Interview: Sibusile Xaba Shares The Creative Process Behind His Debut Album

South Africa guitarist and songwriter, Sibusile Xaba takes you on an enchanting journey through time and space on his new double disc album, Open Letter to Adoniah and Unlearning. The debut album, released via independent label and incubator, Mushroom Hour Half Hour is an amazing project rooted in the freedom of improvisation and spirituality which … Continue reading Interview: Sibusile Xaba Shares The Creative Process Behind His Debut Album

Album Review: Pop Makossa Takes You Back To Cameroon’s Famous Disco Craze

What did Cameroon sound like in the 70s and 80s? What sound gleamed dancehalls and bounced of the shimmering shirts and oily curls of dancers shaking off stress at the end of the week? What rhythms reverberated the nuances of ever-changing lives for young Cameroonians who grew up in the new found freedom of independence? … Continue reading Album Review: Pop Makossa Takes You Back To Cameroon’s Famous Disco Craze

Oumou Sangare Charms “Today’s People” with new album “Mogoya”

On this new LP, what you get from Oumou Sangare is what you would expect from a seasoned musician and more. She gives you the tenderness of her past, seasoned with the sweet promise of tomorrow without laboring you with too much or stepping away from who she is and what she stands for.

Album Review: Sena Dagadu liberates Afro-Soul on “Feathers”

Ghanaian-Hungarian singer, Sena Dagadu is clearing her own sacred groove in the growing neo afro-soul scene. The long-time member of indie band, label and incubator Irie Mafia, spreads her wings towards new horizons on her latest release, Feathers. The afro-soul songstress’ third studio album is a compact yet explosive exposition of the growing afro-soul sub-genre … Continue reading Album Review: Sena Dagadu liberates Afro-Soul on “Feathers”

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