Tag Archives: West African

Daily Discovery: Ballaké Sissoko & Camille – Kora (Official video)

Daily Discovery: Ballaké Sissoko & Camille – Kora (Official video)

Enjoy ‘Kora’, the latest single extracted from Malian griot Ballakè Sissoko‘s upcoming album Djourou out on NØ FØRMAT! on April 9: https://idol.lnk.to/KoraSingle   The song and its relative video see the participation of Camille, singer of French lounge band Nouvelle Vague.   The Paris-based musician shared her experience on the collaboration with...
Daily Discovery: Dobet Gnahoré – "Lève-toi" (Official Music Video)

Daily Discovery: Dobet Gnahoré – "Lève-toi" (Official Music Video)

“Lève-toi” is the first of five singles anticipating Ivorian singer/songwriter Dobet Gnahoré‘s upcoming album, Couleur, scheduled for worldwide release on June 4 via Cumbancha   “The album marks an energetic homecoming and exciting new artistic direction for this dynamic diva from Côte d’Ivoire… Filled with positive messages, calls for female...
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...