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  • review October 24, 2016

    Nouvelle Journée

    Lorraine Klaasen’s new album, Nouvelle Journée, is a feel-good album that delves into jazz, blues, gospel, soul and pop influences. It is anchored in rich South African sounds which pay homage to her background and her mother, Thandie Klaasen, a legendary South … Read more »

  • blog August 1, 2016

    Field Report: Nuits D’Afrique Festival Celebrates 30 Years

    In 1987, Lamine Touré, owner of the 150-seat Club Balattou (which derives from bal à tous, roughly translated as “dance for everyone”), organized several nights of concerts and dubbed it “Festival Nuits d’Afrique.” “The recipe for success was already there, … Read more »

  • blog July 12, 2016

    Field Report: Festival International de Jazz Montreal 2016

    This year marked the 37th edition of the Festival International de Jazz Montreal and, as always, for world music fans there was a plethora of treats in addition to all that jazz. With nine free outdoor stages and 11 indoor … Read more »

  • review February 19, 2016

    Ayiti Étoile Nouvelle

    On his fourth album, Ayiti Étoile Nouvelle, Haitian guitarist and songwriter Wesli slips in and out of styles and genres that span hemispheres. Released by Wes Urban Productions, the album is unified by his fleet guitar playing, steadfast percussion section and … Read more »

  • interview October 30, 2015

    Beyond Folklore: Akawui on Andean Rhythms and Powwow

    One of the highlights of this past summer’s Nuits d’Afrique Festival in Montréal was an electrifying performance by Akawui, a Montréal-based musician with Andean roots. Akawui also won this year’s Syli d’Or competition–both the grand prize and Afropop’s prize for stage … Read more »

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