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  • 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 »

  • June 21, 2015

    Amara Touré 1973​-​1980

    “Latin music, is it really foreign to us Africans? I don’t think so. Listen to the drums, to the rhythm. It all seems very close to us–it feels like it’s our own culture.” –Amara Touré In his recent review of … Read more »

  • June 12, 2015

    Havana Paris Dakar

    The Senegalese love affair with Cuban music is nothing new. It goes back to at least the 1940s, and reached spectacular fruition in the pan-African sound of Orchestra Baobab in the ‘60s and ‘70s and the revival band Africando starting … Read more »

  • June 10, 2015

    Sherwood at the Controls: Vol. 1, 1979-1984

    “I was once described in a derogatory way by a journalist in England as a ‘fan that had got his hands on a mixing desk’,” Adrian Sherwood is fond of saying. “Honestly that’s a very good summary of me really. … Read more »

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