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  • August 4, 2015

    Moroccan Gnawa Master Mahmoud Guinea Dies

    One of the great masters of Morocco’s Gnawa tradition, Maâlem Mahmoud Guinea, died Sun., Aug. 2, in his hometown of Essaouira after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 65 years old. Best known abroad for his collaborations with … Read more »

  • August 4, 2015

    Kadongo Kamu Special—Live From Boston!

    Waltham, Massachusetts has in recent years gained an unlikely nickname: “Little Kampala.” That is because the historic mill city is currently home to about 1,500 Ugandans, two Ugandan restaurants, several churches with services in the Luganda language, and since 2009, … Read more »

  • August 1, 2015

    Two New Ethio-Rock Singles From Jano Band

    Ethio-rock act Jano Band has just dropped two new singles, “Darign” and “Yinegal.” We recently featured Jano Band in our guide to the Addis Ababa music scene, when Obama landed in the Ethiopian capital. Jano Band’s sound is an epic … Read more »

  • July 31, 2015

    Sarkodie Headlines Afrobeats Showcase at the Apollo

    Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie is headlining a powerhouse lineup of Nigerian and Ghanaian stars at the Apollo Theater on Aug. 8. For several years now, Sarkodie has been one of Ghana’s biggest stars, with his massively successful releases blurring the lines … Read more »

  • July 31, 2015

    Cheikh Lô Wins WOMEX Artist Award

    Piranha Arts, the organizers of WOMEX, the annual world music exposition, have announced that Senegalese musician Cheikh Lô will be honored with the WOMEX Artist Award for 2015. A singer, guitarist and drummer, Lô’s music is as versatile as he … Read more »

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