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Soundings: Recordings of African-Americans

America’s rural South has changed profoundly since it served as the birthplace of blues, and in the intervening years, many of the traditional forms so vital to American musical history have disappeared. It’s lucky then, that the record industry (not … Read more »

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    River Strings: Maninka Guitar

    In the past, when the great guitarists of West Africa have made solo albums, they’ve tended to inspire listener complaint along the lines of Frank Zappa’s memorable line:  “Shut up ‘n play yer guitar.” Specifically, the prominence of vocalists on … Read more »

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    Anar

    Ever since the breakthrough of Tinariwen, the sight of Tuareg musicians swirling and bobbing their cheche-covered heads to the sound of electric guitars has become increasingly familiar. Mdou Moctar, whose debut album Anar has been released by Sahel Sounds, is one of … Read more »

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    Film of Life

    Femi and Seun Kuti are the heirs to their late father Fela’s King of Afrobeat crown. Right? Of course. Well, except…the crown hasn’t been up for grabs. Tony Allen was there from the music’s beginning, a creative partner/confidant of Fela … Read more »

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    Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul and Psych from Peru’s Radical Decade

    Tiger’s Milk Records has established an impressive track record over the course of its short existence. Last year, the British label dropped its first release, the gorgeous cumbia/Latin/tropical compilation Peru Maravilloso. Release number two, Peru Bravo, turns to Peru’s psychedelic … Read more »

River Strings: Maninka Guitar

In the past, when the great guitarists of West Africa have made solo albums, they’ve tended to inspire listener complaint along the lines of Frank Zappa’s memorable line:  “Shut up ‘n play yer guitar.” Specifically, the prominence of vocalists on … Read more »

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