Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba | Miri

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba | Miri

ARTIST: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba TITLE: Miri LABEL: Out Here At this point in his career, Bassekou Kouyate is synonymous with his instrument, the Malian proto-banjo lute called ngoni. Anything anybody else ever does with the ngoni will be benchmarked against this man, his playing and his innovations. Kouyate’s last two albums have been hard-edged, almost rock-like, reflective of Mali’s trials since 2012’s Northern conflict. On his fifth album, Kouyate returns to his rural routes in Garana, on…

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An Exclusive Interview with Gingermon

An Exclusive Interview with Gingermon

The No Fly Zone Magazine had a funjoy time taking a sit with reggae wizard Gingermon for some real talk, a few Red Stripes, a mess of cookies, and who knows, maybe even a bitty smoke out too. Here’s what went down: NFZ: As they say in Jamaica, “A who you, mon?” Gingermon: For twenty years I was the part owner and sales rep for a Human Resources Consulting company that we eventually sold.  I had…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: David Bowie “Aladdin Sane”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: David Bowie “Aladdin Sane”

It dawned on me yesterday as I wrote the review for the amazing Ronnie Dawson’s “Monkey Beat”, that there may be some bigger artists’ work that I may have overlooked. I did a scroll through the last 90 reviews and realized I have never mentioned David Bowie. Maybe it was the combo of me missing him as an artist after his death, or maybe it was my own disappointment with his last album, Black Star,…

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An Exclusive Interview With Charles Matthews Jr.

An Exclusive Interview With Charles Matthews Jr.

Taking some time out from tickling the ivories, keyboardist and music director to the stars Charles Matthews Jr. sat down with the staff of The No Fly Zone Magazine to talk about “Interpretations”, his current album on the market. NFZ: Where were you were born and where do you reside these days? I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  I lived briefly in New York, but returned to my roots in Chicago.  I love…

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