Djeneba & Fousco | Kayeba Khasso

Djeneba & Fousco | Kayeba Khasso

ARTIST: Djeneba & Fousco TITLE: Kayeba Khasso LABEL: Lusafrica Djeneba Kouyate and Fousseyni (Fousco) Sissoko are both descendents of griot families from Mali’s Kayes region. Djeneba became a star by winning the Toukangoura competition (think Malian Idol) in 2010, Fousco won it in 2011, they became musical collaborators shortly thereafter and married in 2012. Djeneba’s voice is an extraordinary instrument: she can be powerful and commanding while retaining intimacy and vulnerability. She’s at her best…

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Sonido Gallo Negro | Mambo Cosmico

Sonido Gallo Negro | Mambo Cosmico

ARTIST: Sonido Gallo Negro TITLE: Mambo Cosmico LABEL: Glitterbeat Sonido Gallo Negro (SGN), an eight-piece band from Mexico City, expand their horizons on their third album. Until now, they’ve focused on an updated version of the Peruvian psychedelic cumbia called chicha. Their second album, Sendero Mistico, was outstanding, one of my favorite recording of 2014 – it stands alongside Chicha Libre’s Canibalismo at the pinnacle of the chicha revival movement. There’s still plenty of the…

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Little Axe | London Blues

Little Axe | London Blues

ARTIST: Little Axe TITLE: London Blues LABEL: Echo Beach Little Axe (aka Skip McDonald, aka Bernard Alexander) was part of two of the 20th century’s most influential studio bands: the unnamed house band that backed many of rap’s early hits on Sugar Hill Records, and Tackhead, who provided the industrial soundtrack for Adrian Sherwood projects like Mark Stewart’s Maffia, African Head Charge and New Age Steppers. Since 1993 he’s been recording and performing as Little…

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Drunken Foreigner Band | White Guy Disease

Drunken Foreigner Band | White Guy Disease

ARTIST: Drunken Foreigner Band TITLE: White Guy Disease LABEL: Electric Cowbell Molam is the country music of Laos and northeastern Thailand. In the 1970s, it was cross-fertilized with rock (especially of the psychedelic persuasion) and soul borne by ubiquitous American soldiers. Many Thais think molam is “taxi driver music” of and for the underclass, but some Western listeners (and to fair, plenty of Thais as well) are captivated. Count Drunken Foreigner Band among the latter….

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