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  • January 21, 2016

    Soul Sok Séga: Séga Sounds From Mauritius 1973-1979

    You can know a lot or a little about séga music, but even if you don’t know where Mauritius is, know this: You gotta hear Strut Records new compilation Soul Sok Séga. The ’60s-70s funk anthology is the world’s best … Read more »

  • January 14, 2016

    The Traveller

    After nearly 40 years of diverse music making, Senegal’s Baaba Maal can do whatever he likes. And he does. On his first international release in some seven years, he once again surprises us with an album that is part ambient … Read more »

  • December 10, 2015

    Senegal 70: Sonic Gems and Previously Unreleased Recordings From the ’70s

    Analog Africa‘s new compilation Senegal 70 has been on heavy rotation at the Afropop office, and in the personal listening space of this reviewer. Why? Mainly, because it feels like an album, not a random assortment of tracks from a given … Read more »

  • December 4, 2015

    Very Aomby

    Tsapiky (tsa-PEEK) music of southwest Madagascar is a kind of delicacy, a treat for lovers of raw, giddy, guitar-driven African pop. At the center is a single finger-style picker—in this case, the amazing Damily—generally playing electric guitar at the head … Read more »

  • November 23, 2015

    Live in Paris

    A year ago, venerable Tuareg rockers, Tinariwen, played a rousing set at the Bouffes du Nord theater in Paris’ 10th arrondissement. Those who have been lucky enough to see Tinariwen live know that each of their performances is a truly … Read more »

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