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Tag: African Music
How To Find Steve Monite: Looking Beyond “Only You”
The 1980s was a great time for African electronic music, with many subgenres like the Lagos Bougie sound, Burger Highlife, … More
Album Review: Odunsi Engineers Future Sounds With Elements of The Past on Debut Album “rare.”
From the sparkly album art to the loose yet compact sequencing of fragments of his life in the track listing, Odunsi has successfully managed to create a courageous body of work that is enriching at its coldest and blissful at its warmest. Some moments in music are so rare and candid that they are instantly unforgettable. With the right chemistry of honest naked emotions and measured portions of the bliss of nostalgia and the racy excitement of uncertainty, few artists are able to hypnotize listeners. On “rare.” Odunsi The Engine does just that.
Album Review: Examining The Blueprints of Ga Electronic Music on Asokpor 1.0 by Jowaa
For Jowaa, this release promises to be the start of a boosted broadcast project where the pair aim to beam their sound as far as possible. It stands out in the current scope of Ghanaian alternative music as it pays homage to a long traditional of Accra based electronic music as well as engineering dance blueprints that are relevant to today’s times. Asorkpor 1.0 is beautiful for its sonic precision yet alive because of the narrative hardwired into the sound.
Album Review: DJ Katapila – Aroo
For Katapila, this EP represent and exploration of the freedom and luxury afford him by succes yet it fails to make any resounding statement that sticks with you. However, you’re still mesmerised into blissful dance, in typical Katapila fashion, with hard hitting bases and kinetic chords, straight from the streets of Accra.
Ethio-jazz Legend Hailu Mergia Makes Strong Comeback on First Album in 15 years, “Lala Belu”
Ethio-jazz legend, Hailu Mergia is making a resounding statement on his first studio album in 15 years, “Lala Belu”.
Album Review: Chino Amobi’s Search for “Paradiso” Highlights The Journey of Black Bodies Through Electronic Music
Paradiso tells the story of the black body through electronic music, presenting a candid and tangible dimension that can only be experience through this haphazard mess of sounds, tightly knit by the breadcrumbs of relatable noise, layered at various points on the projects.
Album Review: Follow Shekhinah’s unique glow on debut album, “Rose Gold”
With few bumps along the groove, Rose Gold is an easily enjoyable record by a young artist with so much promise. Wrapping up in just 41 minutes, the album quickly warms up to you by being honest and relatable whilst sculpting a welcoming soundscape littered with a well-blended variety of moody and cheerful sounds.
Album Review: Kyekyeku breathes new life into HighLife Music on “Sor”
With his sophomore tape, Kyekyeku has created a wholesome sound referencing his influences yet asserting his personality at the same time. You get the nostalgic appeal of golden-age highlife alloyed with the refreshing flavor of the present transporting you to Ghana music paradise!
Oumou Sangare Charms “Today’s People” with new album “Mogoya”
On this new LP, what you get from Oumou Sangare is what you would expect from a seasoned musician and more. She gives you the tenderness of her past, seasoned with the sweet promise of tomorrow without laboring you with too much or stepping away from who she is and what she stands for.