What Mali Blues achieves as a film is a vivid exposition of the musical landscape of Mali. By following each of the four subjects, the film, brings you the past and the present sounds in all its rich diversity.
The 1980s was a great time for African electronic music, with many subgenres like the Lagos Bougie sound, Burger Highlife, Makossa, Arab Funk (Habibi Funk) and Bubblegum Pop blooming from the fertile sound of the synthesizer and other electronic instruments coming mainly from Europe. Influenced partly by the global funk sound, African artists from Cairo... Continue Reading →
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.
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.
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 is making a resounding statement on his first studio album in 15 years, “Lala Belu”.
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.
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.