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  • April 21, 2016

    Odze Odze

    Here’s one for you to pull out whenever you need to inject a little bit of sunshine into your day. The Jagger Botchway Group’s recently released album Odze Odze drenches highlife, traditional Ghanaian rhythms, and Afro-funk in the bright, shiny, … Read more »

  • April 14, 2016

    Wa Di Yo

    Formed after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational band that’s something of a celebration of Haiti itself. Spanning their country’s geographic borders, as well as its considerable musical breadth, Wa Di Yo, Lakou Mizik’s debut album for … Read more »

  • April 8, 2016

    Music of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles 1959

    Paul Bowles is a singular, maverick figure whose life and work intertwine music, literature and pop culture in the 20th century. As a young American writer and composer, he first traveled to Morocco with Aaron Copland in 1931. He fell … Read more »

  • April 7, 2016

    Desdes

    Like a precocious kid at show-and-tell, Awesome Tapes from Africa has once again shown up with something intriguing: This time it’s a record by Awalom Gebremariam, who recorded Desdes in Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, in 2007, before leaving for a refugee … Read more »

  • April 1, 2016

    Azel

    Bombino is unique among the Tuareg rock acts so popular on the global tour circuit these days. He’s a singer/songwriter/guitarist from Niger, a man on his own, not part of a collective like Tinariwen, Terakaft, Tamikrest, Imarhan or Amanar—all of … Read more »

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