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  • September 21, 2017

    Loé Loa: Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree

    When you press play on Loé Loa: Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree, Betsayda Machado’s voice rises like a 747 airplane: impossibly big but soaring all the same. You get a cadence, then a repeat from her backing chorus, and … Read more »

  • September 20, 2017

    Tokooos

    Tokooos, the new album from the Kinshasa-born Congolese artist, musician, producer, executive producer and philanthropist, Fally Ipupa, will enthrall African music lovers. This is Fally Ipupa’s fourth solo album, and the most ambitious in years. With Tokooos, Fally is attempting … Read more »

  • September 18, 2017

    Ladilikan

    Da kali means “to give a pledge” in Bamana, the most widely spoken language in Mali. The phrase refers to the deepest responsibilities of a griot (or jeli), a commitment to preserving the memory of history, but also adherence to … Read more »

  • September 7, 2017

    What Goes Up

    Afrobeat has a much-traveled history. With all the shuttling of ingredients across the pond between Africa and the United States, it could have earned enough frequent flyer miles to go many times around the world–first class. Which in many ways … Read more »

  • September 1, 2017

    Carvanas

    Twenty-three studio albums into his career, you have a pretty good idea what you’re getting from Chico Buarque. Even though he’s dipped his toes into the new media world by joining Instagram in July, Buarque’s latest record, Caravanas, adds another … Read more »

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