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  • blog June 18, 2015

    Songhoy Blues Live at Mercury Lounge

    Malian rock band Songhoy Blues played at Mercury Lounge in New York on Tues., June 16, and they rocked the house. Their story is a fascinating one. Many of the best-known musicians from Mali usually hail from Timbuktu, Bamako, and even … Read more »

  • review May 26, 2015

    Danger Zone

    It’s been five years since the Lion of Zimbabwe—still in exile in Oregon—has released an album of new songs. During most of his four-decade-plus career there was at least one new album every year. The slower pace is hardly a … Read more »

  • blog November 12, 2013

    Jimmy Mawi’s 10″s of Funk

    Say that you’re a world music fan (or even worse, a world music journalist), and you’ve noticed a little bit of buzz growing around the Jimmy Mawi 10” coming out on Soundways Records. Perhaps you’ve had the following reactions: A) … Read more »

  • feature October 4, 2013

    Podcast: Lebanese Factor In Ghanaian Music

    Descendants of Lebanese immigrants have had a surprising impact on the development of Ghanaian popular music. This report by Afropop’s Banning Eyre digs into the history of the late-60s Afro-rock band, The Psychedelic Aliens, and producer, bandleader, and club owner … Read more »

  • hip-deep October 3, 2013

    Lebanon 2: Diasporas

    As the Ottoman Empire waned in the late 19th century, there was scarcity, economic stress, and political oppression in Lebanon. The once lucrative silk industry died. Factories closed. Families in search of better lives emigrated, or sent children abroad. Today, … Read more »

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