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  • blog August 5, 2014

    Book Review: Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali by Andy Morgan

    If you love music from Mali, there’s a good chance you are still scratching your head about what exactly has happened there over the past few years. How could one of Africa’s most stable democracies, with four consecutive “free and … Read more »

  • blog August 4, 2014

    Finding Fela: The Film No Afrobeat Fan Can Miss

    Finding Fela, a documentary film that opened in New York and other cities on Aug. 1, is an instant classic in the world of popular music documentaries.  No African musician can boast a story to top Fela’s, and it’s hard … Read more »

  • blog July 29, 2014

    Jaojoby and Mahmoud Ahmed: Two African Giants Visit New York

    This past week, New York was graced with the presence of two legendary Afropop singer/bandleaders. Eusebe Jaojoby of Madagascar at age 58 and Mahmoud Ahmed of Ethiopia at 72 are both old enough to have lived the modern history of … Read more »

  • review July 17, 2014

    New Music From Mande America: “Benyoro” and “The Great Peace”

    The U.S. continues to produce bands composed of West Africans and Americans performing electric music at ever mounting levels of proficiency and musicality. Two particularly impressive examples—Benyoro out of New York City, and Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba out of … Read more »

  • review June 27, 2014

    Three From the Congo!

    Three new CD releases attest to the ongoing vitality and diversity of contemporary music connected with the Democratic Republic of Congo.  These releases—one by expatriates in Paris, one by a U.S.-based singer/bandleader skilled in fusing Congolese and Latin music, and … Read more »

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