The singer established herself in a masculine environment, achieving numerous successes in the 1970s. A Carioca icon and tireless activist, she has passed away at the age of seventy-two.
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.
Jazz is experiencing a rich renaissance right now. Headed up by artists and bandleaders that include the saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, the drummer and producer Makaya McCraven, and tuba maestro Theon Cross, this new wave of talent has reinvigorated the genre. But listeners with keen ears will have also picked up on the sub plot of jazz guitarists making a return to the fore and playing a pivotal role in a number of recent key releases.
With 1958, the Cameroonian musician presents his most political record yet: Blick Bassy has put his voice, his gentleness and his Bassa folk in service of the history of the militant activist Ruben Um Nyobè, the forgotten father of Cameroonian independence.
Based on the worship of the Orishas, the Yoruba religion combines the beliefs and ritual practices of the Yoruba peopl, originally established in southwestern Nigeria, Benin and Togo. A belief system as well as a point of cultural heritage, it never fails to inspire artists who, in turn, use it as a conduit for expressing their beliefs, their roots and their ancestors. Spanning, jazz, hip hop, house and bossa nova, we take a look at some notable examples.
Known primarily as a result of rapper Lando Chill’s recent recordings, producer Andy "Lasso" C., now The Lasso, has released a ‘solo’ album. Here, the inverted commas are needed because The Sound of Lasso is comprised of work involving no less than thirteen musicians.
You’re The Man is simultaneously the greatest 'lost' soul album of all time and a fistful of fascinating but incongruent sessions by the “Crown Prince of Soul,” Marvin Gaye. It’s contents are brilliant and an indispensable record of Marvin’s prolific months following the release and transcendent success of his previous album, What’s Going On.
God Bless the Brits, particularly for their adoration of American rhythm and blues. If it weren’t for their rabid music fans we wouldn’t have The Beatles, The Stones, The Kinks, The Who, Led Zeppelin and countless other bands built on the backs of black American musical innovators from Robert Johnson to Bo Diddley. Also, we wouldn’t have this essential Roy Ayers album from 1983, being reissued by the London-based label, BBE Records.