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  • review June 21, 2017

    Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984

    Funk is widely known across the United States but, arguably, the genre’s not-so-distant cousin makossa embodies what it truly means to be “funky.” Derived from the Douala phrase meaning “I dance,” makossa has been bringing listeners to their feet since … Read more »

  • review December 13, 2016

    Our Truth

    “Yeah, 2016, the year of indigenous rock sound.” Thus begins the 17-minute “Asazani,” the second track on Our Truth, a mesmerizing, passionate, and genre-defying album from South African seven-piece group Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC). Their sound is rooted in … Read more »

  • blog November 2, 2016

    Photo Essay: Sauti Sol, Jojo Abot and Vanessa Mdee in Concert

    East and West Africa met at the Highline Ballroom on Oct. 30 for a vibrant set from singers Vanessa Mdee and Jojo Abot–from Tanzania and Ghana, respectively–and Kenyan superstars Sauti Sol. The house was overflowing with ecstatic fans and positive energy that … Read more »

  • review May 31, 2016

    Ave Africa: The Kitoko Sound of East Africa 1973-1976

    The band known as Sunburst was a short-lived Tanzanian Afrosoul group that flourished in southern Africa’s halcyon post-colonial days before the economic downturn of the late ’70s. True to its name, Sunburst was a brief phenomenon but a brilliant one. They … Read more »

  • review April 21, 2016

    Odze Odze

    Here’s one for you to pull out whenever you need to inject a little bit of sunshine into your day. The Jagger Botchway Group’s recently released album Odze Odze drenches highlife, traditional Ghanaian rhythms, and Afro-funk in the bright, shiny, … Read more »

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