The latest reissue from the Mr Bongo label, African Dances by the Nigerian artist Shina Williams, is as rare as it is precious.
The guembri's history spans across epochs, continents and musical genres. Let's take a closer look at the Gnawa instrument's story so far as it infuses the music of Mâalems with that of jazzmen as well as electronic frontrunners, too.
Gaye Su Akyol unveiled İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir, her latest creation, in an iridescent cape, mutinous bangs, and war paints on the New Morning stage in Paris last October 28. On this excellent third album just released on Glitterbeat Records, the Istanbul artist pits psyche-punk surrealism and emancipatory dreams against conservative oppression. Let’s meet her.
Raised in Minas Gerais, the singer, composer, and co-founder of the Clube da Esquina in Belo Horizonte helped invent sophisticated Brazilian Popular Music (MPB), while being nurtured by the best international musicians, with Wayne Shorter at the top of the list.
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.