With the Abass Orchestra’s De Bassari Togo, this time the Analog Africa label offers us an Afrofunk dive into the golden age of the still largely unknown “Islamic Funk Belt.”
The youngest son of Fela Kuti carries his father's mantle as bandleader for Egypt 80. The album Black Times is nominated for the 61st Grammy Awards.
The four Paris-based musicians offer a new approach to Venezuelan music. Their first album, La Candela Del Rio, flows like an incandescent musical river.
This new version of Ataque is a pleasant surprise, bearing the colors of 60s carioca (Rio de Janeiro culture). It also offers a great opportunity to revisit the career of an artist who has been lauded more in the United States than in his native country.
The Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango, who turned Eighty-Five in December 2018, was an essential figure in breaking down barriers to African music, particularly thanks to the international success of "Soul Makossa," in 1972. Here, he reveals his journey, moving between jazz, rumba, funk and reggae, crossing paths with Sidney Bechet, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Bob Marley and Mohamed Ali along the way, as well as General de Gaulle, Emperor Bokassa and notions of Pan-Africanism. For this long-form interview, we begin at the beginning: at the foot of Mount Cameroon, 1933.
It’s a strong and captivating ode to femininity. Watch the official video here.