Much respect to Ostinato Records for introducing the world to this fine band out of Cape Verde, and who were based in Luxembourg while recording some of these gems: At home, in the islands of Cabo Verde, there was grog, or grogu, a strong sugarcane moonshine not dissimilar to Colombian aguardiente, copiously consumed at Funaná […]
From about 1970 to 1983, there were few bands as dominant as Orchestra Baobab. The had released a slew of 20 records and were acclaimed as the giants of Africa’s music industry, playing a mix of son cubano, Wolof music, and to a lesser extent Mande musical traditions. Made In Dakar is some of their […]
Malombo is a style of music I have never had the chance to come in contact with until today. South African drummer Thabang Tabane is the son of Dr. Philip Nchipi Tabane, considered to be a master of the genre, and Thabang is apparently doing a fine job continuing the family tradition.
Raffaele Pezzella strikes gold yet again with this compilation of experimental musicians from all over the Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa. Most of these names are quite new to me, but all show the potential to provide scores of impressive releases as time passes. This is a great snapshot into the field of avant-garde music from […]
Vincent Ahehehinnou was a member of the Beninese band Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. This album appeared after he left his former project in 1978. Very pleasant for those into Afrobeat.
World Circuit Records, a longtime leader in World Music, produces another magnificent album. This one is by a Malian singer born in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) called Fatoumata Diawara. She’s worked with such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn and Beninese legends Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou.
The Hum blog does a wonderful job highlighting a new box set released by Sublime Frequencies covering the music of the West African country of Burkina Faso.