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Destination Africa! Part II: Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Read "Destination Africa! Part II: Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As we continue our exploration of jazz by African musicians and by foreign musicians fascinated with the African continent and its music, this week we focus on Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal & Zimbabwe.

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Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from Mondo Jazz ...


Thomas Mapfumo: Lion Songs

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The constant political and social unrest in Zimbabwe stemming from its oppressed period of colonization when it was wrongly known as Rhodesia, spawned chimurenga music--the music of struggle and resistance. The artist who personified this musical activism is Thomas Mapfumo, the Lion of Zimbabwe. His unwavering dedication to this movement since the 1970's is the subject ...


Bang on a Can Celebrates 25 Years with Triple Bill Concert at Lincoln Center

Bang on a Can Celebrates 25 Years with Triple Bill Concert at Lincoln Center

Bang on a Can takes over Alice Tully Hall presented by Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series in a triple-bill birthday bash on Saturday, April 28 at 7pm featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra, and MIT’s Gamelan Galak Tika. Bang on a Can is celebrating 25 years during 2012, having grown from a one-day ...


Thomas Mapfumo: Hokoyo! / Gwindingwi Rine Shumba

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Tra i musicisti africani più rappresentativi e conosciuti anche nel resto del mondo - da una decina d'anni vive stabilmente negli Stati Uniti, essendo la situazione nello Zimbabwe troppo pericolosa per la sua incolumità - Thomas Mapfumo ha avuto il grande merito di sapere incrociare i ritmi tradizionali della musica popolare shona con forme e strumentazioni della musica commerciale ...


Zimbabwe: Thomas Mapfumo

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More than any other artist except perhaps Oliver “Tuku" Mtukudzi, Thomas Mapfumo has become Zimbabwe's musical ambassador to the world. That's ironic, because while the people of his country celebrate his music with the enthusiasm it deserves, the government--or more accurately, regime--of Zimbabwe really does not. So much so that Mapfumo eventually decided to leave and ...