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  • October 17, 2016

    Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki wa Dansi Classics

    Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki wa Dansi Classics is Stern’s latest deep dive into the reservoir of classic East African pop music from the AI Records archives. The two-disc set, compiled by U.K. (and one time Dar es Salaam) -based … Read more »

  • October 12, 2016

    Struggle Sounds

    “Struggle music, struggle sounds” are the opening words on ”Struggle Sounds,” one of three tracks on a new EP from Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, also entitled Struggle Sounds. It straight away lays bare the raw sentiment embodied in all … Read more »

  • October 7, 2016


    A few brisk chops of rhythm guitar, a rock-solid James Brown-style funk beat, and we are back in familiar Vaudou Game territory. The new album Kidayú, out now on Hot Casa Records, opens with “Natural Vaudou,” an impassioned celebration of … Read more »

  • September 8, 2016


    Metá Metá’s new album, MM3, finds the Brazilian band trimming down song lengths and solos in favor of tightly wound grooves. Thiago França’s saxophone playing, which on previous releases was allowed multiple minute-long tantrums, now takes a contained place in the … Read more »

  • August 30, 2016

    Camaleão Borboleta

    Chalk up another win for Brazil as a land of musical savants. The six members of Graveola apparently had minimal training in music when they formed this collective as college students in 2004. Originally called Graveola e o Lixo Polifônico … Read more »

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