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  • December 17, 2014

    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 »

  • December 3, 2014

    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 »

  • December 2, 2014

    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 »

  • November 4, 2014

    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 »

  • October 31, 2014

    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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