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  • blog April 14, 2016

    Cape Town International Jazz Fest: A Spotlight on Local Talent

    It’s called “Africa’s Grandest Gathering,” and I suppose the Cape Town International Jazz Festival can make something of a case. For many of its 37,000 in attendance—many of whom travel from all over the continent—this two-day event is kind of … Read more »

  • botb April 4, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Hugh Masekela

    The importance and stature of South African musician/composer/bandleader Hugh Masekela cannot be overemphasized. His highly productive career has bridged jazz, funk and township jive with many more genres in the mix. His discography encompasses at least 43 albums since 1963. … Read more »

  • review April 1, 2016


    Arabic art music shares one key characteristic with American jazz: an emphasis on improvisation, individual expression, but rendered with respect for and knowledge of a composed musical source. The rules and conventions diverge widely, but that common ground has proven … Read more »

  • blog March 12, 2016

    Photo Essay: MASA Festival in Abidjan, Part Four

    At the Palais de la Culture, Wed., March 9—The opportunity to hear groups led by jazz masters Ray Lema and Paco Séry filled the Salle Lougah Francois with anticipation, and the musicians delivered magnificent music, unfortunately after a long delay … Read more »

  • blog March 10, 2016

    Genre-Defying Brazilian Percussionist Naná Vasconcelos Dies at 71

    Legendary Brazilian drummer and berimbau player Naná Vasconcelos died in São Paulo on March 9 after being diagnosed with lung cancer seven months prior.  Over the course of  his 71-year life, Vasconcelos won eight Grammys, was named DownBeat magazine’s percussionist … Read more »

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