Revisiting Bubblegum Pop from South Africa with Umoja 

  Contemporary South Africa music tends to be driven by electronic music, especially post apartheid music like Kwaito. Musicians in the 80s, attracted to the warbly yet syrupy sounds from cryptic synthesizers, organs and guitars helped lay the foundations for the deep house and Kwaito craze that dominates current South african music.  Bubblegum pop and … Continue reading Revisiting Bubblegum Pop from South Africa with Umoja 

Album Review: Daymé Arocena – Cubafornia

In 2015, Daymé Arocena dropped her debut solo album, Nueva Era to critical acclaim in the Afro-Cuban and Jazz circles across the world. She proclaimed and ushered her audience into a new era of Afro-Cuban music with serenading yet powerful melodies about mystical spirits and losing love on singles such as her sleeper hit, Come … Continue reading Album Review: Daymé Arocena – Cubafornia

Album Review: Jinja – The Nile Project

  Nature awakens with such graceful force on The Nile Project’s second album, Jinja. 15 musicians from 11 countries who drink from this magnificent waterbody alloy their sounds to make a passionate plea for this river. The Nile’s existence in critical, not only to the daily lives of the people of the countries through which … Continue reading Album Review: Jinja – The Nile Project

Amara Toure Is Missing

Album Review: Amara Touré 1973-1980 Amara Toure is missing. Nobody knows where he is, if he is alive or whatever happened to him since the 1980s. Yet, his body of work, which is all he is survived by, is one of the most irreplaceable African music discographies of all time. The Guinean went to Senegal … Continue reading Amara Toure Is Missing

Special Sauce – Sabolai Mix

African Electronic Music is one of the most criminally underrated genres of all time. Usually, major labels and music media tend to group all music from the continent under one vague and lazy category: World Music. This tag undermines the genius work of artist who have toiled to innovate new and distinct sounds, mirroring their … Continue reading Special Sauce – Sabolai Mix

Album Review: Katapila Trotro – An Electrifying Sonic Portrait of Ghana’s capital

It is hard to find a soundtrack that would illuminate the intricacies of the city of Accra due to its volatile and mercurial nature. At some tangents, the city is a cool breezy, slowly gracing the hairs of your skin. At other blurry and serendipitous moments, it is an electric shock zipping through your being. … Continue reading Album Review: Katapila Trotro – An Electrifying Sonic Portrait of Ghana’s capital

Kyekyeku blends palmwine and highlife on compelling debut 

    Ghana is an inherently musical nation. In everything Ghanaians do, they seem to find ways to inject some musicality into it. By lubricating their daily tasks with music, like fisher folk hauling in their catch with pulsating songs that match the tenacity of the sea or trotro mates calling out for passengers in … Continue reading Kyekyeku blends palmwine and highlife on compelling debut 

Album Review: Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano – Heritage

  Richard Bona has managed to have a substantial impact on the African music scene over the past years by staying consistent and relevant. The exceptionally talented bassist and afro-fusion aficionado has carved a niche for himself with his strong affliction to serenading charming rhythms, tingling falsettos and his stellar dexterity in composing complex, detailed … Continue reading Album Review: Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano – Heritage

Defining African Electronic Music with Francis Bebey

Music, of any form and kind, from distorted, aggressive stabs at electric guitars to the high-pitched ballads that beads on a string sing, no matter how meek or aggressive must submit to some form of classification. A group name to water down its oddity and mask its fragrance with something more familiar and relatable.  The … Continue reading Defining African Electronic Music with Francis Bebey