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  • interview September 19, 2017

    Interview: Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons on Soca Music Today

    Brooklyn’s Caribbean Carnival season recently passed, culminating in the massive, raucous Labor Day weekend festivities, crowned by the sprawling West Indian American Day Parade down Eastern Parkway. In the weeks around Labor Day, Brooklyn and Queens played host to an … Read more »

  • hip-deep August 31, 2017

    Shake It Fo Ya Hood: Bounce, New Orleans Hip-Hop

    New Orleans, Louisiana is home to some of America’s greatest musical traditions, and plays an outsized influence on the evolution of everything from jazz through to r&b, rock and funk. Today, the city is still legendary for its second line brass bands … Read more »

  • interview August 8, 2016

    Washington DC Label 1432 R Brings Ethiopiyawi Music to Light

    Mixing chopped samples of Ethiopian traditional instrumentation with churning synths and skittering electronic beats, the Ethiopiyawi genre grounds itself in the sonic contradiction of old and new. If you haven’t heard of Ethiopiyawi yet, don’t worry; pioneered by Addis Ababa-based … Read more »

  • review September 11, 2015

    Change

    The title Change might seem all too earnest, but the new album by N’Faly Kouyate (available for purchase on iTunes from NAMUN Records) is so refreshingly heartfelt that it should win over even the most jaded of listeners. Born to … Read more »

  • review September 11, 2015

    Resistance

    The Souljazz Orchestra plays neither soul or jazz, strictly speaking, and doesn’t have any of the strings you might associate with an orchestra. On the contrary, they’re a tropical band from the Canadian cities Ottawa and Gatineau, whose latest album is … Read more »

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