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  • August 19, 2015

    Nyanza

    Owiny Sigoma already had a great story, but their new album adds a whole new layer. Born out of a British-Kenyan cross-cultural exchange in 2009, the group released the outstanding album Power Punch in 2013, an Afro-futurist mixture of traditional Luo instrumentation … Read more »

  • August 7, 2015

    The Xyclone LP

    Xyclone sounds pissed off, and for good reason. Last year, when he released the Almost There mixtape, Xyclone seemed primed for a rapid ascendancy to dancehall stardom. At that point, it had already been three years since Xyclone caught his first … Read more »

  • July 9, 2015

    Vangaza!

    Here’s a rare and special find out of southern Africa. Brian Chilala is a veteran of Zambian pop, including showings in the 1980s Zam-rock era, forays into the local skiffle genre known as kalindula, and time with one of the … Read more »

  • June 23, 2015

    Reina de Todas Las Fiestas

    Although the music of veteran Chilean band Chico Trujillo is often described generically as cumbia, they incorporate many different musical styles from across Latin America into their unique sound. They call their style cumbia chilombiana, a play on words to be sure, but pretty accurate … Read more »

  • June 23, 2015

    Adelante

    Four years ago, the world was introduced to Guadelajara’s Los Master Plus through a gloriously cheesy electro-cumbia cover of the Kings of Leon hit “Sex on Fire,” retitled “Sexo en Fuego.” The song alone was amazingly catchy, but the video … Read more »

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