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  • October 6, 2015


    This is Cheikh Lô’s fifth album since he burst onto the international scene in 1996 with Ne La Thiass. That release introduced an impressive new artist with a highly personal fusion of fiery, percussive Senegalese mbalax pop, cool Afro-Latin grooves, … Read more »

  • October 6, 2015

    Songs of Paapieye

    Two things about Ghanaian gyil music are likely to grab a first-time listener: the deep, resonant buzz of the bass notes, and the polyrhythmic virtuosity—the right-hand/left-hand limb independence of master players. The Awesome Tapes From Africa label is known for … Read more »

  • October 2, 2015


    Karina Buhr’s two previous solo albums, 2010’s Eu Menti Pra Você and 2011’s Longe de Onde were exquisite experimental pop albums, establishing her as one of Brazil’s most adventurous voices. Her latest, Selvática (available for free download or purchase on … Read more »

  • September 29, 2015


    Throughout his career, Daby Touré has embodied a multicultural approach to music. He was born in Mauritania, raised in Senegal and has lived in Paris since 1989. He sings in Fulani, Soninke, Wolof, French and English, and names pop icons including Michael Jackson, … Read more »

  • September 28, 2015

    In Conclusion

    We don’t hear a lot from Burkina Faso, unless, as in recent days, there’s an outbreak of political instability. But here’s a voice from this dry West African nation we should know better. Amadou Balaké was born in 1944 and … Read more »

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