Tag Archives: West African

Interview: Q&A w/ Dandana – Free the Music! (September 2020)

Interview: Q&A w/ Dandana – Free the Music! (September 2020)

The fact that music keeps on gifting us new and surprising releases is one of the few positive notes of this mad 2020. One of the most exciting comes from the Netherlands. Roughly 50 miles from Amsterdam, in The Hague, a six-piece band formed in 2015 is giving new meanings...
Preview: Hi-Life Conversations (Facebook: Saturday 27th June 2020)

Preview: Hi-Life Conversations (Facebook: Saturday 27th June 2020)

Today, from 5PM, join us on Facebook for an afternoon and evening of Hi-Life sounds and words! Hi-life music originated in present-day Ghana early in the 20th century. It harnesses the melodic and rhythmic structures of traditional Akan music, but is played mainly with Western instruments. Hi-life is distinguished by...
Album Review: Santrofi – Alewa [Outhere Records; April 2020]
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Album Review: Santrofi – Alewa [Outhere Records; April 2020]

Here to revive the golden era of highlife, box-fresh 8-piece Santrofi bridge the mid-century sound of Ghana with polished afrobeat and an azonto attitude (more on that later.) Assembled around bass player Emmanuel Ofori, whose credentials include playing with elders Ebo Taylor, and Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band, the...
Bandcamp’s Fundraiser Special – Albums (Friday 20th March 2020)

Bandcamp’s Fundraiser Special – Albums (Friday 20th March 2020)

It doesn’t happen everyday that online music platforms champion the cause of musicians, but Bandcamp has showed us, more than once, to be different from the vast majority of music platforms. Today (until 11.59PM Pacific Time), to support all the artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oakland-based company will...
Visions of Sound  (February 2020)

Visions of Sound (February 2020)

Every month, we bring you a collection of the best world music-related videos. That’s our way to give value to too often overlooked, rich and diverse artistic expressions. Listen with your eyes! Watch the full playlist:
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