• Reggae,  World

    RIP Lucky Dube: 1964-2007

    The world loses another great musician. In a senseless & random act of violence, South African reggae star Lucky Dube was shot and killed outside of Johannesburg yesterday in an attempted carjacking – in front of his children, mind you.…

  • World

    New Manu Chao – La Radiolina

    I first came across Manu Chao a few years ago thanks to still amazing Radio Paradise. The song was “Bongo Bong”, and was like nothing I’d ever heard – a mix of latin, world beats, jazz, punk. Well he’s back…

  • Soel,  Soul,  World

    My Singing Soul

    Soel is Pascal Ohse, a Paris born and bred trumpeter and composer who’s a member of popular European group St. Germain. Memento is his first solo effort, where he pays homage to the American R&B, classic soul and jazz that…

  • World

    New Music: Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra

    This is a pretty easy segue from my last post about Tony Allen. I was reading the latest Rolling Stone yesterday, and in Austin Scaggs’ Smoking Section, he gave a heads up to the new album by Antibalas (which just…

  • Acoustic,  Rodrigo y Gabriela,  World

    Rodrigo y Gabriela

    Did anyone catch this on Letterman the other night? A mind-blowing display of guitar prowess. They’re a pair originally from Mexico City, but have been street entertainers in Dublin, Ireland, and Denmark and Spain. Watch Gabriela’s finger fly, and watch…

  • Ry Cooder,  The Chieftains,  World

    Coast of Malabar

    I had this one on an old mix CD I recently pulled out. It’s nice to unearth a gem like this once in a while. You don’t get better than a Ry Cooder traditional ballad with the Chieftains backing him…

  • World

    The Fearlessness of Fela Kuti

    It’s nearly impossible to sum up Fela Anikulapo Kuti in one post. But to put his popularity and impact into perspective, over a million people poured into the streets of Lagos, Nigeria when he passed away in 1997. Fela is…

  • World

    Lamizik Sesel (Seychelles Music)

    Benn Loxo du Taccu is one of the first music / mp3 blogs I discovered a couple of years ago. Matt is the African music expert of the blogosphere. He was living in Senegal when I first started reading and…