Archive for June, 2008

Bassekou Kouyate

June 27, 2008

Very cool mini-doc on Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate. Be sure to also take a look at Out Here’s two part (one) (two) electronic press kit put together for the release of Bassekou’s wonderful album, Segu Blue.

Classe Tous Risques

June 22, 2008

A forgotten gem, Classe Tous Risques is a densely packed crime noir starring Lino Ventura as a ruthless gangster who is also a sensitive family man (40 years before Tony Soprano), fleeing the authorities from Milan to Paris. Jean-Paul Belmondo, early in his career, shows up 40 minutes into the movie as Ventura’s mob-assigned accomplice, and wisely doesn’t attempt to steal the film from the formidable star. First time director Claude Sautet brings an amazingly assured hand to this multi-level drama, and the black and white location photography is stunning.

Amadou & Mariam

June 21, 2008

Dimanche a Bamako by Amadou et Mariam.


June 17, 2008

You can never have too much music from Cape Verde. Here’s Lura and Oh Naia.

Sir Victor Uwaifo

June 13, 2008

Thanks to Timjim for pointing us in the direction of this informative site dedicated to Soundway’s fantastic Nigeria Special series. Among the features there is this entertaining video of Sir Victor Uwaifo, plus a lovely cut by Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National. Enjoy the weekend!

Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National – Okwukwe Na Nchekwube

Lagos Shake: A Tony Allen Chop Up

June 11, 2008

Since releasing Lagos No Shaking by revered Nigerian drummer and Africa 70 bandleader Tony Allen about 2 years ago, the UK label Honest Jons has commissioned a series of 12″ records by artists around the world that use the original Allen tracks as jumping off points for modern explorations of the Afro Beat sound. Now many of those tracks have been compiled for a new album, Lagos Shake. While the results are a mixed bag, standout cuts by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Salah Ragab & His Afro-Egyptian Ensemble, Mark Ernestus, and Warieka Hill Sounds make the investment well worth while. And the stunning cover photograph will strike up conversation when on display in your home.

African Rhythms 06/05/08

June 5, 2008

Found myself in Studio Four at KFAI again today, sitting in for Salif and Charlie on the African Rhythms show. The outstanding new compilation Nigeria 70 Lagos Jump was featured, along with a plethora of beats from Mali, Madagascar, the US, and lots more vintage Nigerian music. You can stream the show for 2 weeks after the broadcast here. Playlist after the break.


Concha Buika

June 3, 2008

Jazzy flamenco singer Buika has a new CD coming out later this month. In anticipation we present this clip of her performance of Volver, Volver with Javier Limón.