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  • review June 23, 2017

    Toy Raha Toy

    Madagascar’s exquisite folk and pop music have never received the global acclaim they deserve. Some have speculated that this is because Madagascar’s idiosyncratic rhythms and melodies are a world apart from the West and Central African idioms that fed into … Read more »

  • review July 9, 2015


    Here’s a rare and special find out of southern Africa. Brian Chilala is a veteran of Zambian pop, including showings in the 1980s Zam-rock era, forays into the local skiffle genre known as kalindula, and time with one of the … Read more »

  • hip-deep November 20, 2014

    Hip Deep in Madagascar: Songs of the North

    Salegy may be the most popular dance music of Madagascar. It’s a churning, harmonious groove with spine-stiffening vocal harmonies that emerged from towns and cities of northern Madagascar in the mid-20th century. On a trip to Diego Suarez, we learn that … Read more »

  • program February 14, 2013

    Guitar Voices From Mali and South Africa

    This program, originally aired in 2007 as “New Guitar Voices,” features two amazing guitar innovators, new on the international scene that year. Vieux Farka Touré had recently made his highly acclaimed debut in North America. Senior Editor, Banning Eyre … Read more »

  • review September 18, 2012

    Zani Diabaté, Tientalaw

    The late composer/bandleader/guitarist Zani Diabaté might lack the name recognition of Malian luminaries like Oumou Sangaré, Ali Farka Toure, Habib Koite and Toumani Diabaté, but he belongs in their company. In fact, Zani produced one of the first Malian records … Read more »

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