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  • March 5, 2015

    Ibeyi

    The new self-titled record by Ibeyi never stops reminding you of its potential. The twin sisters behind the group, Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz, chose the moniker the Yoruba word for twins, and fittingly, Yoruba culture is the rhythmic ground from … Read more »

  • February 19, 2015

    MTV Unplugged

    Kinky first emerged in the late ‘90s as part of a wave of groups from Monterrey that challenged Mexico City’s dominance over the country’s music business. The movement, known as avanzada regia, united bands through regional pride rather than musical … Read more »

  • February 16, 2015

    Four From Mali

    Mali has suffered through three years of political instability and tension, with serious consequences for musicians’ livelihoods, not only in the troubled north but in the capital, Bamako. And all that comes on top of the collapse of the recorded … Read more »

  • January 26, 2015

    Convoque Seu Buda

    It’s been three years since Criolo released Nó Na Orelha, the album that raised his status from underground São Paulo MC to internationally renowned representative of Brazil’s hip-hop community. Without distancing himself from the socially conscious message that has defined … Read more »

  • December 17, 2014

    Mixtape: Kabaka Pyramid’s “The Lyricist”

    In the course of his huge new mix CD, you can hear Kabaka Pyramid giving an interview, talking about his music, his Rastafarian beliefs, and the state of the world. When the music kicks in, the views keep coming, occasionally … Read more »

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