Saturday, October 27th, 2012
I’m taking cues from Africa is a Country’s contributors this week. First up, Boima dropped by Amsterdam’s African Hip-Hop radio’s studio and delivered this set. One of the tracks featured on there is ‘TOHL’ (above) by Togo-born tabi Bonney (real name: Tabiabuè — father: Itadi Bonney), featuring Fat Trel. I don’t believe it was aired on
Monday, February 20th, 2012
It’s not too late to take your vitamins. And this. Jazz bass player and bandleader Esperanza Spalding, who defeated Bieber nation last year, takes on school curriculum and Black History Month with the song “Black Gold,” the...
Monday, January 30th, 2012
New music from Finland and Sweden.
Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Sarkodie takes a break from the Azonto and jumps on a Hammer beat, getting back to his rap (Hip-pop? Tema-pop? Hip-life?) roots. The interpretive dancing, and artsy black and white beach shots make it seem like the director...
Friday, July 15th, 2011
Some rural flavor from Hambale, Zambia. Filmed by David Tree. H/T: Adrian Bischoff.
Friday, July 8th, 2011
Nigeria and Congo. From 2010. J Martins featuring Fally Ipupa. It’s a remix. The latter owns the track. If you don’t want to wait, fast forward to the 1:49 mark.
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
“MotoTaxi” by Guinean dancehall artist Singleton. Tiken Jah Fakoly makes a guest appearance.
Monday, July 4th, 2011
Friday, June 24th, 2011
I forgot. I wanted to give AIAC’s Boima a shoutout for his Ghetto Balms Mix Tape at The Fader. Download here. Now it is officially weekend.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Some new Ghanaian hiplife from PAPPYKOJO.
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Rapper Stalley, late last year, channels Muhammed Ali. He could have done without the racial epithet.
Monday, June 20th, 2011
On Friday, July 22, Seun Kuti, play the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn. However, the real treat on that bill will be the warm-up act, Faaji Agba, a collective of octogenarian Nigerian musicians. The link is to...
Sunday, June 12th, 2011
I first saw Kesivan Naidoo play at the Independent Armchair Theater in Observatory. I was living around the corner at the time. He played drums in Tribe, a band fronted by pianist Mark Fransman. Much has changed...
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
Linton Kwesi Johnson exhorting us to slow down a bit.
Friday, March 11th, 2011
The video for Gil Scott Heron and Jamie X’s “I’ll Take Care of U,” from the album ‘We’re New Here.’ The video posted on Youtube on International Women’s Day, “tells the story of Nisa Rodriguez, a 19-year...
Saturday, February 12th, 2011
Saturday, February 5th, 2011
Late last year, jazz saxophonist James Moody passed away. Here’s Moody in 1989–live with Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra–doing the tune mostly associated with his career, “Moody Mood for Love.” And if you want to know how...
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
The video for the Dominican merengue singer, Rita Indiana‘s “El Juidero,” the title track of her October 2010 release. The video for the song (a narrative about escaping to Puerto Rico), “… plays like a short film,...
Monday, December 20th, 2010
The music video for “Die Heuwels Fantasies” by South African (Afrikaans) band, Noorderlig. I am more into the video than I’m into the music–Sean Jacobs.
Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Rapper Young Kay is “a leader of the younger urban music scene in Malawi.”
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
If you don’t notice the awkward “acting” at the outset of this music video and you’re a fan of retrified 60s R&B and soul, this is a nice tune and video by Paris-based Nigerian singer, Asa. It’s...