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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • June 24, 2014

    Frikstailers: Crop Circles

    Frikstailers, the Argentine DJ duo Rafa Caivano and Lisandro Sona, have once again proven their title as the “indisputable galactic emperors of tropical futurism.”  Their new EP Crop Circles demonstrates the ways in which cumbia has transformed itself to meet … Read more »

  • June 16, 2014

    No Discount

    Drummer and California native Charles Ferguson founded Zongo Junction in 2009, inspired by the West African rhythms he had been exposed to during a six-month stay in Ghana the previous year. Upon returning to Brooklyn, he rallied his musical peers, … Read more »

  • June 4, 2014

    Kenyan Rap: Octopizzo’s Chocolate City

    For those unfamiliar with Kenyan rap, the release of Chocolate City, the debut album from Octopizzo, will serve as a great introduction to one of Kenya’s strongest forms of popular music. For those more familiar with Kenyan rap, Octopizzo is … Read more »

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