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  • blog August 9, 2017

    Fresh Cuts, Vol. Seven

    After a bit of a break, here’s the seventh feature in a series we call “Fresh Cuts.” It’s a selection of newly released tracks and videos from across Africa and the diaspora, featuring established and up-and-coming artists, and everything in between. Today we’ve … Read more »

  • 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 May 18, 2017

    Runnin’ For the Ghost

    With 11 upbeat jams, Big Mean Sound Machine has delivered an energetic but never obtrusive summer soundtrack. The 10-piece Ithaca, NY-based band’s fourth record, Runnin’ For the Ghost, flirts with genres ranging from soul to funk to Afrobeat to Ethiopian … Read more »

  • blog March 31, 2017

    Concert Review: Michael Mwenso and the Shakes in NYC

    Tucked into a row of charming old brick buildings on a tidy side street in New York’s West Village is the Greenwich House Music School (GHMS), a community-centered place of music education and performance that dates back 112 years. Upstairs … Read more »

  • blog March 6, 2017

    Exclusive Nkumu Katalay Premiere: “Congo4U”

    When it comes to Congolese popular music, Nkumu Katalay can do it all: He’s a dancer, singer, drummer, percussionist, guitarist, bassist and bandleader. Born in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nkumu is a veteran of Lokassa … Read more »

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