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: 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

Album Review: Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble – Fire, Sweat and Pastis

You hardly know what to expect when you see an album by a band named Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble. How much of their music is going to be inspired by the Voodoo beliefs and practices? Is it going to be a hybrid that somehow manages to blend the Beninese and Finnish cultures perfectly? Fire, Sweat and Pastis, … Continue reading Album Review: Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble – Fire, Sweat and Pastis

Daymé Arocena – Neuva Era Album review

  Afro-Cuban and Caribbean music is a confluence of diverse musical styles including Spanish music, Jazz, Soul, native African music and traditions as well as the contemporary Cuban flair. As an art from, it can be serendipitous, electric, mellow or fiery. Daymé Arocena, on her most recent album, Neuva Era, is simultaneously breaking down and … Continue reading Daymé Arocena – Neuva Era Album review