One big hit and there you go. That was Kokoroko’s story in 2018. At the time of writing, "Abusey Junction" has a total of 28 million listens on the platform. It only took one song for popularity to export the octet well beyond the English borders. On the basis of this track addressed to everyone, Kokoroko has been increasing its sell-outs for several months, and is preparing for a summer full of festivals.
Half-Japanese and half-New Zealander, Mark de Clive-Lowe was initially invested in electro club culture before becoming a jazz musician. He finds multiple artistic voices with his new album, Heritage. We caught up with him in New York at the Winter Jazz Fest, January 2019.
During the decade he spent in Paris, saxophonist Nathan Davis became a pillar of its jazz scene. Sam Records just released exclusive live sessions that he recorded with pianist George Arvanitas in 1966/67.
Riddled with accessible and heady melodies, the Munich quintet’s first album, Mara, is the unnoticed hit of 2018.
From library music to beat music, Charif Megarbane establishes the major focus of a verbose work with the Cosmic Analog Ensemble. Between the simple themes and heady tunes, there is a more human, travelling pop sensibility and a sense of DIY, which owes a lot to the sound of the 70s.
With his new album, Origami Harvest, Ambrose Akinmusire once again demonstrates the sheer creative freedom that runs through his compositions. Here is the Blue Note-signed American trumpeter discussing Origami Harvest in his own words.
From being a major musician in swinging Addis Ababa to a taxi driver in Washington DC, Hailu Mergia has seen many changes after settling in American in 1981. Reissued by the label Awesome Tapes From Africa, Hailu Mergia has this year released a new album, Lala Belu, 30 years after his first ethio-jazz adventures.