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  • blog October 12, 2017

    Abdel Kadiri and the Making of Modern Raï

    Abdel Kadiri and I sat down behind the main stage as the sun was setting at Montreal’s Nuits d’Afrique Festival. The crowd had been getting thicker all day and it would peak when Kadiri got up and absolutely shredded it. … Read more »

  • blog September 25, 2017

    Toukadime: Special Gunpowder Mix

    Toukadime is a French DJ duo whose mission is to bring the sounds of classic North African music–exclusively on vinyl records–to radio waves and dance floors in France and beyond. The project was founded in 2011 when veteran DJs Krimau … Read more »

  • blog August 8, 2017

    Field Report: Festival Timitar, Agadir, Morocco

    With a 10 km-long beach of fine sand, more than 300 days of sunshine a year and a marina, the south Moroccan town of Agadir is an ideal holiday resort. Every summer Agadir is also home to the Timitar Festival, … Read more »

  • review November 2, 2016

    Look South (EP)

    Based in Algeria, the El Foukr R’Assembly  is a rarity among North African bands in that they really take their “Africanness” seriously. Where many in this part of the continent identify more with their Arabian than their sub-Saharan neighbors, this … Read more »

  • blog August 1, 2016

    Field Report: Nuits D’Afrique Festival Celebrates 30 Years

    In 1987, Lamine Touré, owner of the 150-seat Club Balattou (which derives from bal à tous, roughly translated as “dance for everyone”), organized several nights of concerts and dubbed it “Festival Nuits d’Afrique.” “The recipe for success was already there, … Read more »

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