Rocé’s idea of gathering 24 francophone tracks that focus notions of labor, anti-colonial sentiment and struggles for emancipation between 1969 and 1988 confirms his reputation as an informed and engaged rapper. The result is a compilation entitled Par les damné.e.s de la terre (By the Damned of the Earth).
Fresh off the release of his Pieces Of A Man album, we spoke to Mick Jenkins about the influence of Gil Scott-Heron on his music, trading bars with Ghostface, and how he balances the demands of the music industry with maintaining a private life.
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.
Nothing pre-destined Stéphane Galland to be the link between the Indian, Balkan and African musical traditions. He devised this position himself through his travels in search of an ever deeper understanding of rhythm. Drummer, jazzman or musicologist - these labels are not enough to capture the essence of this absolute fan of groove.
So far, 2018 has been pretty good to Ed Motta: the renowned Brazilian singer, pianist and guitarist is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of his first album, and also releasing a new album, the excellent Criterion Of The Senses, an homage to the music he loves: soul, funk and the entire AOR galaxy dominated by his beloved Steely Dan. Among the things Ed doesn't care for: today's music, soccer, the beach, insincere musicians and mixing music and politics ...
Ahead of a re-release of Windows via the WeWantSounds label, here's Jack Wilkins talking about Window's genesis, how it paved the way for him to work with legendary drummer and bandleader Buddy Rich, and what it feels like to be sampled by golden-era hip-hop heroes A Tribe Called Quest.
James spoke with us about the inspiration behind Lean on Me, his encounter with the somewhat reclusive Withers, and the incredible wisdom he gained from the icon.
Speaking ahead of the release of Nibiru Tut, Beans breaks down the inspiration behind the album, talks about how he tried to format it like a jazz project, and explains why he’d snub a conversation with Donald Trump.