Banning Eyre appears in the following:
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
A region of the Niger Delta destabilized by environmentally calamitous oil spills and political neglect, Ogoniland is fortunately also home to musicians who are making their voices heard.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Three of the most recognized folk artists from the island of Madagascar came together to form a trio called Toko Telo. Music reviewer Banning Eyre says they've created perhaps the best introduction yet to Madagascar's utterly alluring folk music.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The celebrated singer has crafted a rich, rejuvenating album that addresses weighty subjects like suicide and the aftermath of her country's recent political crises.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The group's musical mashup of tradition and technology on the album République Amazone echoes a greater goal: to make a big noise for women in a world run by men.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
On his debut album Only Human, the young pop artist channels the energy of legends like Michael Jackson in more ways than one.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The new release, Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta, contains music from a rich cultural moment in Burkina Faso just after it achieved independence from France.
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
For over four decades, Khalife has made music amid political turmoil and social upheaval. His latest album, Andalusia Of Love, is brooding and wistfully optimistic.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Banning Eyre reviews two albums from artists who are reinventing classic sounds from Puerto Rico: iLe's iLevitable and Miramar's Dedication to Sylvia Rexach.
Thursday, June 02, 2016
In 1959, Paul Bowles traveled around Morocco to record as much traditional music as he could. A new box set of those recordings tells almost as much about Bowles as it does Morocco half a century ago.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The last living member of Bob Marley and the Wailers recently finished his first U.S. tour in more than 20 years. "That's my legacy: to sing for you people," says the 69-year-old musician.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Bixiga 70 is a 10-piece band from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The eclectic set of musicians seamlessly fuses cumbia, afrobeat and funk. NPR's Banning Eyre says their instrumental dance songs have earned them a global reputation.
Monday, August 03, 2015
You might not have heard of Solorazaf, but you've certainly heard him play guitar. He's been a sideman to everyone from Nina Simone to Dizzy Gilespie. His latest solo album is called Solodeguitar.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band's eight songs unfold in beautifully paced arrangements that are unhurried, but also packed with ideas. Legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen guests.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Imagine a country where most of the people are under 14 years old. Madagascar singer Razia Said lives in the U.S., but her songs tackle the challenges the African island nation faces.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The musicians who live in countries along the Nile rarely got to meet — until the Nile Project came along. Now they learn from each other, make records together and are currently touring the U.S.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Named after the mosquito-borne disease, LA's band Dengue Fever combines psychedelic rock with Cambodian pop. For over a decade, the six member band have managed to stay relevant by st...
Monday, November 03, 2014
On his new album, Lily-O, the folk musician approaches the genre with a sense of adventure, not reverence. In the process, he makes parts of our musical past viscerally present to us.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Known only by his first name, Honduran singer Aurelio has been making music for a decade. Yet, Aurelio is not only known for his raspy voice and catchy cumbia melodies, but for his ti...
Monday, September 29, 2014
In the West, we're used to hearing dance music at weddings. In southern Madagascar, guests might hear tsapiky, a regional guitar-band music, at funerals, as well as any other number of ceremonies.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Fifteen different musicians from five different ethnic groups have gathered to create music under the name Kasai Allstars. Banning Eyre reviews Beware the Fetish, the latest album fro...