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Jeff Dingler

Jeff Dingler is as upright/electric bassist living between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and New York City. Comfortable in a straight ahead context or playing world music, Jeff has worked in groups ranging from tours with The Nelson Riddle Orchestra to recording with Ecuadorian group Koyari. Currently Jeff works with numerous projects as a sideman, including Girum Mezmur and Ayele Mamo's Addis Acoustic Project in addition to Brad Shepik and Seido Salifoski's Balkan Peppers. Jeff has released two records as a bandleader- Taking Root and In Transit. In addition to his work as a rhythm section player, Jeff is noted for his compositions and lyrical soloing technique.

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Amanda Devon

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Jay Danley

Canadian recording artist Jay Danley is a world-class session musician who contributed instrumentally to multiple Juno award-nominated records (Hilario Duran) and is the featured guitarist on the Juno award-winning (Julian Fauth), blues album of the year release.   He has performed with a multitude of legendary musicians from around the world. His coveted tenure with British–Canadian jazz vibraphonist, percussionist, and composer Peter Appleyard is a memorable chapter is in his storied career, along with performances with primary members of Buena Vista Social Club and Salsa star Oscar D'León, to name a few.   Danley is recognized as one of Canada’s leading Jazz and Latin multi-instrumentalist musicians/composers, who as band leader delivered many memorable performances, at the highly acclaimed “Beaches International Jazz Festival,” performed at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall and graced the stage at the “Barbados Jazz Festival.”   Known as the creator of his own compelling style of “Ethiojazz,” Jay was selected by the “Ontario Arts Council,” in a rigorous juried competition, to receive funds to create his current album release titled "Ethiojazz Volume 1." The album contains memorable melodies, themes and incredible performances, showcasing tracks that flow from high energy dance music to sweet ballads

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Jama Ko

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Jama Ko

Out/Here

2013

Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate and his band, Ngoni Ba's third album continues the increasingly outward-looking trajectory of its predecessors. The debut, the lovely Segu Blue (Out/Here, 2007), was unadorned roots music. Its follow-up, the more visceral I Speak Fula (Out/Here, 2010), wove ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab and Guinea’s Authenticite Movement Show Their Roots

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Sterns Music's lovingly put-together compilations of work by stars of Francophone West African music's “belle époque“--the decade and a half accompanying and immediately following the independence years of the 1960s--are now digging further into history with releases featuring more obscure, but just as entrancing, figures from that era.

For different reasons, Senegalese singer ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Owiny Sigoma Band: Rising From The East

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Owiny Sigoma Band

Owiny Sigoma Band

Brownswood Recordings

2011

Along with its close neighbors, Tanzania and Uganda, Kenya--as viewed from Europe or North America--is one of the final frontiers in African music. Indirectly, this is the result of the decades-long, overwhelming impact of Zairean rumba on east Africa, and its ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Compilations: Doing The Right Thing

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Double-albums of classic Congolese and South African recordings demonstrate the right and the wrong ways to go about compilations.

Tabu Ley Rochereau

The Voice Of Lightness Vol. 2: Congo Classics 1977-1993

Sterns

2010

From its inception, everything about Sterns' compilation program has been pitch-perfect. Curated by enthusiasts with deep ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

The Majestic “Return” of King Sunny Ade & His African Beats

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King Sunny Ade

Baba Mo Tunde

IndigeDisc

2010

A leading exponent of Nigerian juju music since the late 1970s, and in 2010 still the most sought after live artist for expatriate Nigerians in Europe and north America, vocalist and guitarist King Sunny Ade once rivalled Afrobeat's Fela Kuti and Zairean rumba's ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Senegal's Etoile de Dakar featuring Youssou N'Dour and south London's Yaaba Funk

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The birth of mbalax in Senegal towards the close of the 1970s, and a 2010 highlife/funk hybrid from south London, show how the embrace of imported styles by African musicians can enrich the continent's music.



Etoile de Dakar featuring Youssou N'Dour
Once Upon a Time in Senegal: The Birth of Mbalax 1979-1981 ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: I Speak Fula

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
I Speak Fula
Sub Pop!
2010

Much has been made of the symbiosis between traditional Malian and roots North American musics, of which the “desert blues" of guitarist Ali Farka Toure (1939-2006) provides convincing evidence. Any remaining doubts about west African savannah-belt culture ...