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The Indelible Mark of the Mbira

The multi-named thumb piano is quite an important foundational instrument for contemporary music all over the world, although it’s perhaps not always recognized as such. In Congo, colonial era missionaries…..

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Yasiin Bey plays a mbira …

[brightcove vid=1834387612001&exp3=672912957001&surl=http://c.brightcove.com/services&pubid=1578131987&pk=AQ~~,AAAAAF4QYhM~,8vMx38_7mU4SgZM9MmVRmS1UV8wEysw8&lbu=http://www.gq.com/video/videos/yasiin-bey-mos-def&w=486&h=412] This was done for GQ Magazine. He also raps half-heartedly. I suppose, we should be “tril(led).” He should’ve asked Shabazz Palaces* about what you can do with a…..

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Friday Music Bonus Edition

This week saw the passing of Don Cornelius. You’ll remember Letta Mbulu was once a guest on his Soul Train. I wondered what a Soul Train show set to an…..

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Music Break. Friday Bonus Edition, N°3

tUnE-yArDs cite Barrington Levy, Odetta, Woody Guthrie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Charlie Chaplin, Ruth Garbus, Bertolt Brecht, Björk, Todd Rundgren, Fela Kuti and “you” as their influences. Here they perform live at…..

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Music Break / Shabazz Palaces

I’m looking forward to hearing Shabazz Palaces play during their European tour later this month. It seems like the live renditions of the new songs don’t quite sound like the…..

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Shabazz Palaces and Kahlil Joseph

Although the effect of blending the music by Shabazz Palaces and the images of documentary-in-the-making Tough Bond escapes me, for now, I am looking forward to seeing the end results…..