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NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Don Andrews Of Spirojazz

Q: Some people, especially those who familiar with progressive-rock albums from the '70s, would expect Space and Alienation as a science-fiction concept record. But Space and Alienation have a deeper meaning on your album, judging from the emotional tone of certain pieces. Is Space and Alienation what we feel from everyday living? In other words, we ...

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 ...

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 ...