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  • review June 2, 2015

    From Kinshasa

    Mbongwana Star’s debut album From Kinshasa (World Circuit) could just as easily be called From Outer Space. The album’s cover is graced by an astronaut, standing among an eerie background of a dark night giving way to a spotlighted dancer and purple-tinted … Read more »

  • review April 6, 2015

    Free Love

    It’s hard not to come in rooting for Fantasma on Free Love, the first album from the multifaceted South African group, but it’s also hard not to come away from it a bit confused. Over the course of the record’s 14 … Read more »

  • interview March 20, 2015

    “Kind of A Manifesto”–Awesome Tapes From Africa’s Brian Shimkovitz on Releasing “Obaa Sima”

    Over the past decade, the blog-then-label Awesome Tapes from Africa has been at the forefront of a new wave of “world” labels, one that attempts to better reflect the messy complexity of musical cultures across the African continent. Leaving questions … Read more »

  • interview March 9, 2015

    Luzmila Carpio Meets ZZK

    One of the more interesting projects to cross our desks lately has been the Luzmila Carpio meets ZZK EP. Crossing some intensely disparate cultural wires, it brings together the vocal talents of Carpio, one of the most esteemed Andean singers currently … Read more »

  • blog February 6, 2015

    Afropop Exclusive Premiere: Atropolis and Yacouba Sissoko–KoraNYC

    The kora is played in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, the Gambia, and, naturally, New York City. Of course, when it comes to music, if it’s played anywhere it’s played in New York, so maybe it should be no … Read more »

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