Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
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
File under: excellent news. Details.
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday, December 31st, 2009
A profile of Lemi Ghariokwu
Friday, December 11th, 2009
Femi Kuti speaking on politics and Afrobeat; interviewed in San Francisco earlier this year. Via Spin Earth.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
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
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
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
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!,” 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
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,...