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  • August 27, 2015

    Sauti za Busara Festival Canceled For 2016

    Zanzibar’s long-running Sauti za Busara Festival recently announced the cancellation of its 2016 edition, scheduled for February of next year. The annual festival, one of the largest in East Africa, ran for the last 12 years in Zanzibar’s Stone Town … Read more »

  • August 27, 2015

    Los Van Van at B.B. King’s in New York

    Los Van Van is the towering giant of Cuban music in the post-revolution era. The band’s founder and leader, bassist Juan Formell, died in 2014 at 71. His son Juan Carlos Formell has taken up the leadership mantle, and based … Read more »

  • August 26, 2015

    Awesome Tapes From Africa Drops Nigerian Gospel Mix

    Sing hallelujah! Awesome Tapes from Africa, the blog/record label/purveyor of the finest obscure African cassettes, has put together a new mix of old-school Nigerian gospel, along with tracks from some secular Nigerian and South African cassettes that label owner Brian … Read more »

  • August 25, 2015

    Tal National and the Bubu Gang: High Energy Afro-Rock at Poisson Rouge

    High-energy African music went down at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge club on Aug. 19. Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang kicked things off with a relentless set of electro-trance music in the style Nabay has created out … Read more »

  • August 24, 2015

    Adieu, Mariem Hassan

    Mariem Hassan, a tremendously talented Sahrawi singer, passed away on Sun., Aug. 22, in a Sahrawi refugee camp near Tinduf, Algeria. Hassan was born in 1958 in Ued Tazua, a village in what was then known as Spanish Sahara, to a family of nomadic … Read more »

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