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NEWS: RECORDING

The African Folk Soul of Bongos Ikwue

The 1970’s were an extremely fertile era for music. In America, progressive soul and funk broke new ground while London spawned the punk rock scene and Kingston, Jamaica gave the world roots reggae. In Nigeria, an extraordinarily diverse and dynamic cultural scene yielded not only Fela’s Afrobeat and juju’s peak with Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Artist Interview: Adedeji, From West Africa To The World

Q: When would you say triggered your passion for music? How old were you at the time? A: My passion for music was triggered as far as I could remember; I was probably 5-years-old then. I seriously cannot remember how or when it started but I was teaching my sister and brother how to sing in different ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Various Artists: Benin Yoruba Music - Voices Of Memory

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Various Artists

Benin Yoruba Music: Voices Of Memory

Ocora

2011

In the days before the web shrank the world, hearing traditional music made in a distant country meant getting on a plane and going there yourself. Rewarding, but expensive. Plan B involved checking the catalogues of two record companies, Ocora, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Africa: 50 Years of Music - 50 Years of Independence

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Various Artists

Africa: 50 Years of Music: 50 Years of Independence

Sterns

2010

“In my country alone, there are 80 ethnic groups and 200 dialects," says the Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango in an interview in the booklet enclosed with this box set. “So it's hard to talk about Cameroonian music ...