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The Nature Of Trance

In many communities throughout Africa and the diaspora, music and spiritual life are deeply connected through the experience of trance: ritual possession by ancestors, spirits, deities, or simply the trance of communal dancing—usually accompanied by hypnotic melodies and rhythms. In … Read more »

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    Convoque Seu Buda

    It’s been three years since Criolo released Nó Na Orelha, the album that raised his status from underground São Paulo MC to internationally renowned representative of Brazil’s hip-hop community. Without distancing himself from the socially conscious message that has defined … Read more »

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    Mixtape: Kabaka Pyramid’s “The Lyricist” ,

    In the course of his huge new mix CD, you can hear Kabaka Pyramid giving an interview, talking about his music, his Rastafarian beliefs, and the state of the world. When the music kicks in, the views keep coming, occasionally … Read more »

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    The Paris Session

    Guest reviewer Jeffrey Callen, a writer, ethnomusicologist and consultant based in San Francisco, contributes an album review and his take on a recent live show by the innovative Israeli-Malian group Toure Raichel Collective at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. … Read more »

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    One More Step

    We would never say that you should judge an album by its cover, but if you want to know what Henri Pierre Noël’s album One More Step sounds like, the picture on the front of the album is a good … Read more »

Convoque Seu Buda

It’s been three years since Criolo released Nó Na Orelha, the album that raised his status from underground São Paulo MC to internationally renowned representative of Brazil’s hip-hop community. Without distancing himself from the socially conscious message that has defined … Read more »

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