The Unreleased “Shuga” Theme

Some of Nigeria and Ghana’s biggest stars teamed up on “Shuga,” a song that was apparently somehow passed over for the theme to the HIV-stigma-breaking TV series Shuga. The fluttering synths of the beat, produced by Chopstix, sound rather uncannily ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Onyeabor Mystery Persists in New Documentary

William Onyeabor is one of the most unique Nigerian performers of the &#8217;70s and &#8217;80s and also, very likely, the most mysterious. While we covered Onyeabor in our exploration of synthesizers in Africa, the new documentary Fantastic Man, directed by ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Life Begins

Tosin Aribisala, Nigerian master drummer (master of the drum kit, that is), has performed with Femi Kuti, Antibalas and many others. He&#8217;s been living in Washington DC since 2001, pursuing a career as a well-known freelance drummer, an active gospel musician ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Young Fathers on Their Democratic Recording “Dead”

Young Fathers, Scotland&#8217;s leading rap trio, have returned, after three excellent EPs and the recent &#8220;Music to&#8230; Babylon&#8221; mix for iD Magazine, with their debut full-length, DEAD (available from Anticon in the US). The band tackles dark subjects on the ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Funky Folklore: An Interview with Eno Williams of Ibibio Soundmachine

What&#8217;s the first thing you think when you hear the music of Ibibio Soundmachine? Well, if you&#8217;re anything like us, it&#8217;s probably something along the lines of &#8220;Damn that&#8217;s funky,&#8221; followed in short order by &#8220;Took them long enough!&#8221; Delivering ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Ibibio Sound Machine

Ibibio Sound Machine’s debut album sounds like the best parts of about half a dozen different genres from the 70s and 80s,  all combined with an up-to-date electronic production approach, and the warm voice of the seriously stylin’ Eno Williams. ... Read more &#187;

Field Report: SXSW 2014

For over two decades South by Southwest, the annual 10-day film, interactive and music conference and festival in Austin, Texas, was the place to see new unsigned bands and for established musicians to seek new audiences. This year, however, the ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>