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Salif Keita | La Différence
If you don't speak Malian French, you might not grasp that this is a concept album about separatism and the triumph of the human spirit inspired by Keita's experiences growing up as an albino outcast in his native land. But that doesn't matter.
| June 18, 2010
Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by BIll Flanagan
In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
An excerpt from Bill Flanagan’s new novel, Evening’s Empire , the true story of a band that never existed
| February 05, 2010
Some albums are extraordinary because they capture their time. Others are great because they transcend it.
Rokia Traoré breaks through with Tchamantché
| February 09, 2009
Famoro Dioubate’s Kakande
The inventive instrumental and choral arrangements add freshness without denaturing the music’s inherent roots appeal.
Dununya | Jumbie
| February 12, 2008
The latest talent to emerge from the Cape Verdean archipelago adds new power and sophistication to an alluring national genre.
Nu Mondo | Times Square
| June 19, 2007
Mali’s most celebrated singer, Salif Keita, has long been a musical shape shifter.
M'Bemba | Decca
| April 03, 2007
The news from Africa
Top 10 lists are always arbitrary, especially when applied to a “genre” as sprawling as world music.
A year in world music
| December 18, 2006
Toumani Diabaté Symmeric Orchestra
Toumani Diabaté is widely considered the greatest living exponent of the kora, a West African 21-string harp.
Boulevard De L’independence | World Circuit/Nonesuch
| August 21, 2006
Boston’s 31st annual Bastille Day street party this Friday commemorates events in Paris, but the soundtrack will be West African.
Afropop conquers Bastille Day
| July 14, 2006
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