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  • May 22, 2015

    The Brazilian Boogie Connection: From Rio to São Paulo (1976-1983)

    The disco takeover of worldwide pop culture was massive–so massive that it was once perfectly acceptable to wear bell bottoms and platform shoes in public. Today, the genre is rarely given its due for cultural importance and lasting influence. Disco … Read more »

  • May 7, 2015

    Angélique Kidjo Sings

    The merger of African and Western classical music has a history. The Kronos Quartet dove in bravely collaborating with African composers on the 1992 release Pieces of Africa. The results were fascinating, though mixed, the combination of bowed strings and … Read more »

  • May 4, 2015

    Quema Quema Quema

    Remember four or five years ago, when American indie pop was all warm and shimmery and earnest? Remember the high, yearning vocals and pretty, delicate guitars? Since then, many (like me) may have grown cold, cynical and grumpy. Yet, if … Read more »

  • 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 »

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