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  • review June 21, 2017

    Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984

    Funk is widely known across the United States but, arguably, the genre’s not-so-distant cousin makossa embodies what it truly means to be “funky.” Derived from the Douala phrase meaning “I dance,” makossa has been bringing listeners to their feet since … Read more »

  • review May 18, 2017

    Runnin’ For the Ghost

    With 11 upbeat jams, Big Mean Sound Machine has delivered an energetic but never obtrusive summer soundtrack. The 10-piece Ithaca, NY-based band’s fourth record, Runnin’ For the Ghost, flirts with genres ranging from soul to funk to Afrobeat to Ethiopian … Read more »

  • blog March 31, 2017

    Concert Review: Michael Mwenso and the Shakes in NYC

    Tucked into a row of charming old brick buildings on a tidy side street in New York’s West Village is the Greenwich House Music School (GHMS), a community-centered place of music education and performance that dates back 112 years. Upstairs … Read more »

  • blog March 6, 2017

    Exclusive Nkumu Katalay Premiere: “Congo4U”

    When it comes to Congolese popular music, Nkumu Katalay can do it all: He’s a dancer, singer, drummer, percussionist, guitarist, bassist and bandleader. Born in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nkumu is a veteran of Lokassa … Read more »

  • blog January 18, 2017

    Passings: Nigerian Legend William Onyeabor

    Nigerian music legend William Onyeabor passed away on Jan. 16 at the age of 70. The news was announced by record label Luaka Bop, which has been re-releasing Onyeabor’s music since 2013. Luaka Bop described Onyeabor as a “great Nigerian business … Read more »

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