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  • 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 »

  • November 19, 2015


    The Peruvian band Bareto’s new album follows the template set out by chicha bands since the ’70s with psyched-out, slippery guitar lines all over their album. But the record lives up to its name, Impredecible, (Spanish for “unpredictable”) by refusing to stay in … Read more »

  • November 11, 2015


    Renascence means rebirth, and in the case of Kandia Kouyaté, one of Mali’s most celebrated traditional singers, the music of rebirth comes as a welcome surprise. Kouyaté is a jelimouso, a female Mande griot singer whose work involves singing the … Read more »

  • October 30, 2015


    Moogho translates as “world” in Mooré, the language of the Mossi people of Burkina Faso. That sounds like the right title for an album from the Ouagadougou-based rapper Art Melody, with beats by producers from France, Réunion, Finland, Poland and the U.S., co-released … Read more »

  • October 29, 2015

    Fatteliku: Live in Athens 1987

    It was the stuff of history when Peter Gabriel invited Youssou N’Dour and Super Etoile de Dakar to open up for him on his 1987 tour, promoting his massively successful album, So, on which N’Dour had performed. Gabriel personally introduced … Read more »

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