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Egyptian Singer, Meet Burundi Bassist. Play Among Yourselves!

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.


Music Review: Dengue Fever's 'Deepest Lake'

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 sticking to this offbeat idea and introducing new sounds.


Re-Compositions, Not Covers: Sam Amidon's Personal Folk Collages

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.


Music Of Honduran Singer Aurelio Rooted In Uplifting, Preserving His Culture

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 tireless work promoting the rights of his own people — the Garifuna. Now, the former parliament member is out with his latest album Landini.

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Tsapiky: Dance Music Fit For A Funeral

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.


Album Review: 'Beware The Fetish'

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 from the collective, which hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Album Review: 'The Lagos Music Salon'

Monday, August 04, 2014

Somi is a jazz singer and songwriter currently based in New York City. Banning Eyre reviews her latest album, The Lagos Music Salon, a collection of songs composed while she lived in Lagos, Nigeria.


Album Review: 'Afropolitan Dreams'

Monday, May 12, 2014

Rapper Blitz the Ambassador hails from Ghana, but he has lately made New York City his home. This juxtaposition of continents and cultures has infused his beats with a wide range of sounds.


Album Review: 'Ya Nass'

Monday, April 28, 2014

Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan redefines the concept of Middle Eastern music. Her debut album, Ya Nass, seamlessly fuses her roots in punk rock and techno with traditional Arabic sounds.


Album Review: 'Abracaco'

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Caetano Veloso has been making music for over 40 years, and he's among the best known singers in his native Brazil. Veloso's new album, Abracaco, is one of the most engaging in his epic career.


Album Review: 'Libation'

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Years since two filmmakers discovered a group of musicians in a Guinea refugee camp, that group — Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars — continues to make new music.


27 Years Ago, Keith Jarrett Was A One-Man Band

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

In 1986, the iconic jazz pianist experimented with drums, bass and electric guitar in his home studio. Decades later, he's finally released the tapes. Reviewer Banning Eyre says that on No End, Jarrett seems to cherish rediscovering a side of his younger self.


Pedrito Martinez Group Covers Pop And Jazz And Avoids Kitsch

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Pedrito Martinez Group has a following many can envy. Since their formation in 2007, they have excited Latin music circles with their blend of folklore and dance music, as well as jazz and international pop. Banning Eyre says the band members are writing a new chapter in Cuban music history, and their shared excitement on the debut album is irresistible.


Tal National: The Rock Stars Of West Africa

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Led by a guitar-playing judge, the Niger-based group is well known for epic live performances and grooves bursting with exuberance. Critic Banning Eyre discusses the band's latest album, Kaani.


The Creole Choir Of Cuba: Reviving Caribbean History In 'Santiman'

Monday, June 10, 2013

The 10-person ensemble is one of the best-known choirs from the island nation. On its newest album, Santiman, the choir sings songs in tribute to its Haitian ancestors from West Africa, who were enslaved in the Caribbean region.


Kobo Town: A Haunted 'Jukebox' Filled With Caribbean Sounds

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Toronto band plays a mix of old-school calypso, ska and West Indian styles. But its new album, Jumbie in the Jukebox, doesn't so much revive classic genres as reinvent them for a new time.


Freshlyground: Polished African Pop On The Global Dance Floor

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Driven by Zolani Mahola's powerhouse voice, the band is one of the most talked about musical acts out of post-apartheid South Africa. Although its latest album features an American producer, its desire to hang onto the past while establishing a place in the future is decidedly South African.


Bombino: A Desert Rock 'Nomad' Rolls Into Nashville

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach produced the Tuareg guitar virtuoso's latest album and adds sonic heft rarely heard on African guitar recordings.


The Mix: The Mali 100 Presented By Afropop Worldwide

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mali is currently a country in crisis. Yet this West African country boasts one of the world's richest musical traditions, and iconic artists like Ali Farka Toure, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare and Tinariwen. With help from our friends at Afropop Worldwide, we selected 100 songs that demonstrate Mali's musical breadth.


Latin Gold In The Frozen North At Toronto's Lula Lounge

Monday, March 04, 2013

A new compilation, Lula Lounge: Essential Tracks, showcases Canada's thriving Latin music scene.