AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Weekend Bonus Music Break, N°22

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

Necessary doses of pan-Africanism: Esperanza Spalding’s “Black Gold”

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

The Nordic Connection

New music from Finland and Sweden.

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Music Break. Sarkodie

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

Music Break / Ken’s Song

Some rural flavor from Hambale, Zambia. Filmed by David Tree. H/T: Adrian Bischoff.

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Music Break / J Martins and Fally Ipupa

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

Music Break

“MotoTaxi” by Guinean dancehall artist Singleton. Tiken Jah Fakoly makes a guest appearance.

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Music Break / Nneka

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Music Break

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

Music Break

Some new Ghanaian hiplife from PAPPYKOJO.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Music Break

Rapper Stalley, late last year, channels Muhammed Ali. He could have done without the racial epithet.

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Faaji Agba

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

Music Break

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

‘More Time’

Linton Kwesi Johnson exhorting us to slow down a bit.

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Music Break

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

Music Break

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Music Break

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

Music Break

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

Music Break

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

Music Break

Rapper Young Kay is “a leader of the younger urban music scene in Malawi.”

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Music Break

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...