Posts Tagged: afrobeat

Album of the Week: Sinkane’s Life & Livin’ It

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Take a musician born in London, raised for a time in Sudan, and relocated to Ohio at five years old. Have his parents make him listen to Bob Marley, and let him eventually discover great Afrobeat like William Onyeabor, and Pharoah Sanders’s legendary saxophone. Here is how we get to Ahmed Gallab, the mastermind behind Sinkane, who […]

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Album of the Week: Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love!

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Amidst writing, producing, and starring in the FX series Atlanta and being cast to portray a young Lando Calrissian in an upcoming Star Wars installment, Donald Glover took some time to return to his Childish Gambino persona and has released one of the most interesting album of 2016. Awaken, My Love!, out on Glassnote Records, is Childish Gambino’s […]

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Petite Noir’s New Album Now Streaming

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Petite Noir has dubbed his music “noirwave,” and La Vie Est Belle, his upcoming new album from Domino, has been described as a borrowing the sound of Tears for Fears and Duran Duran along with Afrobeat and South African house. Read more about Petite Noir’s artistic project, his idea of noirwave, and what he might […]

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Song of the Day: “Zombie”

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The genre known as “afrobeat” has a long history, thanks mostly to the visionary multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti. When the Nigerian composer first came up with the name for his unique sound in the early ’70s, his music was moving thematically from the topic of love to more socially-conscious issues. His hit 1977 album, Zombie, criticized […]

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