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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Afrobeat, Brazilian Style

The following is a guest post from Wolfram Lange, a Brazilian music aficionado based in Rio de Janeiro. A few months ago Sean and I were discussing the upsurge in interest in (Fela Kuti’s) afrobeat music in Brazil. When doing a little research for a post, I came across a great comprehensive mix on Wolfram’s Soundgoods blog. So,

Monday, May 20th, 2013

The Master Drummer of Afrobeat

File under: excellent news. Details.

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

‘Landing on A Hundred’: An Interview with Cody ChesnuTT

The Yoruba have a word–tutu–for cool. Robert Farris Thompson describes it in his book Flash of the Spirit: “As we become noble, fully realizing the spark of creative goodness God endowed us with, we find the confidence...

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Cape Town African Swag

The first time I heard about rapper Youngsta (government name Riyadh Roberts) was during Public Enemy’s tour of Cape Town, in a club awkwardly named @mospheer. Chuck D and Flavor Flav rocked the crowd that night, with...

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Fela Kuti meets De La Soul

What happens? An 8-track remix compiled from “… dozens of  hand-picked samples from the Nigerian instrumentalist and political figure Fela Kuti, and 8 carefully-chosen acapellas from the Native Tongue rap trio De La Soul” called Fela Soul. The...

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

‘Cars, Clothes and Parties’

Seun Kuti (28 year old son of Fela), playing Brooklyn next month, talk to Wax Poetics TV has some issues with other artists. He is definitely casting stones on all the blinged out, autotuned Nigerian pop.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Native Son

Youtube is streaming all of the 44-odd minutes of Blitz the Ambassador’s second studio album, “Native Sun.” The album will be released May 3rd in North America, and May 6th Worldwide. I have already pre-ordered my copy.

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Representing Fela

Last week The New York Times published an odd piece of writing by one its theater “critics”, Charles Isherwood about the Broadway show “Fela!” about the life of the Afrobeat king.  Isherwood ccused the show of “tilting”...

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The Black President’s Son

This is a clip from an excellent PBS report by journalist Marco Werman who traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, where talk to Fela Kuti’s son, Seun. Watch the full program here.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Nneka’s Identity

Interview with Nigerian singer, Nneka, about her new album (the cover of which is striking) by my friend, Siddhartha Mitter, in “The Boston Globe” this weekend.

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Music Break / Pax Nicholas

Daptone Records

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

THE MAN BEHIND FELA KUTI’S ALBUM ART

A profile of Lemi Ghariokwu

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Femi Kuti speaks on politics and Afrobeat

Femi Kuti speaking on politics and Afrobeat; interviewed in San Francisco earlier this year. Via Spin Earth.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

EVERYBODY WANTS FELA TO SUCCEED (ON BROADWAY)

The New York mainstream press is all over Bill T Jones’ musical “Fela!,” which recently opened in the city.  Everybidy wants the show to succeed in a downmarket. “The New York Times” has done a few pieces–...

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

MUSIC/ JIMI TENOR AND TONY ALLEN

Great little video of Jimi Tenor and Tony Allen talking about their collabo. I like the sound of this. Belated H/T: Steve Coplan

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

MUSIC / LUCAS LIGETI AND BURKINA ELECTRIC

I like the sound of Brooklyn band, Burkina Electric. Here they perform with composer Lukas Ligeti on “Soundcheck,” a music program on WNYC, the New York City public radio station.

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

MUSIC BREAK / ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO DE COTONOU

Some bad 1970s West African funk courtesy of one of the continent’s craziest bands, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. This track is called “Gbeti Madjro.”

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

FELA KUTI IS COMING TO BROADWAY

“Fela!,” the Bill T. Jones musical about the life of the Nigerian Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is opening on Broadway on October 19. I had tickets during the show’s short Off-Broadway run last year, but on...

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

CLASSIC AFROFUNK

From the compilation album “Truth & Souls: African Music Today Vol 1.,” (the work of record collector Philip Lehman) comes “Feeling Good” by Afrofunkers Bama and the Family. Described as “laid-back Afro strut” by Wax Poetics Digital,...