in 1944 and … Read more »

  • interview September 24, 2015

    Paulo Flores Interview

    Paulo Flores of Angola may not be a household name in African music circles, but he should be. This singer/songwriter/bandleader first raised eyebrows in Luanda in 1988 when he recorded a solo album at age 16 at Radio National de … Read more »

  • program September 24, 2015

    Three Survivors: Paulo Flores, Emmanuel Jal, Lágbájá

    We profile three African musicians who have created significant careers in the face of daunting challenges in their countries. Paulo Flores, champion of semba and kizomba in Angola, came of age in the midst of that country’s long post-independence civil … Read more »

  • interview September 24, 2015

    Lágbájá Talks Career, New Music, and the Nigerian Scene

    Lágbájá is one of the more unusual voices in Nigerian popular music. Since his arrival on the scene in the early ‘90s, he has stuck with his habit of not showing his face as an artist. His music is equally … Read more »

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