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  • interview December 22, 2014

    Salif Keita Speaks Out on His Career, Mali’s Crisis and Retirement

    Mali’s pre-eminent singer/songwriter/bandleader came to New York this fall with an unusual act. In the past, he has brought blazing electric ensembles from Paris or New York, and, in recent years, a superb, mostly Malian band featuring acoustic African instruments. … Read more »

  • blog December 3, 2014

    Stocking Stuffers Highlights

    Our new show, “Stocking Stuffers 2014″ show samples tracks from the best new releases of 2014 to help you come up with gift ideas for the music lovers in your life (and to recap some of the amazing music that’s … Read more »

  • review 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 »

  • review September 12, 2014

    Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako

    The central irony of Salif Keita’s early career is how a noble—a descendant of the Mande Empire’s founder Sunjata Keita, yet—could assume the profile of a griot, a musical orator of a distinctly lower social status. When Keita arrived on … 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 »

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