CDs, Music, Reviews

CD Review: Boubacar Traore, Mali Denhou

[Lusafrica, 2011] Hard to believe it’s been six years since Boubacar Traore’s quietly stunning Kongo Magni CD was released, but Kar Kar (as Traore is affectionately known) knows what it’s like to be entirely away ...
Concerts, Music, Reviews

Slideshow: Vieux Farka Toure in San Francisco

Vieux Farka Toure, son of the late master guitarist Ali Farka Toure, put on an amazing show at The Independent in San Francisco on May 15, 2011. The singer from Mali combined his trademark ...
CDs, Music, Reviews

CD Review: King Sunny Ade, Baba Mo Tunde

King Sunny Ade, Baba Mo Tunde [IndigeDisc, 2010] Ah, Sunny Ade, the Juju King. He was the first African musician I got turned on to more than a quarter century ago, when he was being ...
Interview, Music, Reggae

Daara J

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="230" caption="Daara J at Reggae on the River 2005 (photo by Lee Abel)"][/caption] Daara J means ‘school of life’ and for the three ...
Culture, Politics, Spirituality

Queens of Africa

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Oct 19
I now reminisce that were it not for my dire quest for profundity in African studies as part of my extra-curricular knowledge, I would possibly have been very ignorant of the prowess, glory, splendor, ...
Concerts, Music, Reggae, Reviews

Rocky Dawuni and Stevie Wonder in L.A.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Stevie Wonder & Rocky Dawuni; photo by Cary Sullivan"][/caption] The weekly AfroFunké Thursdays at Zanzibar, founded by African Afro-Roots ...
Culture, Spirituality

Rastafari – Way of Life

The world of Rastafari has come into increasing awareness, investigation and question as we ...
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