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  • blog October 13, 2016

    Issa Bagayogo (1961-2016)

    Issa Bagayogo was a trailblazer in West African music. His 1999 debut release, Sya (Cobalt/Six Degrees) set a new direction for Malian pop. It drew on his background playing the kamele ngoni, literally “young man’s harp,” a kind of secular … Read more »

  • review February 12, 2016


    It was inevitable that, in the wake of Bassekou Kouyaté’s landmark band Ngoni Ba, there would be more Malian ensembles placing these stringed, fretless lutes of varying sizes at center stage. Gambari Band happens to consist of Kouyaté relatives who … Read more »

  • review October 13, 2015

    St Germain

    I should state upfront that I’m not easily impressed by electronic mixes that incorporate samples and performances of African music. It’s too easy to create predictable grooves with ethnic window dressing, an approach that has now become a genre unto … Read more »

  • review February 16, 2015

    Four From Mali

    Mali has suffered through three years of political instability and tension, with serious consequences for musicians’ livelihoods, not only in the troubled north but in the capital, Bamako. And all that comes on top of the collapse of the recorded … Read more »

  • program December 3, 2014

    Stocking Stuffers 2014

    It’s an annual Afropop ritual! Georges Collinet and Banning Eyre sift through all the great new music from Africa and its diasporas released during the year, and attempt to summarize it in one hour. An impossible task, but always good … Read more »

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