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Album Reviews
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

Can't Sit Down (World Village)

On his latest CD, the reigning king of zydeco works within the fixed points of his Louisiana musical tradition—the influences of blues, country and R&B, and the occasional French vocal—and rocks up the mix for maximum contemporary party appeal...
Album Reviews
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011


Born in Uruguay but living in Brooklyn, singer-guitarist-songwriter Guarco makes music that sounds like a walk down a New York street in summertime—or a street in most cosmopolitan places in the 21st century. On Fiebre, Guarco blends music from...
Thursday, July 14, 2011

Book Review

Many terrible stories are told of wars where rape is wielded as a weapon. Regina Bakala was raped in the course of the series of civil wars that tore apart her country, the Congo, one of the most troubled lands on earth. After escaping and settling in the U.S., Regina was eventually reunited with her husband, himself a torture survivor. The idyll ended when ICE agents arrested Regina...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Nagez Rameurs (Mad River)

Some folk music groups try to update their sound with rock rhythms or hip-hop beats while others go for raw-boned period authenticity. Quebec's Genticorum fall into another camp where historical details are polished to a high gloss and the players admit to a certain eclecticism in their influences—including an...
Album Reviews
Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010

Nagore Sessions (EarthSync)

The Sufis always took an expansive view of spirituality and human possibility; it’s no surprise finding Sufi singer in collaboration with musicians of other backgrounds on the Nagore Sessions. Named for the site of a Sufi place of pilgrimage on the Bay of Bengal, the sessions involve a trio of Sufi devotional singers...
Album Reviews
Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

Land of Fire

Growing up in Ghana, Mohammed Alidu lived in a world of rhythm centered on the talking drums of the bizungs, the hereditary percussion masters. With Land of Fire, Alidu follows the path of many recent African musicians into Afro-pop, blending the age-old rhythms with Western instruments and contemporary...