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Category Archive for 'Afro-Pop'

“On Beautiful Africa, Malian songwriter and guitar slinger Rokia Traoré unleashes the fiery rocker she’s been nurturing since her teens….While Beautiful Africa is her most ‘commercial’ recording — as in, friendly to Western audiences — it nonetheless follows directly the explorations her music has articulated from the beginning. It feels like a natural step, consequently [...]

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Amadou & Miriam: Folila

“On 2012′s Folila (which translates as ‘music’ in Bambara), Mali’s famed Amadou & Mariam, the husband-and-wife duo, effortlessly prove that ‘purist’ alarm calls about melding popular and traditional musics across geographies because they dilute authenticity are not only inherently false, but their motivations are suspect… Forget prejudices about ‘world music’; Folila is great music. Period.” [...]

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Tinariwen: Tassili +10:1

“Tinariwen, the Malian Touraeg group, finally broke through to Western audiences with 2007′s Aman Iman and 2009′s Imidiwan — 20 years after their inception. The increased profile did little to alter their “desert blues” with its incantatory droning — primarily electric — guitars, claps and organic percussion, and chanted vocals in songs about struggle and [...]

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Check Our Catalog “King Sunny Ade is the undisputed king of juju music, the dance-inspiring hybrid of western pop and traditional African music with roots in the guitar tradition of Nigeria. Although he’s yet to equal the success that he enjoyed with his early-’80s albums and American tours, Ade and his band, His African Beats, [...]

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Check Our Catalog “In the tradition of Bob Marley, Alpha Blondy, and his African griot caste, Tiken Jah Fakoly emerged in the late ’90s as Africa’s premier social critic through reggae. Taking on the mantel of a history keeper, Fakoly wrote lyrics that documented events of his times and the oppression of his people.” –All [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Released in 2008, Saravah Soul’s self-titled debut combined samba, vintage MPB, greasy American funk, and Afro-beat and took the club underground by storm. Cultura Impura (“Impure Culture”) is simply more; both in terms of what the band revealed, and in the truly amazing extensions they’ve added to their fiery mix. In addition [...]

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Check Our Catalog Staff Benda Bilili is a group of paraplegic street musicians who live in and around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, Congo. Four senior singer/guitarists on makeshift wheelchairs are supported by a young, all-acoustic rhythm section, and a 17-year-old prodigy performing infectious guitar-like solos on a one-string electric lute he designed [...]

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Oumou Sangare: Seya

Check Our Catalog “If she sang in English, Oumou Sangare would likely be mentioned in the same breath as artists such as Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, vocalists who not only fashioned a unique manner of putting across in a song but directly and poignantly addressed the lives and struggles of women in their music. [...]

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