Category Archives: World Music

Jimmy Cliff On Career ‘Rebirth’ And The Nature Of Success

Without a doubt, the two artists most responsible for bringing reggae to the world stage are Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. Cliff became one of Jamaica’s first international superstars in the 1960s, scoring hits in the U.K. and Brazil. He’s best known … Continue reading

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Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk Re-invented

Boston’s Debo Band takes inspiration from a golden era of popular music in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the late ’60s and early ’70s. During a brief period of cultural freedom in Ethiopia, funk and soul music fused spectacularly with local traditions. … Continue reading

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Damon Albarn Captures The Sounds Of Congo

  Here’s a brief history of the sound evolution of Damon Albarn. Back in the 1990s, he fronted the hugely popular British indie band Blur. This past decade, he formed a virtual band called Gorillaz. You never saw the humans in the band … Continue reading

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Seun Kuti Channels His Father’s Political ‘Fury’

Kelechi Amadiobi/Courtesy of the artist From Africa With Fury: Rise is Seun Kuti’s latest album with his father Fela’s band, Egypt 80.   When Fela Kuti died in 1997, his band, Egypt 80, fell into the hands of his 14-year-old son. … Continue reading

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THE GOLDEN YEARS OF NIGERIAN BOOGIE

Courtesy of Comb & Razor Sound.  Art from the cover of Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times and Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983. July 2, 2011 Between 1979 and 1983, Nigeria experienced a handful of watershed moments: an oil boom, the return … Continue reading

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Australian Aboriginal Singer/Songwriter-Gurrumul

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu   Australian aboriginal singer/songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu with his album Gurrumul.   If you are a world music lover, you must listen to Gurrumul. The infectious nature of his voice and the unique sincerity of his musical … Continue reading

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Staff Benda Bilili

Congo musicians take the world by storm By Emma Jones Entertainment reporter, BBC News Benda Bilili are top of the World Music Charts and have appeared at Glastonbury and Womad   It’s the sound of Congolese rumba, tribal rhythms, James … Continue reading

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World Music Grammy Awards Winners 2011

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 13, 2011, and, as always, the nominees in the various world music categories, as well as folk music, jazz, blues, classical, and… well, pretty much everything but Top 40-type music, were … Continue reading

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CD Review: Bob Marley and the Wailers Live Forever

May 11 will mark the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s death. 30 years… I get a jolt every time I realize that it’s been so long, as his music continues to seem so relevant and current and, indeed, even continues … Continue reading

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YARAN

A Song For The Yaran The song “Yaran”, tells the story of the seven friends in Iran that were arrested and imprisoned simply for believing in theunity of humanity, of religion and of God. They are Baha’is and have been held in … Continue reading

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