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.
First in a series where Qwest TV dives into music’s most monumental moments, we journey back to the iconic final day of Woodstock, 1969. Hendrix’ surprise performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” astounded and confounded audiences, and it has inspired music lovers ever since.
The album title Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery is about more than conjuring an image. Instead, it feels like a definite instruction to the listener. Once on board, we flash forward while the cabin walls shake, the light of the past suspended in streaks through the windows, too slow to catch up. Thus the mission log reads: status, launched; destination, unknown.
A century after the birth of Nat King Cole on March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama, his voice continues to caress some of the most velvety melodies of the post-war period.
Ivan “Mamão” Conti has released Poison Fruit, his first solo album in 20 years. The creativity of the seventy-year-old — who has been experimenting with Brazilian music for half a century — has not aged a bit.