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  • review March 7, 2017

    Melanie

    As the great Congolese composer/singer/bandleader Tabu Ley Rochereau approached his final days in 2012, he summoned the musical director of his band, L’Orchestre Afrisa International, from America to his bedside and made a last request. Modero Mekanisi had played saxophone … Read more »

  • blog January 12, 2017

    Daymé Arocena at the Highline Ballroom

    All photos by Sebastian Bouknight. For a full gallery of photos, scroll to the bottom. Daymé Arocena and her band turned up the temperature at the Highline Ballroom on a frigid Manhattan evening last week. Their first concert of the … Read more »

  • blog September 16, 2015

    ¡Globalquerque! Festival Returns For 11th Year

    The 11th annual ¡Globalquerque! festival takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Sept. 25-26. The spectacular lineup this year includes the legendary Malian griot Kassé Mady Diabaté, Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Orlando Julius, Honduran Garifuna singer Aurelio Martinez, Congo-Angolan rumba, soukous and salsa singer Ricardo Lemvo … Read more »

  • blog April 1, 2015

    Sterns Music Reissues Éditions Vévé

    Musician, club owner, producer, talent scout: Verckys (born Georges Mateta Kiamuangana) was a giant of Congolese music, with fingers in all manner of music business pies. Recruited by legendary rumba band leader Franco, he cut his teeth in the ’60s … Read more »

  • program November 13, 2014

    Afropop Live! NYC, Musical Metropolis

    What do you get when you combine Congolese rapper Baloji, Lebanese pop star Yasmine Hamdan, Jamaican guitarist Brushy One-String, and Mauritanian vocal powerhouse Noura Mint Seymali? 2014’s jaw-dropping GlobalFEST. What do you get when you combine live recordings of these artists … Read more »

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