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Album Review: Dobet Gnahoré – Miziki [Wagram Music; May 2018]
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Album Review: Dobet Gnahoré – Miziki [Wagram Music; May 2018]

Having been raised in an environment where performing arts and African traditions were paramount, Ivorian vocalist Dobet Gnahoré has always had great artistic confidence and a strong sense of self. Her fifth album, entitled Miziki after the Bété word for music, is a true reflection of that assurance and traditional...
Album Review: Samba Touré – Wande [Glitterbeat Records; May 2018]
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Album Review: Samba Touré – Wande [Glitterbeat Records; May 2018]

Samba Toure, Malian blues legend, guided by one of Africa’s finest composers, Ali Farke Toure, released his third album, Wande, on the Glitterbeat label (May 2018). The opening track, “Yo Pouhala” (“blah blah blah”), sung in Fulani, is an unusually sedated introduction to the album. In sympathy with its subject...
Album Review: Yonatan Gat – Universalists [tak:til; May 2018]
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Album Review: Yonatan Gat – Universalists [tak:til; May 2018]

Found sounds and field recordings have become prevalent throughout contemporary music. Anna Clyne’s Chicago Street Portraits, Henrique Eisenmann’s Jeneupti and even Fleet Foxes’ latest album Crack Up, all use rough and raw audio to create intriguing musical contrasts and comment on our relationship with culture and society. Yonatan Gat is...
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