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.
The Franco-Colombian group has finished its new album in the land of the ancestral currulao tradition on the Pacific coast, combining the electricity of rock music with the freedom of jazz.
Born in Belém but based in São Paulo, the singer-guitarist is releasing his fourth album, Avante Delírio. It marks an ode to positivity in a country that yearns to rediscover its smile.
Alicia Olatuja excellent new album Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women has a crystal clear premise: a celebration of female composers that resonates with demands for gender equality in wider society, especially in the age of the TimesUp and MeToo movements.
Originally from Nancy (France), the nineteen-year-old Berklee student and keyboard virtuoso has already won over Louis Cole and Thundercat. Teamed up with drummer J.D. Beck, DOMi is working on her first album, which is being pursued by the labels Brainfeeder and Stones Throw. The future belongs to her.
Released in 1971 after three years of production, this triple album brought together the best musicians of the time on a score combining libertarian jazz with psychedelic rock in a cabaret atmosphere with lyrics by Paul Haines. A half-century later, it’s as fascinating as ever.
On Infection In The Sentence the young pianist shows an open mindedness when it comes different forms of expression – both past and present – and the maturity required to chart the course ahead.
This new album by the Nubiyan Twist collective offers a feverish immersion into South East London party culture, an urban jungle where Neo-soul, ethio-jazz, afrobeat and acid-jazz interlace, welding in constantly surprising ways.