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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Meet Bittereinder

I discovered the three piece Afrikaans outfit Bittereinder through the internet and fell in love with them because of their live performance. Their music, a bass-heavy flurry of high-energy drops and subdued melodies, develops a different personality on stage, often in stark contrast to the studio recordings. Bleeps become filtered echoes; drum patterns change, or disappear completely....

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Weekend Music Break 48

Rapper, activist, and radio host Xuman returns with this week’s edition of “Rap Journal”. Addressing police corruption in Senegal while paying homage to the South Africa’s beacon of light, Nelson Mandela. Look out for a guest appearance...

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

My Subjective List of The Best Albums of 2012

No, Somali-Canadian rapper/crooner K’Naan’s “God, Country or the Girl” did not make my list of best albums of 2012. And his post-facto denouncement of its contents in an op-ed in The New York Times (!) has nothing...

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The Top 10 Music Videos of 2012

2012 is rapidly coming to a close, which means it’s time to assemble some of our favorite music videos from the past year. Indeed it’s no easy task to construct a video in which the moving picture...

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Friday Bonus Music Break, N°26

We should start numbering these bonus music breaks. First up, above, from Kenya: the Large Gang, who claim to be “a lifestyle,” or at least more than a music group. Also from Nairobi (H/T “urban soul” blog...

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Music Break

Some catchy, and barely tolerable, pop from JR–remember him from the kwaiti/dance hit ‘Make the Circle Bigger‘–featuring the anti-Waddy and very unserious rapper, Jack Parow, as well as a hook from a singer of the Afrikaans pop...

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