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Friday, March 7th, 2014

Finding the Afro- in Brazil

Last week I wrote a post about my excitement around the African musical permutations I was hearing this year in Trinidad’s Carnival. Since this week I was in Brazil for my first Carnaval Carioca, I wanted to also write about my experiences seeking out similar connections as a newcomer to this country. It’s no secret that

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Review: “Next Stop … Soweto”

Recently I reviewed the new 3-part Strutt Records compilation, “Next Stop … Soweto,” for The National. The album series are re-releases of rare 45s and other recordings from 1960s and 1970s South Africa. The first installment showcases “Township Sounds from...

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

DR NO’S ETHIOPIUM

This is good.

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.”

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

MUSICAL BREAK / MILES DAVIS, “AMANDLA” (1989)

Personnel: Miles Davis (Trumpet) Benjamin Rietveld (Bass) Joseph “Foley” McCreary (Lead Bass) Ricky Wellman (Drums) John Bigham (Electric Percussion) Kenny Garrett (Sax & Flute) and Kei Akagi (Keyboards).