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Concert Review: Bassekou Kouyate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC, 10/30/14)

Bassekou Kouyate playing the ngoni

Kouyate is so heavily identified with the West African lute called the ngoni that the instrument's Wikipedia page features a photo of him. Read More »

Music Review: Sergio Mendes – ‘Magic’

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The music is recognizably Sergio Mendes, but it is Mendes with an eye to what music needs to be in 2014. Read More »

Music Reviews: Maria Bethania – ‘The Essential Maria Bethania: Love Letter,’ ‘Oasis,’ & ‘My Backyard’

Maria Bethania

Maria Bethania is a Brazilian songstress who deserves greater attention in the United States. Read More »

Music Review: Ute Lemper – ‘Forever: The Love Poems of Pablo Neruda’

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Lemper and her band honor Neruda's timeless words as fully as I could have imagined, setting them to music made of the same beauty and passion the poet so often celebrated. Read More »

Interview: Somi on Her Major Label Debut, ‘The Lagos Music Salon’

Somi The Lagos Music Salon

Somi's "New African Jazz" style comes out of her lengthy stays in Lagos, Nigeria. Read More »

Music Review: Somi – ‘The Lagos Music Salon’

somi lagos music salon

'The Lagos Music Salon' offers not only some beautiful music, but some important ideas as well. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Releases and Tours from Caleb Johnson, Kris Allen, Ne-Yo, Sinéad O’Connor, Stevie Nicks, Somi and More

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From American Idol winners to Stanley Clarke to Stevie Nicks and Ne-Yo, there's major news from top artists, music icons, and hot up-and-comers this week. Read More »

Music Blu-ray Review: Peter Gabriel – ‘Back To Front: Live In London’

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Might contain material close to 40 years old, but feels far more alive than most of what you hear being released today. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Releases and Tours from Steve Aoki, Weird Al Yankovic, Seether, Skid Row and More

Steve Aoki

From Skid Row to Vashti Bunyan to Steve Aoki to Ted Nugent, there's big news from several generations of musical icons this week. Read More »

Music Review: Mangoseed – ‘Basquiat’

Basquiat CD Cover

Great instrumental skills combined with emotional vocals and a refreshing fusion of music genres come together in Mangoseed’s debut. Read More »