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  • review April 21, 2017

    Samba

    No one else sounds like Vieux Farka Touré, and Vieux never sounds like anyone else. His latest album, Samba, was recorded live in Woodstock, NY, to capture the energy the Malian guitar virtuoso exudes on stage. The results are a … Read more »

  • review March 17, 2017

    Kidal

    Eleven years and four studio albums into their career, Tamikrest is going home. Their latest album for Glitterbeat was recorded in Bamako, Mali, but is named for where the group formed, the northeastern town of Kidal. While Tuareg desert blues … Read more »

  • blog December 2, 2016

    Desert Blues: Rokia Traoré at NYC’s Symphony Space  

    No sooner had the air cleared in New York after a freak storm the evening of Oct. 30, than Rokia Traoré took command of the Symphony Space stage on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, raining down a superlative storm of rock … Read more »

  • blog September 8, 2016

    Win Tickets to See Vieux Farka Touré in New York

    Vieux Farka Touré is so fleet-fingered that he never uses one note when he’s got room for six—and it seems like he can always make room. Seeing the guitarist play live, as he slips in and around the beat in … Read more »

  • blog July 11, 2016

    Field Report: Creole Rhythms on Réunion, the Rainbow Island

    The island of Réunion, a French overseas department in Africa, is some 10 hour’s flight from Paris and an hour’s flight from Madagascar. From the air, Réunion looks like a huge mountain floating in the Indian Ocean. With a tropical … Read more »

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