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Angelique Kidjo

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A powerful singer and tireless performer, Angelique Kidjo has been one of the most successful performers to emerge on world music stages in the 1990s and 2000s. Her music not only draws from African traditions but also interprets the ways those traditions developed after Africans were seized and taken to the New World. Thus elements of American soul, funk, rap, and jazz, Brazilian samba, Jamaican reggae, and Cuban and Puerto Rican salsa all show up on her recordings, along with various African styles Kidjo is a native of Benin, on Africa's Atlantic coast adjacent to Nigeria; the first of her eight languages was Fon

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Zenzile: The Reimagination Of Miriam Makeba

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Umhome; House of the Rising Sun; Milele; Hapo Zamani; Love Tastes Like Strawberries; Khuluma; Pata Pata; A Piece of Ground; Kwedini; Lakutshon’ilanga; Olili; Mbombela; Jike’lemaweni; Nonqonqo; Ring Bell, Ring Bell; Mabhongo.

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Article: Live Review

Kronos Festival at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Kronos Festival at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Kronos Quartet SFJAZZ Center Kronos Festival 2022 San Francisco, CA April 7-9, 2022 Founded in 1973, Kronos Quartet has long been one of San Francisco's musical treasures. Yet, because the quartet tours internationally, a performance in its home city is an event to take note of. The three-day Kronos Festival ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


April 23, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Record Store Day. Over the years, RSD has grown from a small once-a-year experience to multiple events depending on the year. Each RSD drop features limited-edition vinyl releases, which are popular among collectors. More importantly, though, RSD draws attention to independent record stores, many of whom have flourished ...

Article: Album Review

Somi: Zenzile: The Reimagination Of Miriam Makeba

Read "Zenzile: The Reimagination Of Miriam Makeba" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il legame musicale e simbolico con l'Africa resta centrale nella produzione artistica di Somi, la vocalist e cantautrice statunitense dai genitori africani giunta al successo con gli album The Lagos Music Saloon e Holy Room. Il suo nuovo progetto è dedicato a Miriam Makeba, che avrebbe compiuto 90 anni il 4 marzo, data ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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Lagos Pepper Soup

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Even Now Prayer; Lagos Pepper Soup; The Hero’s Journey; Soki; Ma Foya; Brighter Day; Shadows Fade; Home True; Bola’s Song; Mivakpola; Leye’s Dance; Grace.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Global Fusions and African Connections

Read "Global Fusions and African Connections" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Whatever may be going wrong in the world, there are always some figures (especially artists) out there reminding us of the importance of community and celebration. Without making a direct statement on the strange circumstances of 2020, this batch of recordings nonetheless offers just the kind of vibrant affirmation the times need. Duende Libre ...

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Article: Live Review

Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 1-2

Read "Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 1-2" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Part 1 | Part 2Trondheim Jazzfest Trondheim, Norway May 9-10, 2019 Trondheim, Norway's third largest city and the country's center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology, holds a key position in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically. The sourceTrondheim started the ...

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Article: Live Review

The 2019 Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert

Read "The 2019 Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante


The 2019 Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert Carnegie Hall New York, NY February 7, 2019On Thursday, February 7, 2019, New York City's Carnegie Hall was alive with the essence of Tibet as it hosted the 2019 Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert featuring an all-star lineup of artists. Philip ...


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