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Friday, September 26th, 2014

Hipster’s Don’t Dance’s Top 5 World Carnival Tunes for September 2014

The second edition of the Hipster’s Don’t Dance monthly chart on Africa is a Country is here! Check it below, and be sure to visit the HDD blog regularly for all their great up-to-the-timeness out of London.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Shifting, Sonic Geography of Cartagena, Colombia

It had been three years since I’d visited Cartagena, and I was shocked by all the changes. They must have been bubbling under the surface the last time I came, because they seemed so drastic. On my first...

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Africanos Latinos

Latin America and the Caribbean haven’t gotten enough attention on this site. We’re going to intentionally rectify that, and I’m excited to start by sharing this video from sometimes collaborators of mine, Los Rakas.

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Maïmouna and African Urban France

Friday night at Sutra Lounge in New York, Maimouna Coulibaly will be performing alongside myself and DJ King Solo for Africology’s Afrique Sessions.

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Trailer: “Distant Relatives”

The new 5 minute trailer for the new Nas-Damian Marley collaboration, “Distant Relatives”–out next month–where they engage with the music of Africa. (I’ve blogged before about some of the leaked tunes from the album.) Can’t wait for...

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Shaka Zulu

Video for the single “Fresh One” by Ghanaian dancehall-rap outfit, 4X4. These guys appear to recycle images from “Shaka Zulu,” an Apartheid TV drama series which invented history about the founder of the Zulus, Shaka. (Incidentally, the...

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Nas and Damian Marley Goes to Africa

I have blogged before about “Distant Relatives,” the collaboration between Nas and Damian Marley where they make explicit the connections African music and rap and reggae. Well, now two of the tracks off the forthcoming album have now...

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

WEEKEND LINKS / MIXTAPES, EMIGRATION, RACE, BINGO, JACKSON FIVE, GENDER VIOLENCE, DANCEHALL, AFRICOM, CHRIS HANI, JULIUS MALEMA, AND BRICK CITY

A busy week on the personal front (more on that another time) so that means a lot of stuff gets the speed blog treatment. * First up, a link to the “Parts of Africa” hip hop mix:...

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

VIDEO: BOBI WINE FOR PRESIDENT

The Fader interviews the Ugandan musician Bobi Wine (whose pronouncements on the shortcomings of the country’s political leadership has earned him the title “Mr President”). More, including links to two of Bobi Wine’s dancehall-inflected songs, see here.