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Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Songs for Mandela: Weekend Music Break 64

This post combines Steffan’s wonderful playlist of South African tunes of and for Nelson Mandela and the international playlist we published when we first heard news of the great man’s death. When we sent around the AIAC “office” inviting our contributors to suggest songs for Nelson Mandela (both music about him and tracks that could

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Songs for Mandela [International Edition]

When we sent around the AIAC “office” inviting our contributors to suggest songs for Nelson Mandela (both music about him and tracks that could stand as tributes to the man), the suggestions came flooding in. This is...

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Bonus: Friday Music Break, N°37

10 new music videos to finish this week of blogging. Here’s a first video by photographer and graphic designer Laurent Seroussi for Salif Keita’s new Tale album, produced by Gotan Project’s Philippe Cohen-Solal: Vimeo clip above. (The YouTube version...

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Friday Bonus Music Break, N°26

We should start numbering these bonus music breaks. First up, above, from Kenya: the Large Gang, who claim to be “a lifestyle,” or at least more than a music group. Also from Nairobi (H/T “urban soul” blog...

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Music / “Francophone Africa’s Achebe”

In January this year Chimurenga Magazine proposed a soundtrack for Cheikh Hamidou Kane’s 1961 novel, L’Aventure Ambigue, which they dubbed “Francophone Africa’s answer to China Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. The songs selected here follow Samba Diallo’s journey...

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Wally Badarou

Some old skool flavor for the weekend. The 1986 video for “Chief Inspector” by the Paris-born, Beninois musician Wally Badarou, more famous for his collaborations with Grace Jones ( examples, Private Life and “Use Me“, while he...

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Music Break

Salif Keita performs his standard “Folon” live on Dutch TV in March 2010.