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Thandi Ntuli: On Exile

Read "Thandi Ntuli: On Exile" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

South African pianist, composer, and vocalist Thandi Ntuli entered 2018 not with a bang, but with a thermonuclear blast. At the close of 2017, she had been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist Award in Jazz, anointing her as the latest figure in an incredible lineage of South African ...


2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...


Oumou Sangaré: Mogoya

Read "Mogoya" reviewed by James Nadal

After an eight-year recording hiatus, Malian superstar vocalist Oumou Sangaré returns to the international spotlight with a new record, on a new label, but with the same steadfast focus on African women's rights. Mogoya is her first release on the Paris-based No Format indie label, after releasing five albums over twenty years with World Circuit. Sangaré ...


An Act of Defiance: Northern Mali Guitar Legend Baba Salah Plays for a Silenced People

Malian guitarist Baba Salah comes from the city of Gao, a remote trading hub nestled on the banks of the Niger river, situated at the edge of the Sahara desert. Ethnic Songhai, Tuareg, Fulani and Arabs - among other peoples - all call the city home and as the capital of one of West Africa’s most ...


Back Home in Mali, Khaira Arby Wins National Award

The Tamani d'Or: Mali Lavishes Love on Crossover Indie Darling and Pioneering Singer Khaira Arby with an Achievement Award

It's a rare artist who can take the U.S. media and SXSW by storm while garnering profound respect as a cultural leader in her homeland. And it's even rarer when that artist can keep true to her ...


Oumou Sangare: Seya

Read "Seya" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Perché dovremmo comprare un CD cantato in maliano e registrato con strumenti sconosciuti come il kamele ngoni, lo djembe drum o il karagnan? Gusto per l'esotico? Tendenza al “sentiamolo strano"? O, semplicemente, scoperta di mondi sonori e linguistici affascinanti? È la doppia faccia della world music. Né più né meno. Oumou Sangare non si muove. Non ha bisogno di ...


Oumou Sangare: A New Masterpiece from Mali

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Oumou Sangare
World Circuit

Before European-derived concepts of career management became widespread among African recording artists, following the emergence of the world music movement in the late 1980s and 1990s, a musician's stature could be measured by the frequency of the albums he (or, less often, ...