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Content by tag "African Jazz"

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 ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Franco & Le TPOK Jazz: Francophonic 2: Africa's Greatest: A Retrospective: Vol.2: 1980 - 1989

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Franco and Le TPOK Jazz
Francophonic 2: Africa's Greatest: A Retrospective: Vol.2: 1980 - 1989
Sterns
2009



The Congolese guitarist, singer, bandleader and composer Francois Luambo Makiadi--most commonly known as Franco but with a raft of other nicknames including The Grand Master and The Sorcerer of The Guitar--had ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Amadou & Mariam: The Magic Couple

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Amadou & Mariam
The Magic Couple
Wrasse Records
2009



For most people outside Mali, and maybe France, Amadou & Mariam came out of nowhere in 2005 with Dimanche a Bamako (Nonesuch). But the duo had released three other, Paris-recorded CDs before their Manu Chao-produced breakthrough, which were themselves ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Keletigui et ses Tambourinis: The Syliphone Years: 1968 - 1976

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Keletigui et ses Tambourinis
The Syliphone Years: 1968 - 1976
Sterns
2009



In Memoriam: Keletigui Traore: 26 May 1934 - 11 November 2008



The fourth release in the Sterns label's series anthologising Guinea's tradition-rooted “authenticite" bands of the 1960s and 1970s follows close on the death ...


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