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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: Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Friends

Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Friends is a weapon for love, understanding and peace, and a beautiful, uplifting collection of songs. Read More »

Music Review: Putumayo Presents Tribute to a Reggae Legend

Good feelings all around—that's the spirit of this uneven but overall quite worthwhile disc. Read More »

Music Review: Fela Kuti – The Return Of The Black President (Deluxe Edition)

The Return Of The Black President is the first of a huge reissue of Fela Kuti's music by the Knitting Factory label. Read More »

Movie Review: Throw Down Your Heart: Béla Fleck Brings the Banjo Back to Africa

In search of a musical grail. Read More »