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  • May 1, 2015

    Zoy Zoy

    Early in the rainy season, much of the precipitation that comes to southern Niger falls in intense, if short-lived thunderstorms. Tal National, a band formed in Niger’s capital city Niamey, has songs that gather and break in the same way. … Read more »

  • April 21, 2015

    Ancient Future

    It would be hard to find someone who actively dislikes roots reggae. It would also be hard to find many truly great roots reggae albums recorded in the last decade or so. With Ancient Future, Protoje has created a record that … Read more »

  • April 6, 2015

    Free Love

    It’s hard not to come in rooting for Fantasma on Free Love, the first album from the multifaceted South African group, but it’s also hard not to come away from it a bit confused. Over the course of the record’s 14 … Read more »

  • April 6, 2015

    Lost and Found

    Well, they did it: The product of accidental visa problems for Malian musicians in France, the Buena Vista Social Club has at last ended the animosity between Cuba and the United States and now the band is entitled to its … Read more »

  • March 26, 2015

    Next Stop Soweto Vol. 4

    We hold these truths to be self-evident: that there was (and is) more great South African music than it could ever be possible to listen to, that a great deal of it is rhythmically mindblowing, in that super-distinctive four-on-the-floor-that-still-swings South … Read more »

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