Femi Kuti is a world-music master, a deep political thinker, and a true Nigerian patriot.
Just like his famous late father, Fela, the fearsome legend who pioneered an entirely fresh fusion of complex African rhythms and electrified Western sounds, invented the term Afrobeat, embodied Black Power, d ... More >>
As executive director of the Rhythm Foundation, Laura Quinlan is more than a little familiar with world music stereotypes.
"Guys sitting around the fire playing their digeridoos," she offers, playfully. "Full-moon drumming."
In fact, parodies of international folk's hippie and/or New Age contingen ... More >>
When legendary Nigerian bandleader Fela Kuti toured the US in the '70s, he was blown away by the funk, soul, disco and other African-American music forms he heard here. So he took them with him back to Nigeria, threw them in the blender with some African dance highlife and traditional Yoruba music, ... More >>
A spoonful of Nintendo helps the Beethoven go down. That's the philosophy that the Boston String Quartet has applied to getting high school students excited about classical music with its Ethno-Urban Orchestra.Through this initiative, the BSQ will invite about 100 high school students from around ... More >>
With Sophie Hunger
Presented by Rhythm Foundation
Thursday, November 11, 2011
Better Than: Being exiled from your native land and wandering the desert in search of rock 'n' roll.
In the past month Grand Central has treated us to eye-cros ... More >>
While there's reason to rage against the media saturation inherent to the internet (e.g. too many chill/witch/triangle clone bands uploading from their bedrooms), you've got to celebrate the World Wide Web for the incomparable access it grants to musical worlds previously impossible to connect ... More >>
As far as Seun Kuti is concerned, art should inspire society. And it should be political.
"The fact that music is no longer as political as it used to be, say in '60s and '70s, is one of the problems we have with youth education and development today," Kuti says. "Because most youths don't eve ... More >>
Ghana's soul rebel Rocky Dawani.Can you hear that slow-building beat rumbling through the streets? It doesn't matter whether you're downtown, over in the Design District, or holed up in the Grove. There's no avoiding it ... You can feel it in your feet, your knees, and your gut.
For the 13th ye ... More >>
From many angles (musical, cultural, etc.) one can argue that we all have African roots. But that's not an argument that I feel qualified to follow up on, especially since I'm a huge Fela Kuti fan and while not having an ounce of his genius in me (that's why I write about music, duh), I feel a cer ... More >>
As I was cruising the blogosphere over the weekend, I came across an interesting story that definitely caught me by surprise. MTV,
home to all things exploitive and pop, just held their first annual
African Music Awards in Abuja, Nigeria this past Saturday. It's a move
that could bolster more visibi ... More >>